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Joseph E. Griffin


Sunrise: January 5, 1922

Sunset: March 16, 2020

The Reverend Joseph E. Griffin was born in Norfolk County, Virginia on January 5, 1922 to Joseph Earnest Griffin and Annie Randolph Linton Griffin.   He was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools and completed his high school education in Lewiston, North Carolina.

In his union of marriage to Marian J. Preston there were seven children.  He was predeceased by his daughter Jean Ellis.  Surviving children are Robert Griffin, Joan Newman, Jacqueline Knight, Gloria Brown, Aaron Griffin and Odessa Ward.  He leaves a host relatives, grandchildren, great grand- children, great-great grands, nieces, cousins and friends.

Having a well versed career, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the Naval Reserve during the Korean Conflict.  His career extended into government civil service as a master electrician and nuclear planner.

Licensed to preach in 1957, Rev. Griffin, pastored churches in the Pasquotank/Elizabeth City and Edenton areas of North Carolina.  He served as moderator of the Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association (Manteo, North Carolina).

What today is the Roanoke Theological Seminary Elizabeth City, North Carolina; formerly named Seminary Extension Theological School at Roanoke Institute was an outgrowth of his dreams and efforts.

His interest and hobbies included reading, singing, barbering, gardening and carpentry.

He lived his life in service to his God given calling and has completed his journey.

No Public Viewing Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, March 21, 2020 12:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Cherri Stinson says

    We are sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Griffin Family.
    David & Cherri Stinson Family

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    Lamar and Felisicia Williams says

    Our condolence to the family. What a long life and so many memories! May our Lord and Savior provide comfort to you during this time. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Marnita Smith says

    Knowing that this time isn’t easy, but praying for the Lord’s comfort during this time. We love you Mrs. Jackie and Arron, and know we are here if you need anything at all.
    Willie Jr., Mardie, and the Smith children.

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    Sandra Townes Powell says

    Sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Praying for the family today and always. The Townes family.

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