In Loving Memory of

Jonathan Alan Griggs


Jonathan Alan Griggs joined his Savior on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida after a long fight with COVID-19. He was 48. Jonathan was born in Dothan, Alabama on April 20, 1972. He began his college career at Chipola Junior College, and after several stops in between, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He married the love of his life, Shelly, on August 9, 1997. He began his professional career at MWI in Deerfield Beach, Fl and continued his engineering career at Sensus in Orlando, Fl. However, Jonathan always felt led into career ministry. In 2010, Jonathan and Shelly answered “yes” to the call into full time ministry. They began their career with the International Mission Board, and they served together faithfully in Hong Kong for 10 years. Jonathan had a passion for evangelism, discipleship and worshipping Jesus through music. He loved and served those around him with selflessness and diligence. He was a faithful and loving husband and loved his family so well. Jonathan is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Shelly, and their three daughters Adrienne (Kenny) Simms, Lydia Griggs and Marisa Griggs and two granddaughters Avery Simms and Amelia Simms. Jonathan is also survived by his sister, Amy (William) Griffin. He is preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Griggs. A celebration of life service will be held at North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville, Fl on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 with a visitation at 10am and service at 11am. Given the times
seating is very limited. The service will be streamed both on Facebook and on North Central’s YouTube Channel. Whether you choose to join us in person or online, please feel free to participate by sending memories and photos to [email protected] to be published in a keepsake book for the family. The service can be viewed via the following platforms either live or at your convenience:  or  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in memory of Jonathan Griggs at

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14 Responses

  1. Danyel and David Humphrey at · Reply

    Shelly, Adrienne, Lydia, Marissa, Avery, Amelia and Amy, we have been praying for you and will continue. We are so sorry for your great loss. Praying for peace that passes all understanding.
    In Christ,
    The Humphreys

  2. Carrie To at · Reply

    According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
    Philippians 1:20

  3. Shelley Hurst Morales at · Reply

    My heart goes out to all of you, especially Shelly. I know your faith will lead you through this until you are reunited with your beloved Jonathan. Until then I pray your memories give you peace and laughter. Xoxo

  4. Flora Leung at · Reply

    Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed,.But if it dies ,it produces many seeds.
    John 12:24

  5. George and Susan Gulledge at · Reply

    So sorry for this terrific loss of someone so dear. May God grant you peace and comfort during this sad time. Our prayers are with his friends and loved ones.

  6. FANSEU KAMHOUA Barakeel at · Reply

    It is with great sorrow that we heard the news. We have not since ceased to pray. And by God’s grace will keep doing so. ????May the God of all confort ne Your confort in thèse very sad times (2 Cor 1:3-11)

  7. Inez Linebarger at · Reply

    Shelley, we are so saddened about the death of Jonathan. When we left Hong Kong, we knew we left the office in good hands. Our prayers are with you and the girls as you seek the Lord’s comfort during these difficult days.

    Inez and Gary Linebarger

  8. Gladys Wong at · Reply

    “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believers in me, though he were dead, yet shall be live:”
    John 11:25

  9. Shirley Warren at · Reply

    Shelly, Adrienne , Lydia and Marissa I am so sorry for your great loss. Jonathan loved so well. I pray the God of all comfort will hold each of you through these days. Praying for you daily. Love you much. Hugs.

  10. Anna Leung at · Reply

    Shelly, it’s so sad to know that Jonathan had gone to Jesus so sudden and quickly. He’s a faithful servant to the Lord! Now he is with Jesus in peace! Pray that God’s love and peace all around you and the girls always !

  11. Paula Blankenship at · Reply

    Praying for your family

  12. Joseph and Grace at · Reply

    Dear Shelly
    We truly appreciate the years you and your family spent in our city, your love to our people. It’s time Jonathan was left to rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the coming days and weeks. May God bless you!
    「“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’」
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  13. Connie Lee at · Reply

    Hi Shelly and Family,

    May the peace of God cover you during this difficult time of grief. Praying for you and your family.

    Connie Lee and Andrew Li from ICS

  14. Johnny Harris at · Reply

    Jonathan Griggs was the kind of man as teenager, that I still strive to be in my fifties. He was kind, caring, and funny. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

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