Gary Bennett Griffin, Jr., age 44, passed away on January 8, 2013 at Mission Hospital – Memorial Campus.
A native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, he was raised and lived most of his life in Wake County. He resided in Haywood County from 1995 – 1998 and since 2008. He was the son of Mary Brown Griffin of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina and Gary Griffin, Sr., and his wife, Doris, of Sylva. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his fraternal grandfather. Gary was employed with Tyco Corporation and was a member of High Street Baptist Church. He worked most of his life in the lumber industry, was past minister at Laurel Grove Baptist Church and served as an interim pastor as the need arose. Gary loved fishing and hunting and was dedicated to his family and devoted to his Christian faith.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ginger Griffin; a daughter, Holly Griffin; a son, Colin Griffin, both of the home; grandmother, Bea Griffin of Canton; a brother, Michael Griffin and his wife, Sabrina, of Garner, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Penny Stephens of Clayton, North Carolina; mother and father in-law, Joe and Phyllis Stephens of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; and a grandson, Holton Griffin.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at High Street Baptist Church with the Reverend Chris Willett officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until 2:15 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to High Street Baptist Church, 73 High Street, Canton, NC 28716, Patel Account, Faith FWB Church, 1200 West Grantham St., Goldsboro, NC 27503, Hope International Ministries, c/o Mark and Amy Coats, 11415 Hope International Drive, Tampa, FL 33625, or to Champion Credit Union, Donations for Gary Griffin, 1 Academy Street, Canton, NC 28716.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.