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Founded in 1938, the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home & Cremation Services is a caring, family-owned and operated establishment. Information is offered for families regarding social security, veterans' benefits, and other logistical concerns. Pre-need planning is available as well. The President emeritus, "Buster" Griffith, is known for his outstanding service to the Bradenton community, and was recognized as Manatee County's Citizen of the Year in 2008.

 The caring and experienced professionals at Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services are here to support you through this difficult time.

We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one, and we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time. You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance or visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.

We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more about us from the privacy of your own home.

A death can be emotionally devastating and financially difficult. We are here to help, with a welcoming and comfortable environment to receive family and friends. When it comes to pre-planning for yourself and your spouse, or making final arrangements for someone you love, we provide quality and caring service to you and your family.

 Our History

In 1938, Jesse M. Griffith and C. R. Cline purchased the Wakeman Funeral Home on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton, Florida.  They changed the name of the firm to Griffith-Cline Funeral Home and began serving the residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties with care, compassion, and dignified service.  In 1945, the funeral home suffered a devastating fire, which began in an automotive section of the facility.  Thankfully no one was injured, although the funeral home suffered extensive damage.  The funeral home was rebuilt and business continued to grow.  Shortly thereafter, it was evident that a much larger and more modern facility was needed in order to serve client families with the attention to detail and service that remain a hallmark of Griffith-Cline to this day.  The partners purchased property adjacent to their business and began construction of a purpose-built, state-of-the-art funeral home.

Upon his discharge from the U. S. Navy following service in World War II, Jesse Griffith’s son, O. M. "Buster" Griffith joined the firm.  He attended Eccles Mortuary School in Philadelphia, PA and became a licensed embalmer/funeral director.  When Mr. Cline became seriously ill, Buster purchased his interests in the firm and became business partner with his father.  The partnership flourished with Buster assuming the day to day running of the firm when  his father developed brain cancer in the early 1950s.  Full ownership of the business passed to Buster when his father died in the late 1950s.

In the meantime, the firm rapidly outgrew the newly-built facility.  The original Wakeman building was moved and became a private residence.  Thus began a series of renovations and expansion of the funeral home, culminating in its latest renovation in 2004.

In 1960, Griffith-Cline was the first funeral firm in Manatee county to install its own crematory.  We continue to operate our own on-site crematory to this day.

Ken Griffith, Buster’s son joined the firm in 1967 and is now its owner/president.  So, seventy-five years after the firm’s founding and now under the ownership of the third generation of the Griffith family, Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services remains a trusted name in funeral service for Manatee and Sarasota county families.

Jesse Griffith once remarked that the core of his firm’s business philosophy was service.  That remains our philosophy to this day.  We thank all those families who over the years have placed their trust in Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services and pledge ourselves to upholding the values first established by Jesse Griffith and C. R. Cline in 1938.

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