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Sarah Ann Griffin

Female, #11553, (16 January 1874 - 31 December 1955)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Sarah Ann Griffin|b. 16 Jan 1874\nd. 31 Dec 1955|p723.htm#i11553|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*16 Jan 1874 Sarah was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 16 Jan 1874. 
 She was the daughter of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Census*1880 Sarah was in the in 1880 census at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama
Marriage*19 Jan 1899 She married Isaac Larkus Reeves at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 19 Jan 1899 at age 25. 
Married Name19 Jan 1899  As of 19 Jan 1899, her married name was Reeves. 
Death*31 Dec 1955 She died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 31 Dec 1955 at age 81. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Oak Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* She was known as "Annie." A niece, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote in 31 Jan 1979 letter that "Aunt Annie Reeves was very humble, kind & quiet natured." 

Family

Isaac Larkus Reeves b. 10 Oct 1874, d. 27 Oct 1954
Marriage*19 Jan 1899 She married Isaac Larkus Reeves at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 19 Jan 1899 at age 25. 
Children

Last Edited9 Jul 1999

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 321.

Isaac Larkus Reeves

Male, #11554, (10 October 1874 - 27 October 1954)

FatherHiram Harrison Reeves b. 21 Apr 1853, d. 4 Mar 1919
MotherVictoria Young b. 5 Aug 1855, d. 22 Nov 1941
Isaac Larkus Reeves|b. 10 Oct 1874\nd. 27 Oct 1954|p723.htm#i11554|Hiram Harrison Reeves|b. 21 Apr 1853\nd. 4 Mar 1919|p1375.htm#i21992|Victoria Young|b. 5 Aug 1855\nd. 22 Nov 1941|p1375.htm#i21993|||||||||||||

Birth*10 Oct 1874 Isaac was born on 10 Oct 1874. 
Employment* Isaac's occupation: farmer.  
 He was the son of Hiram Harrison Reeves and Victoria Young
Marriage*19 Jan 1899 He married Sarah Ann Griffin at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 19 Jan 1899 at age 24. 
Death*27 Oct 1954 He died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 27 Oct 1954 at age 80. 
Burial* His body was interred at Oak Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* Isaac was a first cousin of James Furman Reeves. Isaac's father Hiram Reeves, and Willis Cornelius Reeves, were brothers. 

Family

Sarah Ann Griffin b. 16 Jan 1874, d. 31 Dec 1955
Marriage*19 Jan 1899 He married Sarah Ann Griffin at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 19 Jan 1899 at age 24. 
Children

Last Edited9 Jul 1999

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 321.

John Thomas Griffin

Male, #11555, (11 May 1876 - 23 June 1922)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
John Thomas Griffin|b. 11 May 1876\nd. 23 Jun 1922|p723.htm#i11555|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*11 May 1876 John was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 11 May 1876. 
 He was the son of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Employment* John's occupation: farmer.  
Census*1880 He was listed as a son in the census report at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, in 1880. 
Census1900 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Clay Co., Alabama, in 1900. 
Marriage*15 Jan 1908 He married LeEmma Bartlett at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 15 Jan 1908 at age 31. 
Death*23 Jun 1922 He died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 23 Jun 1922 at age 46. 
Burial* His body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* According to an entry for his brother, James O. Griffin, on p. 253 of Vol. 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and Her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc., J. Thomas "died at Lineville of typhoid fever in June 1922...." 

Family

LeEmma Bartlett b. 28 Feb 1879, d. 22 Oct 1965
Marriage*15 Jan 1908 He married LeEmma Bartlett at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 15 Jan 1908 at age 31. 
Children

Last Edited15 Feb 2009

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217.

LeEmma Bartlett

Female, #11556, (28 February 1879 - 22 October 1965)

Birth*28 Feb 1879 LeEmma was born on 28 Feb 1879. 
Marriage*15 Jan 1908 She married John Thomas Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 15 Jan 1908 at age 28. 
Married Name15 Jan 1908  As of 15 Jan 1908, her married name was Griffin. 
Death*22 Oct 1965 She died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Oct 1965 at age 86. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* The following article is from a Lineville, AL newspaper April 1990: Scholarship Fund Set Up In Memory Of Griffins The family of the late LeEmma Bartlett Griffin and John Thomas Griffin have set up a scholarship in their memory. The scholarship will be given to a graduating senior at Lineville High School in the amount of $1,000 per year to be administered by a committee composed of the principal, assistant principal and guidance counselor, along with two other persons of choice by the three mentioned here, if they prefer to enlarge the committee. The student will be selected on the basis of academic record, minimum ACT score of 20 or equivalent on any other test of the same type, extracurricular actives and similar factors. All other factors being equal, the scholarship will be given on the basis of the greatest need for financial assistance. The scholarship will be awarded at graduation and will actually be paid to the recipient within thirty days of his/her entrance to college. The scholarship will be renewable for the four year duration of the student's college career, provided their grades are kept to a certain level and all scholarship requirements are met. When, and if, the fund is near exhaustion, the money will be awarded on a pro-rata basis to the students already in college. The scholarship is being made available through Merrol and Louise (Wilkerson) Griffin, Emyl and Mescal (Kelley) Griffin, Michael and Janice Griffin, Steve and Charlotte (Griffin) Robertson, Marshall Griffin and Mark Griffin. The scholarship is given in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by the mother in order to get the two sons (Merroll and Emyl) through high school and college. The father, John Thomas Griffin, passed away when the boys were ages seven and four respectively, but they felt his love as extended by the mother, friends and relatives following his death. They realize that his efforts to get them through school would have been just as great as the mother's. Following the death of the father, the mother and two sons pedaled butter and sold chickens until she was able to sell the small farm where they lived South of Lineville. Mr. Emyl Griffin stated that his mother took odd jobs cleaning houses, etc. in order to get he and his older brother through school. The Great Depression came, and it seemed that there just wasn't any money, but still the older son, Merrol, entered the University of Alabama and completed his degree in electrical engineering. Emyl graduated two years later and took whatever jobs he could find to continue his education at the University. He cleaned tables, swept floors and did whatever was necessary to earn a few dollars to stay in school. During his junior year, his landlady put him in charge of buying groceries and cooking for their boarding house, and this proved to be a special break, financially speaking. He came back to Lineville where he soon signed on with Higgins Company and has been with that firm every since. Griffin explained that the family wanted to do something to help other young people who might be struggling to get through college and to honor their beloved parents at the same time. "My brother and I would never have gotten where we are today had it not been for our Mother's determination, and it is for the honor of her and our father that we're establishing this scholarship." In closing, it may also be noted that the trust fund for this scholarship is open for others who might wish to contribute to make it an even longer-running source for LHS graduates who need financial assistance. 

Family

John Thomas Griffin b. 11 May 1876, d. 23 Jun 1922
Marriage*15 Jan 1908 She married John Thomas Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 15 Jan 1908 at age 28. 
Children

Last Edited9 Jul 1999

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217.

Lelia Eugenia Griffin

Female, #11557, (10 April 1878 - 13 October 1936)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Lelia Eugenia Griffin|b. 10 Apr 1878\nd. 13 Oct 1936|p723.htm#i11557|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*10 Apr 1878 Lelia was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 10 Apr 1878. 
 She was the daughter of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Employment* Lelia's occupation: farmer.  
Census*1880 Lelia was in the in 1880 census at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama
Census1900 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Clay Co., Alabama, in 1900. 
Death*13 Oct 1936 She died on 13 Oct 1936 at age 58. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* Lelia Eugenia was named Eugenia after her mother. Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote 31 Jan 1979: I loved my Aunt Lelia. If there was a saint, she was one. She was also good natured and quiet. She was so good to me. She used to make me such pretty little dresses. She would come get me in the buggy and I'd stay sometimes a week with her. She was a great cook. It really hurt me when she died.
Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote in a 10 Jan 1992 letter: Aunt Lelia was a "farmer" - she had a portion of the farm & planted cotton & corn (corn for the stock) - she worked in the field mostly, she was a good cook but during planting & harvesting time she worked in the field except on "Wash day" & then she & Aunt Maude would take the clothes to the "spring" - plenty of water. She had her own bales of cotton & knew the price of cotton daily. She died of meningitis.... Grandpa, Grandma Griffin, Aunt Lelia & Aunt Maude are buried in Old Cemetery in Lineville, just off Highway Ashland-Lineville.... 
(Witness) Research note3 Jun 2010 From: Eloise [mailto:eloisesamuels@centurytel.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:58 AM

Dear Lew,
Yes, I remember all about the house and surrounding property, including the barn, old garage for Aunt Maude's buggy, storage house and smoke house and best of all a "double seat out- house"!!!!
This will take awhile for me to describe, but I will be happy to share my precious memories. We were there once each week as long as she lived and yes, I remember Aunt Lelia WELL. She was an excellent cook and always had the best "tea cakes" you've ever tasted. Aunt Maude was a great cook as well. Elaine and I always looked forward to the summers because we enjoyed an entire week at their sweet modest little home. Aunt Lelia planted a huge garden and their fruit trees were bountiful, which she allowed us to participate in preserving everything available. Her peaches, apples, pears and grapes were the best......oh, and the many fig bushes, plus the mouth-watering strawberries! Just for the sake of keeping an oddity, they had two Quince trees across the winding little dirt road. Flowers, for every season, adorned the entire place and especially around the house. The front yard was small and practically in the road with a tiny little mailbox surrounded by petunias. The back yard was well groomed by the hands of Aunt Lelia who meticulously swept it weekly with a broom made of oak limbs.If a sprig of grass were detected, a sharp- blade- hoe took care of it immediately . Now you must remember that the standard attire for all three ladies was long skirts, as well as long underskirts, long sleeves (usually dresses were always made by the same pattern with white collars), long black stockings and black low heel shoes. All clothes, table cloths, napkins, scarves and curtains were heavily starched with Grandmother's homemadeconcoction of ingredients. Spotless was an understatement for the interior as well as exterior.
As for thestructural appearance, it was a unique OLD house built with hard pine wood. Everyone parked in the back yard and the main entrance was the back door. Approaching the door, one 's eyes were captured by the manually dug well on the back porch and conveniently located to do the family laundry (each Monday morning and you have already envisioned the wire clothes line near the house) The house faced north and south and on the east side, there was a large room that extended the length of the house with small high windows. This was Grandmother and Aunt Lelia's room , which actually would accommodate four people. Each bed was neatly covered with white chenille bedspreads. Aunt Maude's room was on the front side of the house joining a small living room, which we referredto as her library. Having taught school for many years, she had accumulated numerous children's books that Elaine and I were allowed to sit quietly and properly to read. When entering the house by rear entrance, after passing the porch, the aroma from the kitchendirected your nose to the next room, which was the dining room and "sitting room" for everyone. The extended dining room table seated six and even eight on occasions. A huge fireplace was located in this room and Grandmother's old leather and oak trimmed chair occupied the corner by the fireplace. Since she could not hear well at all, plus blind in one eye, we each knew our seating arrangement near her, which was a circlein the following order: Mama sat first, Elaine second, Eloise third, Daddy fourth, Aunt Lelia fifth and Aunt Maude sixth unless she was in her room preparing for school. We sat very quietly, listened carefully and knelt at her chair if she were speaking directly. She and Mama were excellent seamstresses and Grandmother wanted to feel and make every effort to examine our clothes. Unlimited respect was shared between her and my Daddy because both were "business-minded and honorable." Aunt Lelia was lots of fun and always gave us tea cakes wrapped in a starched white cloth as we were leaving....

Love to you,
Eloise. 

Last Edited9 Jul 1999

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 218.

Joseph Albertus Griffin

Male, #11558, (20 July 1880 - 22 May 1979)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Joseph Albertus Griffin|b. 20 Jul 1880\nd. 22 May 1979|p723.htm#i11558|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*20 Jul 1880 Joseph was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 20 Jul 1880. 
 He was the son of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Census*1900 Joseph was in the in 1900 census at Clay Co., Alabama
Marriage*30 Dec 1914 He married Flora Inzer on 30 Dec 1914 at age 34. 
Death*22 May 1979 He died at Sylacauga, Talladega Co., Alabama, on 22 May 1979 at age 98. 
Burial*24 May 1979 His body was interred on 24 May 1979 at Evergreen Cemetery, Sylacauga, Talladega Co., Alabama
Biography* Joseph A. Griffin was named for his uncle, Joseph Culpepper. Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote in a 10 Jan 1992 letter: Uncle [James] Olin [Griffin] had a good practice in Hackneyville & also telephone business.... Uncle Bert kept books on Uncle Olin's practice too - he was busy answering calls, those were horse & buggy days.... Uncle Bert married while there.... Left there, went to B'ham & worked for Haverty Furniture....
      In an entry for his brother, James O. Griffin, on p. 253 of Vol. 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and Her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc., Joseph Albertus Griffin was listed as a "credit man for the Haverty Furniture Company at Birmingham...." 27 Jul 1967, J. A. Griffin and his wife made the front page of The Sylacauga Advance: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. GRIFFIN Today is a big day for Mr. J. A. Griffin! For the company he has been with for some 33 years will close its doors early so that all his associates can attend a party for him at Willow Point Country Club. The occasion is in celebration of Mr. Griffin's 87th birthday and his associates will watch him blow candles and will sing "Happy Birthday" to a "grand guy". Born in [Good Hope near] Lineville, Mr. Griffin attended schools there and then graduated from Massey Business College in Birmingham. He married lovely Flora Inzer of Eden and in December 1967, they will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. Mr. Griffin joined Sokol's in 1934 and he came to Sylacauga as store manager in 1938. He has been active in many phases of civic and church life as well as carrying much weight in business circles. He is an active member of the Sylacauga Exchange Club and the First Baptist Church. The Griffins have a new home on the Old Rockford Road, after having operated Oak Lawn Inn for many years. They have three children, Mrs. Claude Newman, Sylacauga; Mrs. Edward Marston, Manchester, N.H; Joe Griffin, Birmingham; and seven grandchildren. All Sylacauga joins with his Sokol's friends in saying "Happy Birthday, Mr. Griffin."
      Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote 23 Feb 1980: Uncle Bert's home was such a beautiful and convenient home. Uncle Bert had that house built when he was in his 80's I suppose. He and Aunt Flora enjoyed it a few years....
      The following is from an unknown source, probably The Sylacauga Advance: J. A. Griffin Gives Drew Court Library Air Conditioner The Drew Court Library patrons can now use their facility in cool comfort thanks to Mr. J. A. Griffin of Sokol's who has given an air conditioner for the room. Presentation was made at last Thursday's meeting of the Exchange Club following a talk by Miss Dorothy Lee, librarian B. B. Comer Memorial Library. Miss Lee, program speaker for the day, told the "Library Story". After Mr. Griffin gave the air conditioner for Sokol's, the Exchange Club presented a check to help defray installation costs. Miss Lee reported that she had also received a check from Jack Nealeans.
      The following is from The Birmingham News for Wednesday, 29 Jul 1970: Alabama Amblings Retire at 89? Why should one? BY LEONARD STERN, News staff writer SYLACAUGA At the age of 89, Joseph Albertus Griffin decided that he had enough of his three month retirement from the furniture business and started back to work. Daddy Joe, as his great-grandchildren called him, began managing a furniture store in Sylacauga when he was 60. Although the retirement age is 65, Bert kept putting it off every five years on up to the age of 89 when the store finally changed ownership. Three months later, he accepted a position at another furniture store, working three days a week. Bert was never the kind to lie around, his wife says. He keeps up the lawns in front of their two houses in Sylacauga and is an avid rose gardener. He's never been to a hospital in his life, has no bad habits, an amazing eyesight and doesn't like to be called an "old man," she says. Griffin reads several current event publications and keeps up with the latest styles in men's wear. Besides his work and gardening, Griffin belongs to the Exchange Club, and has supposedly never missed a meeting. He is a handshaker every Sunday at the First Baptist Church and on its Board of Trustees. Griffin is the type of man who has never complained, which may have been the answer to his long and active life. After 56 years of marriage, Mrs. Griffin says that she has never seen him worry and that he managed to keep busy all of the time. This week, the Griffins were honored at a luncheon by their son Joe Griffin of Birmingham, and their two daughters, Mrs. Sala [Sara] Marston of Manchester, N.H., and Mrs. Ann Newman of Sylacauga. Relatives from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia were among the 80 persons in to celebrate Daddy Joe's 90th birthday.
      In a 3 May 1977 letter, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote that "Uncle Bert" was "in intensive care now - blood clot on lung.... Think this is 4 weeks he is in hospital."
      16 Jul 1978 was declared "J. A. Griffin Day" by the First Baptist Church of Sylacauga and a special service was held at 10:55 a.m. The following is from the church Bulletin: It was with esteem and respect that our church voted last month to name today J. A. Griffin Day. On this Thursday, July 20, Mr. Griffin will celebrate his 98th birthday. Mr. Griffin is an honored member of our church, having served as deacon, trustee, church greeter and a faithful attender for many years. It is a pleasure to welcome the approximately 20 members of Mr. Griffin's family who are present with us today in the reserved section of our church. _____ The Sylacauga News noted that: The celebration, set aside at the recommendation of the deacons and a vote of the church, will not only show the admiration of his fellow church members but the dual purpose of celebrating his 98th birthday, Thursday, July 20. Griffin moved to Sylacauga in 1941 with his wife and three children, Joe, Ann, and Sara. He served as manager of Sokol's Furniture Company for thirty years and has also operated Oaklawn Inn for many years. He has served as deacon, trustee and church greeter over the years.
      In an 18 Jul 1978 letter, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer, who attended the special church service for Bert, wrote: Went to Sylacauga Sunday & so glad I was able to go - very nice sweet impressive service - a portion of right front pews reserved for family & they pinned a corsage on each one as we entered - (red carnations, baby breath on a fern frond) Presented Uncle Bert with an engraved plaque from the church. Had family to stand up front after service for the "well wishers" to greet. Went to Uncle Bert's house after service for lunch Joe & Polly had prepared.... There were two papers (Sylacauga News Thurs 13th) that carried Uncle Bert's picture & write up....
      Ellaree attached a list of people who attended the special service: Uncle [Joseph Al]Bert[us Griffin] Joe [Inzer Griffin] & Polly [Paulina] Ann Karen [Yost Heimel]-George [Heimel]-3 children Uncle [George] Will[iam Griffin] Emyl [Griffin] [Mrs. E. A.(] Ellaree [Dean) Speer] Ewart Dean Eloise & George Mendenhall (from Jacksonville, Ala) Ilene Fareby (Aunt Flo's sisters from B'ham) Mary Sorrell (_"___________"______"____"___) Betty Noe (Aunt Flo's niece) Mrs. Bradley (new housekeeper for Uncle Bert) Lee Ola (former cook for Aunt Flo & now cooks for Anne)
      In an 8 Feb 1979 letter, Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote that "Uncle Bert is also in the hospital in Sylacauga with kidney infection." The following obituary is from p. 1 of The Sylacauga News for Thursday, 24 May 1979: Prominent Sylacaugan dies Tuesday J. A. Griffin, one of Sylacauga's oldest and most prominent citizens, died Tuesday afternoon at his residence on old Rockford Road. Griffin came to Sylacauga in 1941 as Manager of Sokol's. He worked in that position until the original store closed its doors forty years later. At that time Griffin was 89 years old. Not believing in retirement he went to Jefferson Furniture Company where he continued full time employment until the age of 92. A native of Clay County, Griffin was married to the former Flora Inzer in 1916. They celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary shortly before her death in 1976. The Griffin family purchased the Oaklawn Inn in the early forties, and it has belonged to the family since. Griffin's daughter, Anne Newman, still operates the inn. "People who stayed there years and years ago would come back through Sylacauga and stop to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Griffin," daughter-in-law, Mrs. Joe Griffin said.
An active member of the Sylacauga Exchange Club, Griffin was awarded the Avondale Sun's Award for faithfulness, along with T. W. (Red) Bozeman and Joe McDonald. A cutline under the 1963 news article called the trio "The 3 Musketeers of the Exchange Club." Griffin was an active member of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, and served as a director, and later as an honorary director of Peoples Bank and Trust Company. He was made an honorary mayor of Sylacauga on his 95th birthday by then Mayor Curtis Liles. Last year, the members of Sylacauga's First Baptist Church set aside Sunday, July 16th as J. A. Griffin Day. An active member of the church since 1941, he had served on the Board of Trustees, was a lifetime deacon and a member of the Men's Bible Class. Born July 20, 1880, Griffin was approaching his 99th birthday. He is survived by three children, a son, Joe Griffin of Birmingham; daughter, Sara Marston of Manchester, New Hampshire; and daughter, Anne Newman of Sylacauga; one brother, Will Griffin of Lineville who is 97; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 3:00 p.m. at Carr Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. 

Family

Flora Inzer b. 18 Aug 1891, d. 11 Mar 1976
Marriage*30 Dec 1914 He married Flora Inzer on 30 Dec 1914 at age 34. 
Children

Last Edited13 Dec 2002

Flora Inzer

Female, #11559, (18 August 1891 - 11 March 1976)

Birth*18 Aug 1891 Flora was born on 18 Aug 1891. 
Marriage*30 Dec 1914 She married Joseph Albertus Griffin on 30 Dec 1914 at age 23. 
Married Name30 Dec 1914  As of 30 Dec 1914, her married name was Griffin. 
Death*11 Mar 1976 She died at Sylacauga, Talladega Co., Alabama, on 11 Mar 1976 at age 84. 
Burial*13 Mar 1976 Her body was interred on 13 Mar 1976 at Sylacauga, Talladega Co., Alabama
Biography* Flora operated the Oaklawn Inn which the family owned. In an 18 Jul 1978 letter, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote that Ilene Fareby and Mary Sorrell were "Aunt Flo's sisters" from Birmingham, AL. 

Family

Joseph Albertus Griffin b. 20 Jul 1880, d. 22 May 1979
Marriage*30 Dec 1914 She married Joseph Albertus Griffin on 30 Dec 1914 at age 23. 
Children

Last Edited10 Sep 2008

George William Griffin

Male, #11560, (6 June 1882 - 3 June 1979)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
George William Griffin|b. 6 Jun 1882\nd. 3 Jun 1979|p723.htm#i11560|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*6 Jun 1882 George was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 6 Jun 1882. 
 He was the son of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Census*1900 George was in the in 1900 census at Clay Co., Alabama
Marriage*5 Jun 1919 He married Tomera Leslie Handley at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 5 Jun 1919 at age 36. 
Death*3 Jun 1979 He died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 3 Jun 1979 at age 96. 
Burial*4 Jun 1979 His body was interred on 4 Jun 1979 at Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography*  George William Griffin was named William for his father and was known as "Will." A nephew, James M. Griffin, recalled that Will had brown eyes. In an article "Church plans reminder of big Lineville fire" on p. 18A of The Anniston Star Sunday, 28 May 1978, Will Griffin recalled the fire of 9 May 1913 which destroyed the First Methodist Church of Lineville: Slightly stooped but astonishingly alert, Griffin remembers standing in the street in front of the church as the flames licked around the steeple, and then, like paint dumped on a pyramid, spread down to engulf the entire two-story church. Last week he stood there again, this time in front of the citified brick edifice that replaced the weatherboard country-style church that burned. The burning was one of many things that separated Griffin from the familiar world he grew up in. He seems more in touch with dirt roads and wood-frames than with the blacktop and bricks that replaced them. "I don't know of one single thing that's like it was when I was growing up," he said. "Everything's reversed." One of those reversals was what he recalls as "a whale of a fire." He was a student at Lineville College [in a 5 Mar 1979 letter, a niece, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote that "Uncle Will is still wearing his class ring from 1913 when he finished the old Lineville College....], which closed its doors only two years later -- breaking another link with his past. "It took two or three hours (to burn)," he said. "There was no Lineville Fire Department. I was standing out in the street there while it was burning. We used to do that. When the fire would come, people would gather around and see it." He said he was "a little late getting down to see that fire" and missed the dashes by men of the church inside the flaming building, removing benches and church records, most of which were saved. "Of course there was a lot of regret and all, but they (the Methodists) just went right back to building a new one (church)," he said. He reflected on the days when life was hard, when "There wasn't any banks because there wasn't anything to put in them." He talked of "the good communities we used to have in the old days," and of his father, who enlisted under the Rebel flag as a 16-year-old in the waning days of the Civil War. And then, reflecting on the church fire in the scheme of his life, he said, "Sometimes these things don't seem so important in time. It makes it hard to remember them."
      Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote 10 Jan 1992: Anyway, years ago, Uncle [Joseph Al]Bert[us] and Uncle Will worked in Talledaga, Ala. about 20 or 25 miles from Ashland - one was at the deaf and dumb institute, the other at the blind - I don't remember Uncle Will saying what they did but I think [it was] office [work] perhaps keeping books - That's what Uncle Bert did when he went to Hackneyville to work for Uncle [James] Olin [Griffin].... Uncle Will worked for an Insurance Co. in Ashland, had office in 1st Nat'l Bank. The Insurance Co. was a B'ham headquarters, a Mr. Albert Lee Smith stayed in Ashland (boarded at our house) & taught Uncle Will the Insurance business.... He [George William Griffin] went to Washington, D.C. Aunt Tomera's brother, Curtis Handley, had the Ford-Lincoln dealership in Washington & wanted Uncle Will as a salesman.... They lived in Washington until World War II - all making of cars was frozen. He [Will] came back to Lineville - The Handley home was just being rented, Mr. & Mrs. Handley had both died & they moved back, no job but no house rent & a little acreage - they had a garden, a big potato patch - Uncle Will worked in it & had the biggest tomatoes & most vegetables.... Last years of Uncle Will's life, he sold gas heating - installed big tanks in yard...
      The following is from an unknown source: Mr. Will Griffin Honored On 90th Birthday Mr. and Mrs. Emyl Griffin and family hosted a most enjoyable birthday dinner in their home for their uncle, Mr. Will Griffin, on Sunday, June 4. Mr. Griffin was celebrating his 90th birthday. He was one of eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Griffin, who lived in the Good Hope community at the time of his birth. He has a brother and a sister who join him in reaching the Golden Age--Miss Maude Griffin of Lineville age 88 and Mr. J. A. Griffin of Sylacauga age 92. Mr. Griffin was married to Miss Tomera Leslie Handley of this area on June 5, 1919. They have lived in and around Clay County most of the time with the exception of 19 years in Washington, D.C. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Griffin was in business here in Lineville. He has been a very active member of the Lineville Baptist Church and continues to support its many activities and needs. Those who joined in the delicious dinner and birthday celebration were: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Minter Humphries, Sylacauga; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Griffin, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Farned, Russellville; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Rice, Wedowee; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Wallace and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morris, Anniston; Mr. and Mrs. Edd [William Edmond] Samuels and family, Chattanooga, Tenn; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Handley, Jr., and family, LaGrange, Georgia; Reverend and Mrs. Charles Handley and family, College Park, Georgia; Mrs. Lorin Reeves, Miss Minnie Reeves, Reverend and Mrs. John L. Higdon, Reverend and Mrs. G. L. Armstrong, Mrs. Mildred Kerley, Mr. Earl Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Reeves and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. DeVaughn, Mr. and Mrs. George Mendenhall, Mr. Steve Robertson of Lineville.
      The following is from the 4 Jun 1972 Bulletin of the Line Baptist Church: Mr. Will Griffin It is unusual to have a man ninety years old in your congregation. It is also unusual to have a man ninety years old to mow the lawn and work with the shrubbery at the church. It is also unusual to have a man ninety years old to donate thirty-six Broadman Hymnal Jr. to the church. Just imagine a man ninety years old still interested in juniors. That is our Mr. Will Griffin. He is celebrating his 90th birthday today. The children are going to sing him a song out of the song books he gave to them. We congratulate Mr. Will on this grand occasion. But, most of all, we congratulate him on his Christian way of living, his pleasant outlook on life, and his service to his Lord and Savior and His Church. It would be good to have many like Mr. Will Griffin.
      The following article is from an unknown source: MR. WILL GRIFFIN RECEIVES CHURCH HONOR Mr. Will Griffin, age 92, was honored during church service on Sunday, January 20th, for his faithful and untiring service as a dedicated Christian and concerned member for the care and well- being of the church building and grounds. Deacon Jack Zorn, gave a brief history of Mr. Griffin, relating the many achievements throughout his life, with the most important, a Christian background, beginning at Good Hope Baptist Church, and his baptism in Mrs. Stevens fish pond. Mrs. Rachel Parker also gave a brief account of the many attributes of Mr. Griffin in his church work and what he means to the church and its progress. Mrs. Griffin was also recognized for her faithful Christian service.
      In a 13 Apr 1977 letter, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote that she had visited George William Griffin and found that "Uncle Will seemed cheerful but really isn't too well - vision so bad & nothing can be done for his eyes... seemed happy to see us." In a 10 Jun 1978 letter, Ellaree noted that "Uncle Will has been in Hospital twice since Xmas - hernia & recently a skin cancer on ear." Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote in a 28 Feb 1979 letter that "Uncle Will is now hospitalized in Anniston hospital. It was found the cancer had scattered to at least two obvious areas -- mouth and throat.... In spite of the anxiety of the problem, his thinking is clear and his reasoning logical." Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee added in a 24 Feb 1979 letter that Will's doctor "seemed to think smoking could have caused Uncle Will's problem. I don't think that he smoked much the last few years but was always a big cigar smoker." The following obituary is from an unknown source: Griffin LINEVILLE -- Services for Will Griffin, 96, of Lineville were today [3:00 p.m. 4 Jun 1979] at First Baptist Church of Lineville with the Rev. Wayne A. Stevens, the Rev. Earnest Smotherman and the Rev. Charles Handley officiating. Burial was in Lineville City Cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home of Lineville in charge. Mr. Griffin died Sunday at his residence after a long illness. Survivors include 25 nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jesse McCollum, Harlon Mayall, James A. Jordan, Don Hogan, Harold Paker and Jack Whatley. Honorary pallbearers were the fellowship Bible class, deacons and trustees of First Baptist Church of Lineville. Mr. Griffin was a native of Clay County and had lived in Washington, D.C., and Talladega before returning to Lineville 34 years ago. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lineville, the fellowship Bible class and Baptist Men's Brotherhood. He served as trustee for the church and was a former member of Lineville Town Council. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lineville building fund.
      The Lineville Baptist Church established the Will Griffin Memorial Fund with the Baptist Foundation of Alabama. The Foundation is the trust agency of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and manages and invests the funds placed with it by the church and will remit the earnings to the church to be used as determined by the church. 

Family

Tomera Leslie Handley b. 28 Sep 1889, d. 31 Mar 1979
Marriage*5 Jun 1919 He married Tomera Leslie Handley at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 5 Jun 1919 at age 36. 
Child

Last Edited20 Jan 2005

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 204; date from memorial pamphlet.

Tomera Leslie Handley

Female, #11561, (28 September 1889 - 31 March 1979)

FatherJohn Thomas Handley b. 22 Nov 1855, d. 5 Nov 1951
MotherLaura Ann Brooks b. 23 Jan 1861, d. 23 Mar 1939
Tomera Leslie Handley|b. 28 Sep 1889\nd. 31 Mar 1979|p723.htm#i11561|John Thomas Handley|b. 22 Nov 1855\nd. 5 Nov 1951|p1374.htm#i21976|Laura Ann Brooks|b. 23 Jan 1861\nd. 23 Mar 1939|p1374.htm#i21977|||||||William Brooks|b. 17 Mar 1829\nd. 19 Dec 1907|p3712.htm#i59385|Elizabeth L. Williamson|b. 2 Jan 1835\nd. 31 Aug 1877|p3712.htm#i59386|

Birth*28 Sep 1889 Tomera was born at Hatchett Creek, Clay Co., Alabama, on 28 Sep 1889. 
 She was the daughter of John Thomas Handley and Laura Ann Brooks
Marriage*5 Jun 1919 She married George William Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 5 Jun 1919 at age 29. 
Married Name5 Jun 1919  As of 5 Jun 1919, her married name was Griffin. 
Death*31 Mar 1979 She died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 31 Mar 1979 at age 89. 
Burial*2 Apr 1979 Her body was interred on 2 Apr 1979 at Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* The following article about the Griffin's 58th wedding anniversary is from an unknown source: Mr. And Mrs. G. W. Griffin Have Double Celebration Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Griffin had a double celebration on Sunday, June 5, 1977, from 2:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon. A tea honoring Mr. Griffin on his 95th birthday and honoring both of them on their 58th wedding anniversary was held at the home of their nephew, Mr. Emyl Griffin. To begin the celebration, the Rev. Wayne Stevens, pastor of Lineville Baptist Church, spoke briefly, making appropriate remarks complimenting Mr. and Mrs. Griffin on their long life together and Mr. Griffin on his 95th birthday. He closed his remarks with a prayer of thanksgiving. Mayor Jack Whatley presented a year's Honorary Mayor of Lineville Certificate to Mr. Griffin, and he also presented Mr. Griffin with an honorary Lieutenant Colonel Commission in the Alabama Militia, bestowed by Gov. George C. Wallace. Mr. Griffin received congratulations from Gov. Wallace and from President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter. These were read before the group. Approximately 160 friends and relatives called during the afternoon to congratulate the couple and to wish for them many happy returns.
      In a 23 Feb 1980 letter, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote: Aunt Tomera was a Methodist and Uncle Will was a Baptist. They both went to their own church in morning services but at night they would take turns going with the other every other Sun, one Sun. to the Baptist, the next to the Methodist.
      In a 10 Jun 1978 letter, Ellaree added "Aunt Tomera in hospital a week in Ashland, slight stroke. She has hardening of arteries & isn't well but up all the time." In a 10 Jan 1992 letter Ellaree wrote that "Aunt Tomera died of Alzheimer's." The following obituary is from an unknown source: Mrs. Tomera Griffin, 89 Mrs. Tomera H. Griffin, age 89, of Lineville, Alabama, passed away at the Clay County Hospital Saturday, March 31, 1979 after a short illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Griffin were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 1979 at the First United Methodist Church of Lineville with the Rev. Ernest Smotherman, the Rev. Wayne Stevens and the Rev. Charles Handley officiating. Burial was in the Lineville City Cemetery. Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband, Mr. Will Griffin, and a host of nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers for Mrs. Griffin were Grover Rice, Clyde Stewart. Harold Parker, Jesse McCollum, Frank Summerlin and Harlon Mayall. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fellowship Bible Class of Lineville Baptist Church and the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church of Lineville. Mrs. Griffin was a native of Clay County, but she had lived in Washington, D.C. and Talladega before moving to Lineville in 1946. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Lineville, a charter member of the Inter Se Club of Lineville, member of the WSCS of the Methodist Church and a member of the Bridge Club of Lineville. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church In Lineville. Benefield Funeral Home of Lineville was in charge of the arrangements.
      In a July 1979 letter, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer noted that a window of the Lineville church was dedicated in memory of Tomera. 

Family

George William Griffin b. 6 Jun 1882, d. 3 Jun 1979
Marriage*5 Jun 1919 She married George William Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 5 Jun 1919 at age 29. 
Child

Last Edited20 Sep 2008

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 204; obituary.

Mattie Maude Griffin

Female, #11562, (13 April 1884 - 28 April 1977)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Mattie Maude Griffin|b. 13 Apr 1884\nd. 28 Apr 1977|p723.htm#i11562|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*13 Apr 1884 Mattie was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 13 Apr 1884. 
 She was the daughter of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Employment* Mattie's occupation: teacher.  
Census*1900 Mattie was in the in 1900 census at Clay Co., Alabama
Death*28 Apr 1977 She died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 28 Apr 1977 at age 93. 
Burial*30 Apr 1977 Her body was interred on 30 Apr 1977 at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* Mattie Maude was named for her aunts, Martha (Culpepper) Amsler and Mattie (Griffin) Reeves. Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote in a 26 Nov 1978 letter about a visit with Alsie Rutland in LaGrange, GA who spoke about Maude Griffin: Alsie told us Aunt Maude used to teach school at Standing Rock [Chambers Co., AL] and she taught him, said she was very strict, but said he learned more under her than any teacher he ever had. He said she was a beautiful girl.
      In a 10 Jan 1992 letter Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer wrote: Aunt Maude taught school, mostly county schools & when she wasn't teaching she stayed home & helped Grandmother with the housework & did a lot of needle fancy work - later years lived in a nursing home in Lineville & died there - She had a bad back & was drawn considerably - probably arthritis.
      On Maude's 93rd birthday, Mrs. E. A. (Ellaree Dean) Speer visited her at the nursing home where she had stayed for 20 years and found her thin and suffering from gangrene in her toes but with a clear mind. Maude died two weeks later. The following obituary is from The Ashland Progress for Thursday 5 May 1977: Miss Maude Griffin, 93 Miss Maude Griffin, age 93, of Lineville, Alabama passed at the Lineville Geriatric Center Thursday, April 28, 1977, after an extended illness. Funeral services for Miss Griffin were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 1977 at Benefield Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Stevens and the Rev. Dee Hurst officiating. Burial was in the Old Lineville City Cemetery. Miss Griffin is survived by 2 brothers, Mr. Burt Griffin of Sylacauga and Mr. Will Griffin of Lineville and a host of nieces and nephews. Miss Griffin was a native of Clay County, a retired school teacher and homemaker and a member of Good Hope Lineville Baptist Church. Pallbearers for Miss Griffin were Earl Reeves, Joe Griffin, Emyl Griffin, John W. DeVaughn, James Griffin and Louis Griffin. Benefield Funeral Home of Lineville was in charge of the funeral arrangements. 
(Witness) Research note3 Jun 2010 From: Eloise [mailto:eloisesamuels@centurytel.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:58 AM

Dear Lew,
Yes, I remember all about the house and surrounding property, including the barn, old garage for Aunt Maude's buggy, storage house and smoke house and best of all a "double seat out- house"!!!!
This will take awhile for me to describe, but I will be happy to share my precious memories. We were there once each week as long as she lived and yes, I remember Aunt Lelia WELL. She was an excellent cook and always had the best "tea cakes" you've ever tasted. Aunt Maude was a great cook as well. Elaine and I always looked forward to the summers because we enjoyed an entire week at their sweet modest little home. Aunt Lelia planted a huge garden and their fruit trees were bountiful, which she allowed us to participate in preserving everything available. Her peaches, apples, pears and grapes were the best......oh, and the many fig bushes, plus the mouth-watering strawberries! Just for the sake of keeping an oddity, they had two Quince trees across the winding little dirt road. Flowers, for every season, adorned the entire place and especially around the house. The front yard was small and practically in the road with a tiny little mailbox surrounded by petunias. The back yard was well groomed by the hands of Aunt Lelia who meticulously swept it weekly with a broom made of oak limbs.If a sprig of grass were detected, a sharp- blade- hoe took care of it immediately . Now you must remember that the standard attire for all three ladies was long skirts, as well as long underskirts, long sleeves (usually dresses were always made by the same pattern with white collars), long black stockings and black low heel shoes. All clothes, table cloths, napkins, scarves and curtains were heavily starched with Grandmother's homemadeconcoction of ingredients. Spotless was an understatement for the interior as well as exterior.
As for thestructural appearance, it was a unique OLD house built with hard pine wood. Everyone parked in the back yard and the main entrance was the back door. Approaching the door, one 's eyes were captured by the manually dug well on the back porch and conveniently located to do the family laundry (each Monday morning and you have already envisioned the wire clothes line near the house) The house faced north and south and on the east side, there was a large room that extended the length of the house with small high windows. This was Grandmother and Aunt Lelia's room , which actually would accommodate four people. Each bed was neatly covered with white chenille bedspreads. Aunt Maude's room was on the front side of the house joining a small living room, which we referredto as her library. Having taught school for many years, she had accumulated numerous children's books that Elaine and I were allowed to sit quietly and properly to read. When entering the house by rear entrance, after passing the porch, the aroma from the kitchendirected your nose to the next room, which was the dining room and "sitting room" for everyone. The extended dining room table seated six and even eight on occasions. A huge fireplace was located in this room and Grandmother's old leather and oak trimmed chair occupied the corner by the fireplace. Since she could not hear well at all, plus blind in one eye, we each knew our seating arrangement near her, which was a circlein the following order: Mama sat first, Elaine second, Eloise third, Daddy fourth, Aunt Lelia fifth and Aunt Maude sixth unless she was in her room preparing for school. We sat very quietly, listened carefully and knelt at her chair if she were speaking directly. She and Mama were excellent seamstresses and Grandmother wanted to feel and make every effort to examine our clothes. Unlimited respect was shared between her and my Daddy because both were "business-minded and honorable." Aunt Lelia was lots of fun and always gave us tea cakes wrapped in a starched white cloth as we were leaving....

Love to you,
Eloise. 

Last Edited9 Jul 1999

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217; obituary The Ashland Progress 5 May 1977.

Myrtle Leslie Griffin

Female, #11563, (3 November 1886 - 14 March 1959)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Myrtle Leslie Griffin|b. 3 Nov 1886\nd. 14 Mar 1959|p723.htm#i11563|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*3 Nov 1886 Myrtle was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 3 Nov 1886. 
 She was the daughter of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Census*1900 Myrtle was in the in 1900 census at Clay Co., Alabama
Marriage*22 Feb 1904 She married Robert Charles Whatley at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Feb 1904 at age 17. 
Married Name22 Feb 1904  As of 22 Feb 1904, her married name was Whatley. 
Death*14 Mar 1959 She died at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 14 Mar 1959 at age 72. 
Burial*16 Mar 1959 Her body was interred on 16 Mar 1959 at Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* A nephew, James M. Griffin, recalled that Myrtle had blue eyes. A daughter, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote 14 Oct 1978: My mother was a lovely, remarkable person, very out going, bubbling personality, and was young at heart along with us children and was a proud person with dignity. She worked very hard for all of us and her memories are with me forever. She had so much patience with us all.
      Margaret Lee added in a 6 Feb 1979 letter: All those [Griffin] boys made over my mamma lots, she was the baby. They would all have such fun when they would come for a visit. My mamma was full of life, she would always cook their favorite dishes when they would come. All those Griffin girls were great cooks. Uncle [James] Olin [Griffin] used to just love my mamma's sweet potato plate pies and also cobbler pies. I can just see Uncle Olin sitting on the front porch in the summer, they would laugh & cut up and talk about younger days.
      In a 27 Sep 1979 letter Margaret Lee wrote: Yes, I knew the fortune teller that used to live in Mellow Valley. Her name was Mrs. Till.... She was one of the most famous fortune tellers that's ever been in the South. She was kindly like that Mrs. Dixon you hear so much about. I never believed in her too much but my mother did. Mother went to her several times. She believed every word she [Mrs. Till] said. Mrs. Till started with coffee grounds. She could tell you all right how many children you had, she told me my husband was away from home & he was on water. He was in the Navy & on water. She told Mama her son had 2 hound dogs & you can't stand those dogs but that boy loves them dogs and told Mother to be nice to him about the dogs and we sure didn't hear any more about the dogs out of Mother (Ha!). Daddy didn't believe in her and really rather Mother didn't go but she went anyway. Mrs. Till made a lot of money but you would never know it by the way she lived.
      In an 8 Feb 1979 letter, Margaret Lee wrote that her mother had died of bone marrow cancer. In a 5 Mar 1979 letter, Margaret Lee added that her parents "are buried in the new [Lineville] City Cem... east of town...." 

Family

Robert Charles Whatley b. 3 Dec 1883, d. 10 Jul 1969
Marriage*22 Feb 1904 She married Robert Charles Whatley at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Feb 1904 at age 17. 
Children

Last Edited20 Jan 2005

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 193; Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee letter 12 Aug 1979.

Robert Charles Whatley

Male, #11564, (3 December 1883 - 10 July 1969)

Birth*3 Dec 1883 Robert was born on 3 Dec 1883. 
Employment* Robert's occupation: farmer.  
Marriage*22 Feb 1904 He married Myrtle Leslie Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Feb 1904 at age 20. 
Death*10 Jul 1969 He died at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 10 Jul 1969 at age 85. 
Burial*12 Jul 1969 His body was interred on 12 Jul 1969 at Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* Robert Whatley was listed in an entry for his brother-in-law, James O. Griffin, on p. 253 of Vol. 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc. as "a farmer at Lineville [Clay Co., AL]...." A daughter, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee, wrote in a 14 Oct 1978 letter: My daddy was a fine man. He was an outdoor man. He stood by us all through all our ups & downs. He worked away from home lots when younger. He had a big 8 horse team he used on construction work, move gas tanks, etc. as there were no trucks then. He usually kept a lot of livestock, cattle & horses. We used to ride horseback a lot. He also was in the logging business a long time and ran a farm too. He was kind to us and he too had a wonderful personality.
      In an 18 Nov 1978 letter, Margaret (Whatley) Lee wrote about the team of horses her father had: You should have seen the beautiful harness he bought, brass, red tassels on the bridles and fancy saddles. It was his pride & joy like cars & trucks are to men now. What he hauled the big tanks on wasn't like a regular wagon. The rig was called a dray.... The wheels & body were much larger than a two horse wagon.
      Mrs. Lee added in a 13 Jan 1979 letter: Daddy used to have to get up many nights to pull someone out of a mud hole when they would get stuck, before the streets were paved. They would pay him for it.
      Margaret Lee continued in a 3 Jan 1979 letter: In fact, half the kids in town came to daddy's place. He had a large pasture with a nice creek and hillside with lots of pine straw to slide down. The boys would build a dam and we would all go swimming as there were no public swimming pools. 

Family

Myrtle Leslie Griffin b. 3 Nov 1886, d. 14 Mar 1959
Marriage*22 Feb 1904 He married Myrtle Leslie Griffin at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Feb 1904 at age 20. 
Children

Last Edited12 Aug 2000

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 193; Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee letter 12 Aug 1979.

Herman Milton Griffin

Male, #11565, (12 February 1889 - 3 June 1890)

FatherWilliam Henry Griffin b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 21 Feb 1924
MotherClarissa Eugenia Culpepper b. 13 Apr 1848, d. 29 Nov 1947
Herman Milton Griffin|b. 12 Feb 1889\nd. 3 Jun 1890|p723.htm#i11565|William Henry Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|Robert L. Griffin|b. 18 Jan 1817\nd. 30 Mar 1895|p716.htm#i11453|Mary A. Wise|b. 5 Apr 1825\nd. 26 Jan 1905|p716.htm#i11455|Rev. Lewis P. Culpepper|b. 25 Aug 1816\nd. 4 Jun 1915|p2005.htm#i32077|Sarah A. Culpepper|b. 21 Nov 1817\nd. 29 Mar 1858|p2016.htm#i32247|

Birth*12 Feb 1889 Herman was born at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 12 Feb 1889. 
 He was the son of William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper
Death*3 Jun 1890 He died at Clay Co., Alabama, on 3 Jun 1890 at age 1. 
Burial* His body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* On p. 217 of the Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama the name on the tombstone is recorded as "Hermon Griffin inf son of W.H. & C.E." 

Last Edited4 Aug 2000

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217 'Hermon Griffin inf son of W.H. & C.E.'

Mary Erom Griffin

Female, #11566, (9 January 1902 - 21 April 1966)

FatherJames Olin Griffin b. 30 Jan 1871, d. 31 Jul 1953
MotherMinnie Dallas Strickland b. 26 Oct 1877, d. 19 Jun 1950
Mary Erom Griffin|b. 9 Jan 1902\nd. 21 Apr 1966|p723.htm#i11566|James Olin Griffin|b. 30 Jan 1871\nd. 31 Jul 1953|p717.htm#i11458|Minnie Dallas Strickland|b. 26 Oct 1877\nd. 19 Jun 1950|p717.htm#i11457|William H. Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa E. Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|||||||

Birth*9 Jan 1902 Mary was born at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 9 Jan 1902. 
Employment* Mary's occupation: teacher.  
 She was the daughter of James Olin Griffin and Minnie Dallas Strickland
Census*1910 Mary was in the in 1910 census at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Marriage*9 Jun 1925 She married Hester Marion Lewis at Moulton, Lawrence Co., Alabama, on 9 Jun 1925 at age 23. 
Married Name9 Jun 1925  As of 9 Jun 1925, her married name was Lewis. 
Death*21 Apr 1966 She died at Quitman, Brooks Co., Georgia, on 21 Apr 1966 at age 64. 
Burial*23 Apr 1966 Her body was interred on 23 Apr 1966 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Brooks Co., Georgia
Biography* Erom was named from a misprint in the newspaper. Her daughter, Mary R. Lewis, wrote in a 29 Dec 1990 letter that "Mother graduated from the Albertville High School. Grandaddy [James O. Griffin] sent her there as a boarder for her senior year because he wanted her to have a good college preparatory course.... Herbert Weatherly was her boyfriend." Erom was a Graduate in Piano. The following is the yearbook entry: Erom Griffin, Hackneyville, Ala. Classical Course "Topsy" Morgan Sec'y Society '17 Member of Y.W.C.A. "Topsy," the baby of our class has only been with us since September, but her sweet and generous disposition has won for her the love and admiration of all. She's ever ready with a smile, to put down any blues that might be lurking. In the school room she is very studious but when out she is ever into mischief and is especially fond of Kodaking on Sunday afternoons when the "Weather"ly permits. But oh those teachers! "O! t-h-a-n-k y-o-u"
      Although her three children were born in a Montgomery, AL hospital, Mary Erom and H. M. Lewis were living in Wetumpka, Elmore Co, AL at the time. The following obituary is from an unknown source: Beloved Teacher Mrs. H. M. Lewis Dies Mrs. Mary Erom Griffin Lewis, wife of H. M. Lewis of Quitman, died on April 21st after a prolonged illness. Mrs. Lewis, a former STAR Teacher and a beloved member of Brooks County High School's faculty until illness caused her to retire last year, taught Latin and English and was advisor to the Latin Club. It was Mrs. Lewis who originated the "Latin Day Banquet" one of the high points of the spring schedule at the high school. She was a graduate of Judson College, Marion, Ala., and prior to her marriage taught in Elmore and Coffee counties, Ala. Mrs. Lewis, who was born in Hackneyville, Ala., on January 9, 1902, was the daughter of James Olin Griffin and Minnie Strickland Griffin. She came to Brooks County in 1945 with her husband, Hester Marion Lewis when Mr. Lewis became associated with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service.
She was a manager of the First Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, National honorary teachers fraternity and STAR teacher in 1956-57 at the Quitman High School. Surviving are her Husband and two daughters, Mrs. M. Royce Gordon of Macon, and Miss Mary Lewis, of Tallahassee, Fla. She leaves two Grandchildren, David and Elizabeth Gordon of Macon. Mrs. Lewis leaves five sisters, Miss Ruth Griffin and Mrs. R. W. Vaughn of Memphis, Tenn; Mrs. W. T. Duscoe, Union City, Tenn; Mrs. Hez Brown of Chattanooga, and Mrs. C. W. Middlecoff, Jr. of Somerville, Tenn. Three brothers survive, Mr. J. W. Griffin and Mr. L. W. Griffin of Leeds Ala., and Mr. James Griffin of Memphis, Tenn. Funeral Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Quitman on April 23rd at 4:00 p.m. Rev. William J. Smith, Pastor, conducted the services assisted by Rev. C. E. Cariker. The family requested that in lieu of flowers those who desire to do so may make contributions to Mrs. H. M. Lewis' Scholarship Fund to be awarded to Brooks County High School Seniors. Checks should be made payable to Mrs. H. M. Lewis' Scholarship Fund and forwarded to Mr. J. R. Austin, Box 255, Quitman, Georgia. Active Pallbearers were Joe Austion Wayme Jones, George Currei, Leland Jordan, Cecil Baker, and Dr. J. C. McGoogan. Honorary Pallbearers were J. H. Wells , V. C. McGinty, V.A. Maxwell, T. J. Barrs, Jr., Frank Benson, Burney Humphreys, B. H. Romine, Jesse Hampton, Lawton Lee, L. C. Spears, Dr. L. M. Shealy, Dan Mitchell, Felton Griner, Drawdy Willis, and W. E. Roberts. Entombment, Oak Hill Cemetery. Maxwell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

The following is from her daughter, Dr. Mary R. Lewis, 24 Jul 2004:

My mother loved teaching school. Yes, you remembered correctly that she was a high school teacher and taught mainly English and Latin. She was a graduate of Judson College in Marion, AL. Grandaddy told her what to major in...Latin. Also, he ordered her to learn to play the violin, an instrument that he loved. He had been given quite a good one by a patient who could not pay with money and paid with the violin, so he sent it with Mother off to Judson where he wanted her to learn to play it. She preferred to play the piano, and did continue to study that too, but she dutifully learned to play the violin. When we lived in Marion, AL, 1935-38, she played violin in the Judson College Symphony Orchestra. Well, I've gotten off the subject, but you might appreciate these tales.

When she graduated from Judson College in 1921 (aged 19), I believe that she first worked as a tutor, that is, a private teacher of the children of some wealthy individuals who lived in a small AL town and she lived in their home while being the teacher. I'm not sure whether it was Enterprise or Eclectic. I think that after one year of that, she moved into public school teaching.

She was teaching in Eclectic, AL when she met my Dad who courted her a rather long time before winning her hand. Here's another aside tale...about how they met. Daddy was the County Agent in Elmore County, working for the Alabama Extension Service (you know what that is, don't you?). One day when he was in Eclectic, he saw Mother walking on a downtown street and thought she was very attractive and asked someone who she was. Upon learning that she taught at the local high school, he arranged a proper introduction by the School Principal, and then asked her if she would help him organize the 4H Club there in the high school.

Well, at that time in AL history, the state did not allow married women to teach school. So when they got married, she had to give up her teaching career. That law remained in effect a long time and it wasn't until 1943, when we moved to Augusta, GA that she started teaching again, across the river in South Augusta, SC. I think the rules about prohibiting married women from teaching tumbled down everywhere during World War II when women were needed to do many things in the labor force while the men went to fight the war.

Mother taught for the rest of her life after resuming in 1943, specializing in Latin and English in high school. She loved to organize the Latin Club and loved going to her Teachers' Honorary Professional Sorority (Society?) with her friends. The meetings were held in Valdosta, GA, about 15 miles from Quitman.
 

Family

Hester Marion Lewis b. 6 Aug 1893, d. Apr 1982
Marriage*9 Jun 1925 She married Hester Marion Lewis at Moulton, Lawrence Co., Alabama, on 9 Jun 1925 at age 23. 
Children

Last Edited21 Dec 2004

Hester Marion Lewis

Male, #11567, (6 August 1893 - April 1982)

FatherJohn C. Breckeneridge Lewis b. s 1863
MotherMary Jane Kornegay b. s 1865
Hester Marion Lewis|b. 6 Aug 1893\nd. Apr 1982|p723.htm#i11567|John C. Breckeneridge Lewis|b. say 1863|p1375.htm#i21995|Mary Jane Kornegay|b. say 1865|p1375.htm#i21996|||||||||||||

Birth*6 Aug 1893 Hester was born at West Blocton Rt, Bibb Co., Alabama, on 6 Aug 1893. 
 He was the son of John C. Breckeneridge Lewis and Mary Jane Kornegay
Marriage*9 Jun 1925 He married Mary Erom Griffin at Moulton, Lawrence Co., Alabama, on 9 Jun 1925 at age 31. 
Death*Apr 1982 He died at Quitman, Brooks Co., Georgia, in Apr 1982 at age 88. 
Biography* According to the obituary for his wife, Mrs. H. M. (Mary Erom Griffin) Lewis, Hester Marion Lewis was "associated with the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. After Erom's death, Hester M. Lewis remarried and the following is from p. 3 of THE QUITMAN FREE PRESS Thursday, 24 Jun 1971: Poplin-Lewis Wedding Mrs. Thomas William Poplin became the bride of Mr. Hester Marion Lewis on June 19 in an afternoon ceremony at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Gordon on Woodland Drive in Macon, Ga. Mrs Gordon is the elder daughter of the groom. The bride wore an aqua organza ensemble with aqua accessories. Her corsage was a purple throated white orchid. The matron of honor, Mrs. William Thomas Stanfield of Norcross, Ga., elder daughter of the bride, wore a lemon yellow crepe dress with a corsage of yellow and white carnations. Mr. Royce Gordon attended the groom. The double - ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Gerald Brown, Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Macon. Elizabeth Gordon, granddaughter of the groom, was the pianist. The processional was Arioso in A by Johann Sebastion Bach. The recessional was Chopin's Prelude, Opus 28, No, 1. The bride's table was covered with a cloth of white madeira, two three- branched candelabra and epergnes held bouquets of mixed summer flowers. The two-tiered wedding cake highlighted by two white doves and tiny gold rings was cut by Mrs. Benjamin Robert Morrison of Wilmington, N.C., younger daughter of the bride. Punch was served by Miss Mary Lewis of Wayne, Pa., younger daughter of the groom. Guests included the families of the couple. 

Family

Mary Erom Griffin b. 9 Jan 1902, d. 21 Apr 1966
Marriage*9 Jun 1925 He married Mary Erom Griffin at Moulton, Lawrence Co., Alabama, on 9 Jun 1925 at age 31. 
Children

Last Edited5 Aug 2000

Joseph Wyeth Griffin

Male, #11568, (6 March 1904 - 2 September 1969)

FatherJames Olin Griffin b. 30 Jan 1871, d. 31 Jul 1953
MotherMinnie Dallas Strickland b. 26 Oct 1877, d. 19 Jun 1950
Joseph Wyeth Griffin|b. 6 Mar 1904\nd. 2 Sep 1969|p723.htm#i11568|James Olin Griffin|b. 30 Jan 1871\nd. 31 Jul 1953|p717.htm#i11458|Minnie Dallas Strickland|b. 26 Oct 1877\nd. 19 Jun 1950|p717.htm#i11457|William H. Griffin|b. 20 Oct 1847\nd. 21 Feb 1924|p716.htm#i11454|Clarissa E. Culpepper|b. 13 Apr 1848\nd. 29 Nov 1947|p716.htm#i11456|||||||

Birth*6 Mar 1904 Joseph was born at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 6 Mar 1904. 
 He was the son of James Olin Griffin and Minnie Dallas Strickland
Census*1910 Joseph was in the in 1910 census at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Marriage*17 Oct 1929 He married Julia Judge at Leeds, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 17 Oct 1929 at age 25. 
Death*2 Sep 1969 He died at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 2 Sep 1969 at age 65. 
Burial*3 Sep 1969 His body was interred on 3 Sep 1969 at Shiloh Cemetery, Leeds, Jefferson Co., Alabama
Biography* The following obituary is from an unknown source: Leeds leader, J. W. Griffin, buried today A Leeds community leader, 65-year-old Joseph Wyeth Griffin, was buried today with graveside services at Shiloh Cemetery, Griffin was past president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Leeds Water Works Board for 25 years. He served with both the Leeds and the Jefferson County zoning board, and was Leeds city clerk for several years. A native of Tallapoosa County, Griffin was a director of Birmingham Federal Savings & Loan Association, charter member of the Leeds Civitan Club and president of Leeds Insurance Agency. Survivors include his wife, Julia Judge Griffin; a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Cooper III, Gulf Breeze, Fla; a son, James J. Griffin, Atlanta; five sisters, Miss Ruth Griffin, Mrs. C. M. Middlecoff and Mrs. Ralph Vaughn, all of Memphis, Mrs. Hez Brown, Chattanooga, and Mrs. Tom Duscoe, Union City, Tenn; and two brothers, Lewis W. and James M. Griffin, both of Memphis. The family suggests that any memorial contributions may be made in the form of contributions to the Lurleen Wallace Courage Crusade or to another charity.
      The following obituary is from an unknown source: DEATH COMES TO "SKIP" LEEDS LEADER Joseph Wyeth 'Skip' Griffin is dead. The popular and well known Leeds resident died Tuesday shortly after noon at a Birmingham hospital. He was 65 years old. He died after a lengthy illness. He had left Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, several days ago, was thought to have been on the road to recovery until last week when he re-entered the Birmingham hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Shiloh Cemetery. Rev. Curtis Gannaway officiated and Kilgroe Funeral Home directed. "Skip" Griffin as he was well known to thousands of friends and acquaintances came to Leeds from his native Tallapoosa county early in life. He went to work for his future father-in-law the late Mr. Tom Judge, later was in the insurance and real estate business for himself where he was remarkably successful. He was a civic and business leader in Leeds where he had served as President the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Birmingham Federal Savings and Loan Association, Chairman Leeds Water Works Board for 25 years, past president Leeds Civitans, past member Leeds Zoning Board and Jefferson County Zoning Board, was a charter member Terry Walker Country Club which he served as president. He was for many years owner, operator and president Leeds Insurance Agency and a realtor. He was a member the Leeds Presbyterian church. Survivors are his wife, the former Miss Julia Judge; a son James Judge Griffin, Atlanta; a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Cooper III, Gulf Breeze, Fla; five grandchildren; five sisters, Miss Ruth Griffin, Mrs. C. M. Middlecoff, Mrs. Ralph Vaughn, all of Memphis, Mrs. Hez Brown Chattanooga, & Mrs. Tom Duscoe, Union City, Tenn; and two brothers, Lewis M. Griffin and James W. Griffin, Memphis. 

Family

Julia Judge b. 1 Jul 1906, d. 17 May 1991
Marriage*17 Oct 1929 He married Julia Judge at Leeds, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 17 Oct 1929 at age 25. 
Children

Last Edited9 Jul 1999
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