CULLMAN, Ala. — Bertis (Bert) Edward McGriff, who founded and oversaw the expansion of McGriff Tire & Service, died July 11 at his home in Cullman of natural causes. He was 94.
After returning from the U.S. Armed Forces in 1942 as a Purple Heart recipient, Mr. McGriff was appointed manager in 1948 of a new Shell Oil station in Cullman. Today, McGriff Tire operates 11 predominantly commercial tire locations in Alabama and two in Tennessee, with nearly 400 employees.
The company also is one of the largest Bandag-franchised retreaders in the country.
Mr. McGriff was a charter member of Eldorado Tire Co., spent 12 years on the Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. board of directors and was a founding member of the Alabama Tire Dealers Association.
Among the tributes on his online obituary is one from former business partner Ed Johndrow, who called Mr. McGriff "the best business partner I had during my entire 38 years in the tire industry. If Mr Bert said it, you could count on it. The most honest and fair man I have ever met."