October 30, 2020

Mrs. Edna Griffin

edna glamour shotMrs. Edna Hall Rice Griffin, age 86, of Franklin passed away Wednesday March 29, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Franklin.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday April 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts Funeral Home with Mr. Joe Jones officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will accept visitors at Stutts Funeral Home Saturday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Griffin was born November 8, 1930 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late John Thomas Hall and Nancy Elizabeth Smith Hall. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, and also attended Centralhatchee First Baptist Church.

She married at an early age to Doil Rice. From this union was born her only child, Brenda Ann Rice Adams. After a divorce from this marriage she worked in textile mills in the West Georgia area.

She later married a second time to Glen Griffin. He was able to do any job and make money doing anything. Edna followed him wherever he went and learned how to do everything he did. When a job became available, they moved where the work was.

They once lived in Atlanta where Glen was a licensed plumber, and worked on a house that was condemned for construction of Fulton County Stadium soon after.

In the mid 1960’s Edna and Glen moved to Franklin until Ann finished high school. They then moved to Sargent, and Edna worked once again in the textile mill.

Glen rented a small building in the Arnco Mills area and opened a small café. Edna cooked biscuits and sandwiches for sale. This business stayed in operation for several years.

After losing the business, Edna and Glen worked for Southwire. After separation from that job, they took the proceeds from their severance and purchased land next to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Heard County. It was there, after years of moving from place to place, that Edna finally made a permanent home.

She began babysitting for local families. One child in particular caught her attention, Chris Jones. Edna and Glen decided to take him in as one of their own, and he considered Edna to be his mother as much as his own mother.

Edna and Glen began Griffin Meats, and processed beef, pork, and deer for the local area. Edna became known far and wide as an excellent butcher. She would never place meat on a customer’s table that she would not eat herself.

Adversity followed Edna. She lost two homes to fires and went through a second divorce. To make ends meet, she worked at Franklin Aluminum and processed deer during deer season.

Through hard work and determination she was able to keep the deer processing facility open into her seventies. Hunters from all over West Georgia came to her place to get their deer processed, and marveled that a 70 year-old woman could do more work than they could!

After her second divorce she became close friends with Jerry and BJ Jackson. She assisted Jerry with his trucking business, and they traveled the United States on many occasions. After BJ passed away, Jerry moved in with Edna, and she became a devoted companion in his final years.

Edna loved friends and family. She was one of the best cooks around, but her biscuits were especially delicious. She always had a full spread and loved for people to come visit and eat. She was never one to watch much TV, but she did enjoy “I Love Lucy”, which led Ann to give her the nickname “Lucy”.

She rarely hired anyone for small household jobs. She knew how to do plumbing, wiring, and basic carpentry as well as any professional, and could do a man’s job as well (or better!) than any man could.

A remarkable woman with a can-do spirit, her journey now is done, and she is at rest.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann Adams of Centralhatchee; grandson, Tonnie Adams of Centralhatchee; a special man that she raised, Chris Jones, and his son Justin Jones; nieces and nephews, Maxcine Stewart Wheeler, Dean Cates, Dwain Geter, Tommy Geter, Frankie Geter, Shelbe Gosdin, and Jerry Gosdin; and number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husbands, Doil Rice and Glen Griffin; companion, Jerry Jackson; sisters: Ina Geter, Ruth Uselton, and Johnnie Mae Johnson; brother, Andrew J. “Big Boy” Hall; five infant siblings; and one niece, Josie Knox.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.

Comments

  1. Robert Montgomery says

    From her picture it is clear. She is not just looking, she is Seeing!

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