|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1910|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2004|
New Jersey, USA
Joseph William Griffin
Born in Society Hill, South Carolina on Feb. 6, 1910
Departed on Oct. 21, 2004 and resided in Sewel, NJ.
JOSEPH WILLIAM GRIFFIN, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin and friend, departed this life on Thursday, October 21, 2004. He was born on February 6, 1910 in Society Hill, South Carolina and was the eighth of ten children born of the late Deacon Joseph P. Griffin and Elleanor Griffin.
Uncle Jack attended school in Society Hill, South Carolina. After completion of his education, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his family. Uncle Jack then furthered his education by attending barbering school. After receiving his license, he then opened up his own business in North Philadelphia.
Uncle Jack met and married Queenie Ella Fuller. To this union was born one child, a son, Daniel Joseph Griffin. He was a loving, devoted husband and a good father.
Uncle Jack and his wife, Queenie, were married for fifty years. His wife and son preceded him in death.
As a child, Uncle Jack had polio and was unable to walk for several years. He was suffering and in a lot of pain during his paralysis. He often cried a lot — whenever he cried, his sister, Mary, cried along with him. When a friend of his mother from the church heard about Uncle Jack and his paralysis, she immediately informed his mother how to make home-herbs to use to massage his legs with several times a day. This was indeed a help. After much therapy, prayers and encouragement from the church and family, especially his sister, Mary, he was back on his feet within a few years, walking, running and playing as any little boy would.
Uncle Jack did not want his illness as a child used to exempt him from the draft board. When he was called to register for the service, therefore, he did not mention it.
His business was interrupted when he was drafted in the Army for World War II. During the war, he served in Germany and France. Shortly after August 15, 1945 when World War II ended, Uncle Jack was discharged. Upon his discharge, he returned home and continued his business in barbering. He operated his business at 2606 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia (formerly Columbia Avenue) for over fifty years. On Sunday’s he would volunteer his time to cut his customers hair who were in the hospital or a nursing home.
When his health failed, Uncle Jack retired from his barbering business, and went to live with his son, Daniel in Sewell, New Jersey.
He was a Thirty-third Degree Mason. He was also a passionate advocate for the Boy Scouts. He donated to charitable organizations and was active in community affairs. He was a Big Brother in the Big Brother Association.
He often talked of his pride in an achievement when he was asked to cut General Dwight Eisenhower hair and other high ranking officers while stationed in Germany.
Profoundly and sadly missed by: two devoted nephews, James L. and Bobbie L.; three special nieces, Rosemary (Rosie), Eleanor (Ell) and Immaculata (Jai); a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Sadly, The Family
Visitation: Thursday Oct. 28, 2004
Service: Thursday Oct. 28, 2004
Cemetery: Northwood Cemetery
Created by: MadameB
Record added: Feb 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13399494
RIP, all things point to the fact that you were loved......RIP|
Added: Aug. 19, 2009
Added: Feb. 20, 2006