The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Corinth Baptist Church, GA Highway 127 - Garden Valley Community, Ideal, Macon County, Georgia, where Reverend Governor Gibson is pastor. The Reverend Isaiah Tookes will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
L. J. was born August 17, 1935 in Ideal, Macon County, Georgia to the late Charlie Griffin, Sr. and the late Savannah Davis Griffin. He was preceded in death by five siblings: Charlie H. Griffin, Jr., Farrie Lee Griffin Bailey, Pauline Griffin Rucker, Mary Griffin Rucker, and Bertha B. Griffin Mathis.
L.J. was educated in the public school system of Macon County, where he attended the historic Wilbur Hall A.M.E. Church Elementary School of the Garden Valley Community. After completion of school, L. J. enlisted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged December 7th, 1957. He was the recipient of several ribbons, commendations, and medals, including the marksman rifleman award. L. J. was employed with Mulcoa Mineral of Andersonville, Georgia and after many dedicated years of service, he retired as a front-end loader.
L. J. was united in holy matrimony to Corine Harris Griffin, and they were blessed with seven children. One daughter, Clara Regina Griffin, preceded him in death.
On Saturday morning, December 20, 2014 L. J. Griffin departed this earthly life, but never the less he has gained new life. Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore there, God was thy ransom and thy guide. He gave his life that we may have a right to the tree of life. “Sleep on dear one, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.” We love you as much today, as we did yesterday and even more tomorrow.
He leaves a legacy of love and memories to his beloved family: a loving and devoted wife, Corine Harris Griffin, Ideal, Georgia; his beloved children, Gilbert (Mary) Harris, Ideal, Georgia, Joyce Griffin (Samuel Donell) Jones, East Point, Georgia, Cynthia Griffin (Lorenzo) Patterson, Jonesboro, Georgia, Michael Griffin, Ideal, Georgia, Bobby R. Griffin, Decatur, Georgia, and Shelia Griffin (Leon) Davis, Americus, Georgia; five grandchildren, Keysha Harris (Stephen) Knights, Locus Grove, Georgia, Trae Jones, East Point, Georgia, Samuel Jamal Jones, East Point, Georgia, Phaedra Griffin (the granddaughter he helped to rear), Ideal, Georgia, and Jessica Davis, Americus, Georgia; three great grandchildren, Eli Knights, Ethan Knights and Elliott Knights; one sister, Corene Griffin Sparks, Montezuma, Georgia; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.