ROCKY MOUNT – Elton “Grady” Griffin, age 89 died peacefully at home on August 30, 2017, with his family at his side. He was born in Wilson County, NC to the late Stephen Earl Griffin and Mabel Morrison Griffin. He is preceded in death by his two sons, Michael Lynn Griffin and Eric Grady Griffin; his daughter Paula Kim Griffin; and by his brothers, Leonard Earl Griffin, James Morrison Griffin, William Carey Griffin, Paul Griffin, and Clyde Griffin.
Grady served honorably in the U.S. Airforce, being stationed at Sampson Air Force Base, where he met and later married his wife Loretta. Following his discharge from service, he went to work as an Insurance Adjuster for Crawford & Co. before becoming a State Farm Insurance Agent until his retirement after 34 years. He was an active member of the American Legion Coleman-Pitt Post 58 where he served as a Post Commander, Adjutant, Chaplain, and as the Athletic Director. Grady had the honor of becoming an inductee into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. He also was privileged with being named a Charter Member of Northside Community Church. In his spare time, he especially enjoyed working in his garden or yard with his signature safari hat on. A devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Grady will be forever missed but his legacy of faithfulness to God and family will forever live on.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Loretta Carr Griffin of Rocky Mount; his son Kevin Mark Griffin and his wife, Debbie, of Rocky Mount; his daughter Lori Griffin Clark and her husband, Kevin, of Morganton, NC; a daughter in law, Myleana Griffin, wife of Grady’s late son Eric, of Cumming, GA; his grandchildren, Jason Mark Griffin and his wife Chelsea, Sarah Griffin Blake and her husband Chad, Kevin “Daniel” Griffin, Derek Scott Ipock, and Haley Michelle Ipock; and his great grandchildren, Jay Griffin, Bradley Blake, Griffin Blake, Tyler Griffin, and Abby “Baby-doll” Blake. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Lois Bryan of Newton Grove, Flora Bass of Goldsboro, and Libby Moore of Indian Trail; his brothers, Tom Griffin of Elm City and Bud Griffin of Goldsboro; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 3:00 PM inside Northside Community Church with Pastor Mark Pridgen and Pastor Glenn Moore officiating. A Committal Service will follow the services at Rocky Mount Memorial Park inside the Chapel on the Hill Mausoleum. Visitation with the family will be the evening before, on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Flowers are welcome or memorials can be made to the American Legion Coleman-Pitt Post 58, 2731 N Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
The Griffin family would especially like to thank Grady’s caretaker and special friend Dana Russell, along with his dear friend DeDe Turner, and Nash Hospice and Palliative Care.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.