Dr. William Griffin

July 27, 1924 ‒ August 04, 2008

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dr. William Griffin, age 84, of Waters Edge Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away on Monday August 4, 2008 at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born on July 27, 1924 in Galt, Ontario, Canada to the late John Griffin and Margaret Griffin Wolford. Dr. Griffin received a Bachelors degree in Theology from Northwest Nazarene University before receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Olivet Nazarene University in 1989. He was an ordained minister for the Church of the Nazarene serving in the pastorate for forty years. Dr. Griffin served as assistant to the President for Mount Vernon Nazarene University from 1990 to 1997 and was Ambassador-at-Large for the University since that time. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Margaret Elizabeth (Kissling) Griffin, two daughters, Carolyn (Austin) Swallow of Mount Vernon, Jeanette (Ron) McLean of Indianapolis, Indiana, a son, Gary Griffin of Bourbonnais, Illinois, seven grandchildren, Catherine (Hector) Agdeppa, Austin “Trey” (Carla) Swallow III, William Swallow, Luke (Sarah) McLean, Katie (Matt) Vaughan, Megan (Kyle) Stipp, Bonnie McLean and two great grandchildren, Savannah and Tyler Vaughan.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A funeral service will be held at the church on Friday at 10 AM. Dr. Rev. Mikel J. Norris will be officiating. A private entombment will take place in Washington Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Missionary Lectures in care of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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