July 27, 1934 ~ June 28, 2020

Born in: Pensacola, FL
Resided in: Cumming, GA

Margaret Nell King Griffin, 85, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Wellstar Hospice-Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain. She was born in Pensacola, Florida on July 27, 1934 to Gordon Angus King and Julian Estelle Ellis. Graduating from Crestview High School in 1952, Nell worked briefly as a secretary before marrying Nolan Blake Griffin of Decatur, Georgia (formerly of Chipley, Florida) on July 25, 1954. They moved immediately to Stone Mountain, where they lived in a log cabin at the end of Veal’s Mill Road (now, Juliette Drive) on the family-owned Griffin Lakes, and she remained his devoted wife until his death from cancer in 1994. There, and later in a new brick house up the hill, Nell dedicated herself wholly to raising her children and building a home modeled on traditional values and Christian virtues. And along the way, she became a superb seamstress, a highly efficient household manager, and a consummate cook of Southern cuisine.

Nell was involved (as both a member and a leader) in numerous civic and religious organizations over the years, including Bible Study Fellowship International, Woman’s Missionary Union, and the Order of the Eastern Star. But her greatest joy was serving as a Sunday school teacher to hundreds of children at the First Baptist Church of Stone Mountain for nearly forty years.

She is survived by two of her children, Mrs. Nola Herren of Sugar Hill and Dr. Brent Griffin of Cumming (her eldest, Mr. Blake Griffin, died in 2015), as well as her five grandchildren, Mr. Vann Herren of Marietta, Dr. Madeline Petty of Savannah, Mr. Seth Herren of Atlanta, Mr. Drew Griffin of Tallahassee, and Mrs. Anna Ledford of Snellville.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday July 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel with Dr. Dan Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel 1040 Main Street Stone Mountain, GA


Visitation: July 1, 2020 6:00 pm - July 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


Funeral Service: July 2, 2020 2:00 pm - July 2, 2020 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


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  1. Brent, please accept my very sincere condolences. Wishing you peace at this time.
    My best to you and your family.

  2. Nola and Brent, your Mom was a loving and gentle soul who prayed me through many a dark night. I’m grateful to have had her in my life. Love to you both.

  3. Just a note to express our heart felt sympathy on the passing of your Mother. She was an incredible person. Because of the current situation, we are sorry we can not attend her funeral. My mother, Amie Gresham, passed away two years ago, but she thought so much of Nell and the time they worked together. Please know that we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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