Obituary of Harvey Thomas Griffin
Harvey Thomas Griffin, 97, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at his home. Harvey was born on
November 27, 1925, to John and Gertie Adelaide Grubbs Griffin. He was born and raised in Guilford
County, NC, moved to Kernersville early in life where he met his soulmate, Elsie Hill. He and Elsie
celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary on October 10, 2022.
In addition to his parents, Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie on November 30, 2022; a son, Gary Griffin; five sisters; and two brothers.
Surviving is his son, Tim Griffin (Elsie); five grandchildren, Todd Griffin, Amy Simmons (Danny), Julie
Wilson (Scott), Tim Morris, and Eric Lockhart (Windy); six great grandchildren; two great-great
grandchildren; one daughter-in-law and wife of his late son, Gary, Elizabeth Griffin; and sister, Bertha Westmoreland (Lyndon).
Harvey grew up on a farm where he learned the value of hard work which he passed along to his children. He was a lifelong New York Yankees fan before there was TV. In 1944 he was sent into service for our country to Europe during WWII. He served in Patton's Third Armored Division where he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. After the war he returned to the farm and on October 10th, 1947, he married the love of his life, Elsie.
Harvey was a farmer at heart, but circumstances required him to go into public work at McLean Trucking in 1953 to provide for his family from which he retired in 1983. He was a volunteer firefighter with Beeson’s Crossroad Fire Dept. for 10 years and was a certified Firemanship instructor for several years.
To Harvey, his most important accomplishment in life was to serve our Lord and Savior. He and Elsie were founding members of Kernersville Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder for many years, and First Christian Church of Kernersville serving as an Elder Emeritus. He proudly served here as the leader of Prayer Warriors for 30 years. Another great honor was bestowed on them a few years ago when they were allowed to cut the opening ribbon for The Crossing Church at Union Cross.
Harvey and Elsie spent over 35 years together after retirement. They traveled with friends, spent time with family, raised a garden every year as long as they could and served their church with all their hearts.
The family will receive friends from 6:00PM – 8:00PM Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the Pierce Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, January 21, 2023, at The Crossing Church (formerly First Christian Church), North Main Campus, 1130 N. Main St., Kernersville, NC 27284 with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Gardens of Memory.
Friends and family may offer online condolences at www.piercejeffersonfh.com