Originally created 04/03/02

Featured obituary: Mr. Erasmus E. Griffin



Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives for Glascock County and a former president of the Bank of Gibson, died Monday at University Hospital in Augusta. He was 80.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Gibson First Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin was born and reared in Glascock County, said his son Lee Griffin. He left for four years to study for a business degree at the University of Georgia then returned to spend the rest of his life in Gibson.

"He always said that the time he spent in Athens were four of the happiest years he ever had," Mr. Griffin said. "He loved that school."

When the elder Mr. Griffin returned from college, he went to work at the Bank of Gibson. It was a family tradition, his son said.

"His father worked at the bank. He was there when the bank was founded in 1905," he said. "Dad still came to the bank on a day-to-day basis up until his health wouldn't let him."

Mr. Griffin retired as president and chairman of the bank after 50 years of service. It was during his time at the bank that Mr. Griffin served as a representative for Glascock County in the state House of Representatives. His seat was eliminated when the district was redrawn, his son said.

"He wasn't what I would call your average politician," he said. "He was interested in politics but he was an extremely honest person. He believed in doing the right thing.

"If he told you something, you could bank on it."

Additional survivors include two other sons, Ronald Terry Griffin, Augusta, and Skip Griffin, Warrenton; and three grandchildren.

Reach Jennifer Hilliard at (706) 823-3220 or jennifer.hilliard@augustachronicle.com.