Ransom L. Griffin

 
John Jones Funeral Director's Book, SHC-081
Cartersville, Georgia
Page 45
Died: October 8, 1927
 
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R. L. Griffin Is Laid To Rest at Oak Hill Cemetery
Death Came to Aged Citizen of Cartersville last Saturday Afternoon at His Home on Market St.—Leaves Large Family Connection.

An impressive funeral service was held last Monday afternoon at two-thirty o’clock, at his late home for Mr. Ransom L. Griffin, eighty-seven years of age, for a generation one of the county’s best known citizens.

Dr. I. A. White, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mr. Griffin was a life-long and devoted member, conducted the last rites, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.  Following the services at the home, the body was borne to Oak Hill cemetery, where it was laid to rest beside that of his beloved wife, who passed away June 11, 1925.  Funeral arrangements were in charge of John W. Jones.

The pall-bearers were Messrs. Herschel Griffin, Roy Griffin, Ralph Griffin, Grif-(section missing) Griffin Davis, Griffin Smith, and ?ert Smith, grandsons of the deceased.

His wife passing away two years ago, and a son, Mr. W. H. Griffin, being killed at Kingston some fifteen years ago, and a daughter, the late [at least 1 line missing, article cut in two pieces, line obscured] Dollie Freeman, Mrs. Wilson Bright, Mrs. Sam Ellis, of Rome; W. B. Griffin, of Adairsville; P. D. Wilson, Mrs. R. W. Smith, of Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Fountain, Mrs. Jessie Fountain, Mrs. Jette Dunn, Miss Fannie Freeman, of Ligon; Mr. and Mrs. Linton Crow, L. C. Crow, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gaines, Miss Gaines, and Mr. Kit Lipscomb, Cassville; Mrs. Nathan Lipscomb, and Miss Fannie Lipscomb, White; Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Strange, Mr. Joe Stegall, of Rome.

After Long Illness.

The end came for Mr. Griffin at his home last Saturday afternoon.  It was not unexpected, since he had been critically ill for weeks, resulting from complications brought on by his advanced age.

However, until his last illness, lasting some four weeks, Mr. Griffin was able to be out, and maintained a lively interest in affairs until the end.

A native of this county, Mr. Griffin resided in the Kingston district, prior to moving to Cartersville thirty years ago.  He was associated with the late J. O. Ligon, in the mercantile business, at Ligon, and they also operated saw mills, and were quite successful in their business ventures.  Later, he ran for sheriff of the county and was elected, and in after years served as a deputy sheriff and court officer.  He was also engaged in the mercantile business in Cartersville for a time.  Ten years ago, he retired from all activity, and spent his declining years surrounded by members of his family, and the devoted love and attention of his daughters.

Mr. Griffin was a gallant soldier in the war of the sixties, and served under the immortal Joe Wheeler, as a member of Company I, First Georgia Cavalry.  He saw active service in the field, in the bloody Tennessee campaigns, and served until the war’s end.

After the war, Mr. Griffin took an active interest in the veteran’s organizations, and was a charter member of the P. M. B. Young Camp of Confederate Veterans.  At the time of its organization, there were over two hundred members, but to-day there are very few left.  Among the surviving comrades might be mentioned General D. B. Freeman, Captain Bob Anderson, Captain H. J. McCormick, Judge John Henry Wikle, Mr. Jack Upshaw, Mr. Samuel M. Milam, and Mr. Jim Gilreath.

Mr. Griffin was often honored with places of trust by his comrades, and only within the past few months was he appointed by General Freeman, as commander of the North Georgia Division United Confederate Veterans and also a member of the personal staff of General Freeman, who is himself a former citizen of Cartersville now spending his declining days in Atlanta.

Leaving behind the record of a well-spent life Mr. Griffin has left a rich heritage to his family and the deepest sympathy of their innumerable friends goes out to them.

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Mr. Griffin’s Burial To Be Held Monday AT Cartersville, Ga.

Cartersville, Ga., Oct. 8.—Funeral services for Mr. R. L. Griffin, 87, who died at his home in Cartersville Saturday afternoon, will be conducted from the residence Monday at 2 o’clock, with Dr. Ike A. White, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a member, in charge of the services.  Interment will be at Oak Hill cemetery here.

Mr. Griffin who was a Confederate veteran, was a life-long resident of Bartow county and for the past 35 years has made his home here.  He served the county as sheriff and deputy sheriff for more than 15 years and at one time was one of the leading merchants of the town.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J. R. Davis, of Cedartown, and Mrs. Eugene W. Smith and Miss Ethel Griffin, of this city; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. H. Griffin, of Rome, and two sons, P. C. Griffin, of Cedartown, and R. E. Griffin, of Rome.

 

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