John Ernest McRay Griffin, Sr.

July 8, 1930 ~ March 26, 2021 (age 90)


 Mr. John E. McRay Griffin, Sr., 90 of Elizabeth City, NC departed from this life on Friday, March 26, 2021 at home. 

Life Celebration Services will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, NC with Rev. Dr. Michael A. Barclift, Officiating. Interment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. A walk-through viewing will take place at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the home of the deceased. Please be mindful of ALL COVID-19 restrictions. The services will be live-streamed for those unable to attend due to the attendance limit. 
He was preceded in death by a son, John E. McRay Griffin, Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memories: loving wife of 72 years, Gladys Gallops Griffin of the home; his children, Clinton Williams (Yvonne), Bilford Griffin, Montrose Hinton (Vernon), Michael Griffin (Tina), Ronald Griffin (Betty), Gwendolyn Wilson, Dempsey “Ken” Griffin (Bernadette) all of Elizabeth City, NC; four sisters, Loretta Taylor, Mary Scoon, Doris Linton and Jean Johnson; one brother, McClease Griffin of Elizabeth City, NC; three also preceded him in death, James Griffin (Florence) of New Jersey, Alice Griffin of Elizabeth City, NC and Winfred Griffin (Gertha) of Portsmouth, VA; grandchildren, Shawntay, Jennifer, Telonna, Christopher, Toni, Satina, Rachel, Shelby, Dempsey, Clinton, Jr., Colbert, Justin and Jody; great-grandchildren, Dominique, Rahnae, Gennissey, Joshua, Kamryn, Antoinette, Fatima, P.J. Alex, Jessica, Ryan, Jayceon and Jordan; ten great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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April 2, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mitchell Funeral Care and Cremations
609 Hull Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Funeral Service
April 3, 2021

2:00 PM
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
836 US Hwy 158
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Video is available for this event

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