The funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church, 411 Cotton Avenue, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow in the Andersonville National Cemetery, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia.
Deacon Ernest Griffin, Sr., the son of the late Milton Griffin and Johnnie Mae Brown, was born on June 29, 1921 in the city of Bronwood, the county of Terrell, and the state of Georgia. He was educated in the public school system of Terrell County. His Christian background had it beginning in the First Bronwood Missionary Baptist Church of Bronwood, Georgia. His Christian training materialized this young man to be a devout Christian and dedicated church member. He was ordained into the deacon ministry and later appointed as chairman of the Deacon Board Ministry. He supported every facet of the church he loved so well until his health failed. Even though his health failed the church and its members were deeply embedded in his heart.
As a firm believer in Christ Jesus, Deacon Griffin set the foundation in his home with his wife, Louise, his children and grandchildren. They would have nightly prayer meeting, always praying for his children and church family. He would lift a hymn while Louise would lift her voice to Christ in prayer and song. The children were taught bible verses and they repeated them during the service. The memory of the nightly devotion will always be remembered and treasured within our hearts. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Louise; four children, Ernest James Griffin, Jr., Shirlene Griffin Adams, Albert Douglas Griffin, Connie Will Griffin; two grandson, Albert Milton Griffin, Albert Douglas Griffin.; eleven siblings, Elizabeth Griffin Gaines, Clemmie Dodson, James Field Parker, Pauline Robinson, Roscoe Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Bennie Griffin, Eddie Griffin, Sr., Essie Mae Massengill, Sarah Glover, and Ozie Dell Wright.
Ernest was a World War II veteran and served during the Korean War. He was the recipient of several ribbons and metal commemorations. The country he served was very appreciative for the service he rendered.
Ernest Griffin was a dedicated member and gold card holder of the Bartholomew Masonic Lodge #177 of Plains, Georgia.
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Ernest Griffin, Sr. joined that great caravan which transitioned him from his earthly home to his eternal home in heaven. A home not built with hands but eternal in heaven.
Those who are left behind will cherish his legacy and love which include three daughters, Peggy Patterson (Will), Akron, Ohio, Pearline Marlin (Harold), Americus, Georgia, Joyce G. Dice, Americus, Georgia, and; nineteen grandchildren, Stg. Major Tyeez (Cordell) Gailliard, Sierria Vista, Arizona, LaTwinthia (Bobby) Hinton, Byron, Georgia, Tarsha Tarver, Brunswick, Georgia, Constance (Bernard) Lamb, LaShaunda Griffin, Contessa Moss, Stacy Adams, Lisa Adams, Kelsey (Mary) Adams, Marsha Robinson, Karen Reddick, Courtney Griffin, Nicole (Rick) Scott, Shenna Griffin, Latoya Griffin, Regina P. (Dorian) Davis, Ja Sand Patterson, Akron, Ohio, Nikita (Kareem) Hyman, Michael Douglas Griffin, Bayshore, New York; forty-one great grandchildren, and fifty great great grandchildren; five siblings, Delmarie (Johnathan) Judge, Monroe (Yolanda) Griffin, Milton (Jacquelyn) Griffin, and Otis Griffin; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wordly, Orland, Florida, W. Florence Gant, Hartford, Connecticut, Bessie Smith, Yvonne Griffin, Atlanta, Georgia, Wilma Griffin, Gwendolyn Griffin and Celestine Griffin; all of Albany, Georgia a host of beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and friends including caregivers and the Sheffield Street neighbors and the Phoebe Sumter Hospice Care.