Obituaries: Robert Lee Griffin

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Robert Lee Griffin, longtime resident of Madison entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Tara Nursing Home under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice and his loving daughter, Joyce and devoted son-in-law, Marion in Savannah, Georgia. Born September 17, 1918 in Greensboro,(Greene County), he was the only child of Mamie Griffin Scott of Madison (Morgan County).  In Morgan County, Robert met and married Eula Mae Drummond (b.1921-d.1997), a former teacher and a graduate of Fort Valley State College. The Griffins were blessed with two daughters: Thelma Ree (b.1939-d.2010) and Joyce Elizabeth, both educators earning Masters degrees from Atlanta University and undergraduate degrees from Savannah State College. A resident of Madison for over 90 years, Griffin is considered a first in many achievements during his time. In his early years, he was a worker/clerk for Pennington Seed/Feed Store. He studied to become a Radio and Television Technician and eventually opened his own business called Robert L. Griffin Radio and TV Repair Service which he operated for over 60 years. Griffin served as a deacon/clerk for over 50 years at Calvary Baptist Church. Griffin, a Master Mason, was a man of great style, who loved luxury cars, fine clothes and good music. He was even known to play a guitar.  An avid reader, he enjoyed tri-county newspapers, The New York Times, the Grit newspaper and the Farmer’s Almanac until his decline a few weeks ago. Deacon Griffin is survived by his daughter Joyce Griffin Dingle and son-in-law, Marion Dingle of Savannah; his granddaughters, Miriam Dingle Liggett of Reston, Virginia and Joicelyn Dingle, who lives between Brooklyn and Savannah.  Survivors also include Miriam’s husband, Dr. Melton Anthony Liggett of Reston, Virginia and his great- granddaughters, Sydnie Faith Liggett of Brooklyn, New York and Anndi Jinelle Liggett, a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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