Founder Expresses Condolences for Savannah Builders Killed in Crash
ATLANTA, Feb. 7 - Habitat for Humanity International Founder and President Millard Fuller on Thursday expressed his condolences to the families of four men killed in a plane crash Wednesday shortly after taking off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. The men - Clyde Anthony "Tony" Griffin, Mark W. Neville, Rodney J. Hall, and Bobby Reed Jr. - supported Habitat for Humanity's work as officials of the Homebuilders Association of Savannah.
"Habitat for Humanity has lost some wonderful and dedicated friends in the tragic plane crash in Atlanta on Feb. 6," said Fuller. "Tony Griffin, owner of C.A. Griffin Custom Homebuilder and a past president of the Homebuilders Association of Savannah, was instrumental in launching the highly successful Holiday Buildathon initiative of Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity in Savannah. He and his company won the competition on the first buildathon five years ago." Four different homebuilding companies participated in succeeding years. Tony's company has continued to actively support this program. One year, he participated through the Remodelers Council of the Savannah Homebuilders Association.
"Mark Neville, another man killed in the plane crash, also was a past president of the Savannah Homebuilders Association and was associated with the Savannah Electric Company," said Fuller. "Mark and Savannah Electric - where Bobby Reed Jr., and Rodney Hall (the other two men killed in the plane crash) also worked - was very involved in and supportive of the work of Habitat for Humanity in Savannah.
"On behalf of the entire Habitat for Humanity organization, I want to express our sincerest condolences to the families of the fine and dedicated men who lost their lives this week," said Fuller. "We pray for God's blessings for the grieving families as we give thanks for these men and their lives of caring and concern, especially expressed through their selfless support of Habitat for Humanity."
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 120,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.