W. Fred Griffin
Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 12, 2007
WILLIAMSTON — W. Fred Griffin, 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, September 10, 2007. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Biggs Funeral Chapel with Rev. Doug Stokes and Rev. Josh Davenport officiating; burial will follow at Jamesville Cemetery.
Fred was born on June 30, 1933 in Williams Township to the late Wendell W. and Strelsa Manning Griffin. In 1958, he married Barbara James Griffin. He owned and operated Griffin Builders. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 as a Military Policeman at West Point, NY.
He loved his Lord, his family, his friends, John Deere tractors, Atlanta Braves baseball and Dale Earnhardt racing.
Fred was a devoted member of Fairview Christian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Elder, and Secretary to the Board of Elders and Deacons.
Community and civic work played a very important role in Fred’s life. He was a member of the Jamesville Ruritan Club, served as a Board member and held the office of President 5 times. In 1998, he was selected as the Roanoke District Ruritan of the Year.
Fred was a member of Skewarkee Lodge #90 and served as the Master of the Lodge for 3 terms. He was a member of the Martin County Shrine Club, Eastern Antique Power Association and served as Scoutmaster of Jamesville Boy Scout Troop 127.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lou Griffin Phelps.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; a daughter, Phyllis G. Parker and husband Elliott; three sons, Will F. Griffin and wife Renee, James W. Griffin and wife Kathy, and Jerry W. Griffin and wife Kristy, all of Williamston; nine grandchildren, Barry Wade Parker, Allison Griffin Parker, Adam James Parker, James Marshall Griffin, Emily Claire Griffin, William Cody Griffin, Caitlyn Rebecca Griffin, Miranda Nicole Griffin and Morgan Brooke Griffin; two brothers, W. Wade Griffin and wife Nancy of Williamston, Michael E. Griffin of Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Alice G. Myers and husband Bennett of Durham; a godson, Jonathan Reed Manscau, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Biggs Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Christian Church, US Hwy. 64, Williamston; Martin Memorial Library, 200 N. Smithwick St., Williamston or Children’s Miracle Network, PO Box 8369, Greenville, NC 27834.
Arrangements by Biggs Funeral Home.