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, 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.