Earl Griffin, Sr., 72, died Friday, July 13, 2012 in Community Hospice in Vidalia. Earl was born Nov. 22, 1939 in Ocilla to the late Rev. Ashley Griffin and the late Emma Gray Griffin. He was a member of Damascus Primitive Baptist Church of Mershon, where he served as a deacon. Griffin was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force. He was a retired educator and was retired from the railroad. Earl was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Fletcher, and four brothers, Albert, Barney, Virgil and John David Griffin.
Survivors include his wife, Faye King Griffin of Baxley; two daughters, Robin and Joe Taylor Baxley and Racheal Griffin-Jackson of Athens; one son, Earl Griffin, Jr. of Baxley; one sister, Jean Buchan of Douglas; two brothers, Wiley Griffin of Fitzgerald and Herman Griffin of Lake City, FL; three granddaughters, Haleigh Taylor, Casey Taylor, Jessica Jackson and a grandson, Griffin Jackson, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Charles Tyson and Herman Griffin officiating. Interment followed in Damascus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Mershon.
Active pallbearers were Griffin Jackson, Johnny Pendarvis, Tommy Griffin, Jeffrey King, Lee King, Max Roberson, Eric King and Randy Roberson.
Musical selections were rendered by Floyd Hunter and David Williams.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.