Christine Julie Griffis

Christine Julie Griffis, age 82, a resident of Harriman, passed away Sunday, March 24, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Mrs. Griffis was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Burrville, Tenn. She was a lifelong resident of this area.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Before her retirement, she was employed as a housekeeper at Alexander Motor Inn in Oak Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Bolling and Dellia Walden Bolling; by a daughter, Geraldine Seiber;; by a sister, Elizabeth Mae Childs; and by five brothers, James Early, Lewis, Joseph, John Oliver, and Samuel Bolling.

Mrs. Griffis is survived by a daughter, Debra Lowery and husband Dennis of Lancing; by a son, Donnie Griffis of Harriman; by grandchildren, Tyler Lowery, Matthew Seiber, David McCann, Doug McCann and wife Tammy, Holly Seiber, and Terri Cooper; and by six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Ray Bolling and wife Mary Lou of Burville, and by extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home with Pastor John Edwards officiating. Burial and graveside services followed at Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at


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