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Obituary for Emma Lee Griffin
Sister Emma Lee Josey was born on January 1, 1943, a lifelong resident of Decatur County to the late Willie B. Josey and Elvira Mims Josey of Decatur County. As the eldest of six children, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age, and was a member of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church. She met her best friend, the love of her life, Rev. Willie F. Griffin of Bainbridge, Georgia, and they enter into holy matrimony on February 14, 1960. Sister Griffin dutifully served as First Lady at St. John A.M.E Church of Climax, Georgia; St. Mary A.M.E. Church of Attapulgus, Georgia; Little Bethel A.M.E. Church of Cairo, Georgia; St. Mark A.M.E. Church of Thomasville, Georgia; and Bethlehem A.M.E. Church of Cairo, Georgia. Sister Griffin was a faithful First Lady, Missionary, and Mother to many, and one of God's hardworking soldiers on the spiritual battlefield. In her leisure time, she loved to cook and especially loved to bake cakes. She enjoyed visiting family and friends, sharing the hope of Jesus Christ, and bringing many of her homemade treats to her neighbors. Sister Griffin was an affectionate, dedicated, kind-hearted, and reliable mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. She touched and made an impression on the many lives of others with her warm, luminescent smile and kind words. Sister Griffin lived her life as a testimony to God's unchanging Hand, and walked close and faithfully with Him. She will be remembered as a very compassionate person who loved with all her heart, unconditionally. On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Sister Griffin was called home to spend eternity in heaven with her Precious Lord. "Emma Lee", as she was affectionately known to her family and friends, will be deeply missed. Earth Angel, now hang your wings up in your heavenly mansion, for your earthly work has found favor with the Lord. "Well done, thy good and faithful servant! Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord!" Victory is hers! She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Cassandra and Deborah Griffin, a brother, Samuel "Butch" Josey Sr., and a sister, Linda Josey. She leaves to treasure and preserve her most precious memory: her devoted and steadfast husband of fifty-four years, Rev. Willie F. Griffin; their faithful three children: Eric (Mary) Griffin of Waldorf, Maryland; Rev. Clarissa (Martin) Martinelli of Waukegan, Illinois; Anthony (Margarita) Griffin of Laguna, California; eleven grandchildren: LaMishia Griffin, Marissa Martinelli, Canishia Griffin, LaTashia Griffin, BianchaMartinelli, Sophia Martinelli, Nicolas Martinelli, Alexandria Griffin, Erika Griffin, Eryn Griffin, and Samantha Griffin; three great-grandchildren: Rashaun Stubbs, Malia Stubbs, and JaMaya Griffin; a very caring, loving, and loyal sister-in-law, Brenda "B.J." Bethea; a very special "daughter", Janice "Tweety B" Lewis; and a host of cherished sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.