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Evelyn Herrington Griffis

December 5, 1924 — July 16, 2020

Ms. Evelyn Ruth Herrington Griffis, age 95, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020, following an illness. Determined even in her first days, Ms. Griffis was born at only 2lbs on December 5, 1924 in Magee, Mississippi, to the late Beulah Duckworth Herrington and Albert J. Herrington. She was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters and married her husband, the late Allen Griffis, on November 23, 1945. Ms. Griffis was dedicated to serving her church and her community as a leader in the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), an activities director at the local nursing home, and numerous committees within the First Baptist Church of Homerville. She grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi and remained an avid gardener all of her life, receiving accolades from the Clinch County News for her pioneering pineapple practices. Ms. Griffis was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Homerville and Homerville Woman’s Club, where she served as President and was named Mother of the Year. Further, she was an eternal Atlanta Braves fan. Known affectionately as “Mamaw,” she loved and was loved dearly by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers and sisters, and her granddaughter, Cassandra Gary. Ms. Griffis is survived by her three daughters: Sylvia Potwin (Bill), Sybil Rawl (Jim), and Ruth Nimmer (Tommy); seven grandchildren: Meg Tinsley (Jones), Tammy Walston (Mort), James Rawl (Alison), Lauren Behl (Austin), Martha Allayne Douglas (Jed), Will Nimmer (Jaclyn), and Chad Nimmer; fifteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A private ceremony for Ms. Griffis will be held, and in leu of flowers, donations may be made to the Homerville First Baptist Church Mission Fund. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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