Walter Lee Griffin – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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WalterFuneral for Walter Lee Griffin, 81 of Decatur will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at King’s Memorial United Methodist Church with the Reverend Rod Stallworth officiating. Inhumation with Military Honors will follow in Decatur City Cemetery-Sterrs Addition. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service with Reynolds Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Griffin was born in Decatur on February 15, 1932, to the late Sammie Lee and Hester Jane Ayers Griffin. He departed this life on September 8, 2013, in Decatur at River City Care and Rehabilitation.

Walter attended Decatur Negro High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 17, 1951. He served during the Korean Conflict. After he was honorably discharged from the service, he returned to Decatur in 1955. He was employed by the Alabama Regional TB Sanatorium located in Decatur, City of Decatur Sanitation Department and retired from the Decatur General Hospital as an assistant surgical nurse.

He confessed a hope In Christ at an early age and joined Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church. He later united with King’s Memorial United Methodist Church and served faithfully in the Faith Sharing Sunday School Class, the Missions Committee, and The United Methodist Men. He had a spiritual gift for singing and could remember by heart, many spirituals and hymns. He also was a member of the Vitality Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and his longtime companion, Mrs. Ida Mae Lockhart Pickett.

He leaves to cherish his memory siblings, Morris (Lisa) Griffin and Sarah Griffin, both of Decatur, Tony Holley of Triana and Vina Foster of Nashville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Flower bearers will be the United Methodist Women and pallbearers will be the United Methodist Men.

Special thanks to River City Healthcare Center and Hospice of the Valley.

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