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Ormond Bishop Griffin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 10, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Dateline: Pittsboro
Deceased: Ormond Bishop “Red” Griffin

O. B. “Red” Griffin, 97, passed away peacefully December 10, 2008 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

Mr. Griffin was born September 29, 1911 to John Thomas Griffin, of Pittsboro and Mary Lula Culbreth Griffin of Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from Pittsboro High School and later attended Appalachian State. He married Mary Ruffin Robertson in 1947. During his life, Red managed several small businesses but his heart belonged to the land and he would consider farming his life’s occupation. For a time, Red resided in Blountville, Tennessee with his wife Mary Ruffin and his beloved dog Mutt. He also enjoyed bee keeping and was a member of the local Tennessee beekeepers association. In the last five years, Red lived in Chapel Hill with his nephew and niece Jim and Liz Griffin, who cared for him as his health declined.

His family wrote: “Red’s optimism and kind heart were an inspiration to his family. He pursued life with an optimistic outlook and always retained the belief that tomorrow could be brighter than toady.”

He is survived by his beloved brother W.L. Lacy Griffin and wife Hilma of Durham; Delpha Rose Hamilton of Cary; and many adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home, Pittsboro, NC. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, at Chatham United Methodist Church, Moncure, NC, with Rev. Pat Sykes and Mr. Gene Wade officiating. Internment will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery in Madison, NC.

Condolences may be made at www.griffinfuneral.com Select obituaries.

Arrangements are under the care of Griffin Funeral Service & Cremation in Pittsboro, NC.

Condolences for the family of “Ormond Bishop Griffin”

Condolence from Larry Harper on December 12th, 2008 12:00 am

Our sincere sympathy to the family of “Red” Griffin. Our family knew “Red” from Indian Springs Baptist Church while he lived in Blountville. He always had interesting stories to tell and was fun to be around. Our children loved him. We fell blessed to have known him.

Larry Harper Family

Condolence from Jackie Goforth on December 14th, 2008 12:00 am

To the family of Mr. Griffin,
You have our sincere condolences. We know that Mr. Griffin was loved very much by his family. Although we did not know him personally, we felt like we knew him through his loving niece, Jennifer Hinson. You all are in our prayers. We know that even though Mr. Griffin lived a long life he will truely be missed.
In Christian Love,
The Goforth Family

Condolence from Melinda Petroff on December 14th, 2008 12:00 am

My deepest sympathies go out to Jim, Liz, Jennifer and the entire family. I did not personally know the deceased, but had heard many wonderful things about him.

My Love and My Prayers,
Melinda Petroff

Condolence from Leonard and Nancy Biro on December 17th, 2008 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Red’s generousity and
kindness expressed during my visits
will never be forgotten.

Condolence from David T. Gilmore on December 20th, 2008 12:00 am

My hopes and prayers go out to you and your family, in your time of need,


Dave Gilmore,
gson Annie Culbreth Gilmore, gnephew Lula Culbreth Griffin.

Condolence from Jewell Pendergrass on December 20th, 2008 12:00 am

Our family enjoyed OB’s friendship when he lived in Blountville. He was a family friend and well known in the community. We have missed him since his moving to N.C. We are thankful that he had such a caring family to take care of him.

Condolence from Wendi Pendergrass Niebruegge on December 20th, 2008 12:00 am

I have many memories of Mr. Griffin from my childhood. He was a friend of my grandparents and parents and always around in the community. It was a joy to run into him a couple of years ago when he returned for Ollie’s funeral. Mr. Griffin was a sweet, caring man and we take comfort in knowing that he was cared for the last several years. God bless and your family will be in our prayers.

Condolence from Clay & Neva Whybark on December 21st, 2008 12:00 am

Uncle Red was an inspiration to all of us. His wonderful spirit and good humor were infectious. He will live on in the lives of his many friends and family.

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