History & Staff

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Griffiths Funeral Homes Cremation and Funeral Services Weatherly, PA The Griffiths Family Funeral Homes History

Our History

The Griffiths Family Funeral Homes is a family owned and operated funeral business located in Northeast Pennsylvania. We operate out of three separate locations. In Schuylkill County we operate the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, Inc., located at 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; and the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Inc., 2066 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. The Holmes-Griffiths Funeral Home, Inc., is located at 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua in a shared arrangement with the Griffiths Funeral Home. The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home is located at 211 First Street, Weatherly, in Carbon County Pennsylvania. These three locations allow us to successfully serve the families in the Tamaqua, Panther Valley and Weatherly school districts, as well as those who have ventured out of the area and wish to come home for their burial.

As a sixth generation funeral director, I bring with me a sense of history of the region and the families that we have served. Most people know me just as Sank Griffiths. I was named E. Franklin after my father and grandfather, who both served the community as funeral director's and as active members of the community. I have always felt that it is my responsiblity to guide families through difficult times. Any licensed funeral director can successfully orchestrate a nice funeral; however, the services we offer cover much more. I look at funeral service as much more than the actual service and burial, this is where I separate from the traditional funeral director.

When I decided to join my father's business, I knew that, for me, there had to be more that I could do for the family I was serving. It is in this end that I am greatly rewarded. I can assist the family with processing pensions, acquiring health premium refunds and filing insurance claims. These are just a few of the tedious and often confusing paperwork associated with a death in the family. I am also available to discuss the value of pre-planned funerals and how this can relieve family members of dealing with this burden at time of need. Planning for the inevitable allows families the opportunity to be active participants without the grief. For families facing the prospect of in-home or nursing home care, I can assist with the applications and the establishing of Irrevocable Burial Accounts that meet all goverment imposed standards.

I find being a funeral director rewarding. I feel that caring for friends and neighbors is more than just a business, it is a vocation. At the Griffiths Family Funeral Homes, we try to make a difference with our kind and professional staff.

Our Valued Staff

  • E. Franklin  Griffiths III

    E. Franklin Griffiths III, Owner/Funeral Director/Supervisor

    E. Franklin "Sank" Griffiths III is the owner of Griffiths Family Funeral Services. He and his family reside in Hometown, Pennsylvania. Sank is a 1977 graduate of Tamaqua High School and a 1978 graduate of The Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. He is a 1982 graduate of Susquehanna University with a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Economics. He is a 1983 graduate of New England Institute of Mortuary Science obtaining a Mortuary Degree and graduating Magna Cum Lade.

  • Philip  Jeffries

    Philip Jeffries, Funeral Director/Supervisor


    Philip Jeffries was born in Ohio in 1944 and came to Weatherly 1959 as a sophomore. The same year he began helping his father at the Funeral Home.

    He played baritone WHS Band; Sr. class play; Debating team; yearbook; Initiation Committee.

    Phil was a member of the class of 1962 from WHS. He attended Penn State University - Hazleton and graduated in 1966 from the American Academy McAllister Institute Funeral Service NY, NY.

    He interned at the Trexler Funeral Home in Allentown from 1966-1967. In 1967 he joined the United States Army. He was a member of the U.S. Army Graves Registration in Vietnam, Embalmer at Danang Mortuary 1968. Phil was an instructor at the Ft. Lee, Virginia School for Memorial Activities.

    He returned to Weatherly in 1970 and joined his father in the Funeral Business. His parents retired to Lancaster, PA.

    On December 20, 1970, Phil married the former Margaret Wiessner of Coaldale. They have two daughters: Lisa, wife of Jeff Winheld of Weatherly and Amy, wife of Dr. Scott Lintz of Palmyra, PA. Phil was the commencement speaker at Amy's 1972 graduation from WHS. Margaret and Phil are the proud grandparents of Olivia Winheld of Weatherly and Kreider and Katie Lintz of Palmyra.

    Phil was the Assistant Coach WHS cross country team from 1987 to 2004; Member: Weatherly Schools Wellness Committee; Hazle Azalea Fellowship Lodge F&AM Hazleton and Lehigh Consistory Allentown; American Legion Post 360 - Weatherly; VFW; WHS Alumni Association; Silver Ridge Hunting Club; Weatherly Tree Commission and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

    He served as Carbon County Coroner from 1988 to 1996. He is still a deputy coroner. He gave many presentations to students about drinking and driving with Fire Companies in the county and also a presentation at PA State Police Camp Cadet.

    Since 1988 he has been a field study preceptor in embalming for Northampton Community College. He recently gave a special presentation with pictures to Funeral Service at NCCC class about the Danang Mortuary and is currently working with Aurora Films of Lancaster, PA on a documentary about the Vietnam Mortuary system. He has given many presentations to Mrs. Hill’s family living classes at WHS about Funeral Service.