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William Clyde Griffin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 22, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 23 Comments

MEBANE-The Honorable William Clyde Griffin, Jr., 71, of Mebane and Ocracoke died at home Sunday, December 22, 2013. He was born April 4, 1942 in Martin County, NC to the late William Clyde Griffin, Sr. and Eleanor Waters Griffin. Although he lived in Mebane for several years, Judge Griffin was born and raised in Williamston, NC . He lived and worked there with his own family.

Judge Griffin first served the public as District Attorney for the Second Judicial District of North Carolina from 1968 until December 1984. At that time, he was appointed Chief Resident Superior Court Judge of the Second Judicial District and later won judicial elections to remain in that capacity until he retired in June 2009.

Judge Griffin was a graduate of Williamston High School in Williamston, NC, The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, and Rutgers School of Law School in New Brunswick, NJ. He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Williamston where he served as a Deacon and then later joined the University Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill. He attended the United Methodist Church during his extended visits to Ocracoke.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Jane Koebig Griffin, his sons, William Clyde Griffin III and wife, Holly of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Mark Koebig Griffin and wife, Angela of Apex; his brother, Thomas Waters Griffin and wife Theresa of Winston-Salem; his grandchildren, Emily Jane Griffin, Mary Ann Griffin, Alice June Griffin, Grace Eleanor Griffin and Davis Koebig Griffin.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00pm Friday, December 27, 2013 at University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 with Rev. Robert Dunham and Rev. Anna Pinckney Straight officiating. Pastor Laura Stern of The United Methodist Church of Ocracoke will also be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: BariumSprings Home for Children, Barium Springs, NC, or the charity of your choice.

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Condolence from Diane Rawls on December 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Jerry and I are so very sorry to hear Willam passed. Our prayers are you with. God with be with you always. Your memories will build a bridge between you and your husband and father that will keep you together forever.

Condolence from James Drennan on December 25th, 2013 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of William’s death. He was a very good man and he left an indelible mark on the communities he served in our courts. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this tIme of grief and loss.

Condolence from Sheila Tyler on December 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Jane and Family,
I was shocked to learn of Judge Griffin’s death. I always looked forward to when he came to Currituck to hold court. I can hear him telling the ADA-put one in the batter’s boxjury trial and if you strike out you strike out. But, you won’t know until you try! I especially enjoyed going to lunch with him and you when you joined him. Remember, when your vehicle would not start after we left you in Belcross and a farmer got your vehicle started for you. Our nick name for him was Billy Jack but never to his face! Always, treated him with the respect that he deserved. Much love to you and your family.
Sheila Tyler
Retired Clerk of Superior Court
Currituck County

Condolence from Sid Herrington on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Mrs Griffin and entire family,
Our class of ’60 at Williamston High School was shocked and saddened to learn of William moving into eternity on Sun. William was a good friend of mine during those years; and my Granddad and William’s Dad were great friends & business associates. My deepest condolences on your loss and my prayers are at the throne of God for that Peace of God that defies all reason at this difficult time. My relatives in Williamston relay to me that William became quite a colorful personality and that was evident to me in his formative years at WHS. Jim Bulluck and I were recounting just yesterday those days with he and Tommy over on Williams St. Sid&Faye Herrington

Condolence from Jane Benson on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

We are so saddened to hear of Williams passing. He was a fine man and will always be missed at Big O’s on the Roanoke River.
Jane Gray & Jerry Benson

Condolence from Bob Whytal on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Please know that Michelle and I hold you and your family in our prayers.

Condolence from Jeanette Harris Fridell on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

I am saddened by the death of my former classmate and offer my condolences to the family and friends of William Griffin. William and I were in the same 1960 Williamston High School graduating class. I remember him as an outstanding student who set the achievement bar very high for himself.

Condolence from Paulette Richmond on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

We were sorry to hear of Judge Griffin’s death. I have many fond memories of him having lunch with his Dad at the Hamilton Home and your visits also. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family.

Condolence from Judge Jay Hockenbury on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Sincere Condolences to Jane and Family:
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work along side William as a fellow Superior Court Judge for 18 years. His reputation was impeccable and he always strived for equal justice under the law in all cases that came before his court. He will sorely be missed and North Carolina has lost a true “Servant of the Law”.

Condolence from Derik Davis on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

On behalf of my mother, Eva Elks Davis, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers for Judge Griffin’s family. My father, the late O.E. “Red” Davis served as Sheriff of Beaufort County during the period when Judge Griffin served as District Attorney for the Second Prosecutorial District. My father had the utmost respect for Judge Griffin. William Griffin served the citizens of the Second District and this state with honor and distinction. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and many friends.

Condolence from John & Geneva Morgan on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jane:

Geneva & I send you our heart-felt condolences on William’s death. We had a great relationship when I was serving as Register of Deeds. He served long and well and will be sorely missed. John & Geneva Morgan

Condolence from Lewis Young on December 26th, 2013 12:00 am

Griffin Family:

What an outstanding man – a great lawyer, a great judge and one the most intelligent, down to earth people you could ever wish to know. As a law enforcement officer who work with him for years, I can’t hear the words District Attorney without thinking of him. I don’t know anything he couldn’t do – he will be greatly missed!

Condolence from Vivian & Pat Parker on December 27th, 2013 12:00 am

A honorable man who was fair, loved by so many and whose family should be proud. I know Mr. Clyde & Mrs. Eleanor were. He was a DeMolay brother of my two brothers, Sidney & Hi! This is Pat & Viv. We can text you & FaceTime you with our new iPad! Love you. Merry Christmas. Herrington. Our prayers are with you, his family.

Condolence from Vivian Parker on December 27th, 2013 12:00 am

My brothers, Sidney & Jim Herrington
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Condolence from Rodney Williford on December 27th, 2013 12:00 am

Jane and Family:

William and I shared ownership of aircraft and a mutual affinity for flight. Sharing a common interest and the fellowship that was created was a tremendous benefit to me. Getting to know William and at times sharing thoughts I can say unequivocally he was an outstanding man. His candor, character, and intelligence will be missed by all who know him.

Rodney Williford

Condolence from DELIA MOONEY on December 27th, 2013 12:00 am


Condolence from Merita Spencer on December 30th, 2013 12:00 am

Jane and family, just wanted you to know you each are in our thoughts. I hope it helps a little to know people care. “Mr. Billy” as I called him touched a many person through out his years. May ya’ll draw strength from each other, your faith and memories. Allow God to hold you up when you think you can’t keep going. God bless each of you. Merita, Hyde Co. Register of Deeds.

Condolence from Johnny Rose on December 30th, 2013 12:00 am

To the family of Judge Griffin:
As a young police officer in Washington,NC, I had the pleasure of knowing Judge Griffin when he was a prosecutor for the 2nd judicial district. He was one of the most intelligent professionals I have ever known in the legal profession. He was a fierce prosecutor and a very fair and impartial judge. He will truly be missed by all those he touched in his life.
Johnny Rose

Condolence from Phil Howard on December 30th, 2013 12:00 am

The Family Is My Prayers. A Great Judge and DA. Worked With Him For Many Years. None Better. He Will Missed.

Condolence from Tim and Vickey Manning on December 31st, 2013 12:00 am

Judge Griffin was a fine man and a wonderful judge. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Condolence from Tommy & Lou Ann Roberson on January 1st, 2014 12:00 am

To You & Your Family- May you find comfort in memories and strength in each others love throughout this very difficult time. May these memories comfort you & your family, today and always.
Sincerely, Tommy & Lou Ann Windley Roberson

Condolence from Mrs. Clarence Griffin on January 23rd, 2014 12:00 am

Jane and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jane Griffin

Condolence from I Was shocked to learn of Bill’s death.Murray Strawbridge on September 5th, 2015 3:49 pm

So sorry to learn of Bill’s death. We were long time friends.

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