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With great sadness, Virginia Wesleyan College shares the passing of former Virginia Wesleyan College Trustee James “Jimmy” W. Griffiths on September 7, 2016, at the age of 88. He resided in Ponce Inlet, Florida, at the time of his passing, having moved with his wife, Jackie Troutman Griffiths, from Norfolk to Florida. Born in Merion, Pennsylvania, Griffiths attended Radnor High School in Wayne and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware. He worked for 46 years for the family industrial hardware business of Watters and Martin, Inc., of Norfolk, and retired as President in 2001. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Wesleyan College, where he had studied art, and served as Chairman of the Norfolk Electoral Board for eight years. He holds a family charter membership in the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, and formerly served as a Board Member of the Virginia Symphony. He was a member of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church. His greatest interests included trains and lighthouses, as well as boating, golf, and his special talent for creating watercolors with a style reminiscent of the work of friends Jamie and Andrew Wyeth. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Griffiths' name to the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church, P.O. Box 7175, Daytona Beach, FL 32116-7175. Condolences may be shared at