Elemuel “Lem” Griffis

Elemuel “Lem” Griffis

Death 24 Jun 1968 (aged 72)
Burial Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 37058754 · View Source
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Lem's storytelling was an absolute HOOT, and this little blurb about him has a link to one of his stories on-line that had me cracking up by the time I read it all!

The Okefenokee Swamp is the subject of legends, tall tales, and personal experiences about bears, 'gators, and other encounters with the natural world. Georgia's best-known traditional storyteller was fishing guide Lem Griffis. Griffis entertained visitors to his fish camp outside Fargo with well-honed whoppers such as a tale, called "Odd Insects," told to Kay L. Cothran: "See that honey a-sittin' up there on the shelf? Well, I crossed my bees with lightnin' bugs so they could see how t' work at night, an' they make a double crop o' honey every year." Stories about hunting and fishing, colorful characters of the past, and memories of growing up on one of the "islands" in the Okefenokee still abound in the region, but few could tell a tall tale like Lem Griffis.

Here's a delightful sample of Lem's storytelling, a tale called The Last Laugh.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elemuel “Lem” Griffis (4 Jun 1896–24 Jun 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37058754, citing Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Grave Seeker (contributor 47117358) .