The Meredith College community mourns the loss of George W. Griffin, of Havelock, N.C., who passed away on May 21, 2020, at age 93. Griffin was a member of the Meredith College Board of Trustees beginning in 1986. He served six non-consecutive terms and received Trustee Emeritus status in 2014.
Griffin helped to incorporate Havelock as a town and served as its first mayor from 1959-1964. He served the town again as mayor from 1998-2004. He worked his way up from a GS3 clerk typist all the way to the first GS15 on MCAS-Cherry Point Civil Service. He was instrumental in the funding and approval for the building of the Havelock Tourist Center.
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Griffin is survived by his daughters Georgia Griffin Lucas and Lovey Deane “Deanie” Cocran, a Meredith alumna from the Class of 1984, and her husband, Tim, son, George William “Billy” Griffin, Jr., five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jewell Mae Braxton Griffin and his parents, George and Dora Griffin. Griffin was the last of his generation among his 23 siblings who preceded him in death.
A visitation service was held on May 24, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. More information is available at the Munden Funeral Home site.