|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1913|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 2004|
Ida Belle Merriweather Griffin was born from the union of Mr. D.W. Merriweather and Mrs. Ida Ford Merriweather in Leflore County, MS on August 1, 1913. She was the youngest of nine children. Ida Belle became a Christian at the age of 10 in August 1923 and joined Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Deovelente, MS under the leadership of Rev. Link Williams. She never forgot Rev. Link's text and ofter referred to his subject: "Your Covenant with death Shall be Diosannuled and Your Agreement with Hell Shall Not Stand." Isaiah 28:18.
Pastor W.M. Matthews united Ida Belle and Albert Griffin (who preceded her in death) in holy matrimony on April 18, 1937. To this union three children were born, Albert Demarcus,Hazel Yvonne, and Oscar Stannard Griffin. Albert Demarcus and Hazel Yvonne preceded her in death.
For eighty-one years, Mother Griffin affectionately showed her love for her church through serving on vatious committees and advocating her devotion to Shiloh M.B. Church. Over the last two decades, she faithfully served on the Mother's Board.
She was an educator, earning her B.S. Degree om Elementary Education for Mississippi Vocational College in Itta Bena, MS. Mrs. Griffin did further study at Jackson State College, MVSU, and Delta State University and the University of MS. Because of her love for children with special needs, she later earned a BS Degree in Special Education.
Ida Belle taught third grade at McNair Elem. School for more that two decades and continued her thirty years in the classroom at Humphreys County Elementary School. She served as an assistant supervisor in the Special Services Department,retiring from the Humphreys County School District in 1978.
Ida Belle may be remembered as "a tourch of knowledge". She could recall the significant events, but she could explain in detail the insignificant events as well. She never gave up and through various community activities and church events she continued to shower advice to the youth of the community. She could often be heard saying, "Stay in School, believe in yourself and God, and strive to make a decent and honest living."
Saturday morning, November 20, 2004, Mother Griffin was called home to receive her crown of glory.
Mother Griffin leaves to cherish her memories, one son, Oscar Griffin, a special daughter-in-law, Lula, on sister Cora G. Woods, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, God-daughter, Flossie Boyd, and sister-in-law Grace Griffin, Rosie Lee, and Josephine Merriweather. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends who will also honor and cherish her memories forever.
Ida Ford Merriweather (1875 - 1965)
Albert D Griffin (1905 - 1965)*
Clarence Merriweather (1899 - 1949)*
Fannie Alice Merriweather Griffin (1902 - 2001)*
Leroy Percy Merriweather (1905 - 1930)*
Lela Mae Merriweathers Harris (1906 - 1990)*
Joseph Burgess Merriweather (1909 - 1979)*
Cora Gladys Merriweather Woods (1911 - 2007)*
Ida Belle Merriweather Griffin (1913 - 2004)
Victor Merriweather (1915 - 1985)*
Created by: Eula Jefferson Davis
Record added: Mar 09, 2009
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