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Joseph Stanley Griffin, 75, of Chapin, a beloved member of our community, passed away on September 17, 2023, at Lexington Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer and pneumonia. He was born on February 28, 1948 in Newberry to the late Edward Richardson and Jonelle Wilson Griffin.
Throughout his life, Stanley made a significant impact on those around him through his dedication to his career and his unwavering commitments to his family and community.
Stanley's professional journey included working for the South Carolina Highway Department from which he retired as Director of Auditing. His exceptional skills and commitment to excellence were evident in the numerous contributions he made during his tenure.
In addition to his work within the Highway Department, Stanley also pursued his passion by becoming the proud owner of Griffin Pools and Spas. His entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as he built this successful business from the ground up.
Education played an important role in Stanley's life. After graduating from Newberry College in 1970, he continued to expand his knowledge and talents throughout his career. His thirst for knowledge was evident in every aspect of his life.
Aside from his professional achievements, Stanley will be remembered for the countless memories he created with those fortunate enough to cross paths with him. His generosity and kind heart left an indelible mark on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
One of Stanley's proudest accomplishments was building a school in Kenya, a testament to his passionate belief in the power of education for those from all walks of life. He firmly believed that education is the key to creating a better world for future generations.
Stanley possessed an extraordinary personality that drew people towards him. He was extremely outgoing and had a contagious energy that lifted spirits wherever he went. In every interaction, he radiated positivity and warmth. Stanley had an innate ability to make people feel seen and valued.
Serving in the South Carolina National Guard was another chapter in Stanley's remarkable life. It demonstrated his unwavering commitment to serving others and protecting his community. His dedication and sacrifice in the military were deeply admired by all who knew him.
Travel was one of Stanley's greatest passions, and he eagerly explored the world whenever he had the opportunity. The experiences and memories he gathered from his adventures enriched his life and allowed him to connect with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
While Stanley had numerous accomplishments throughout his life, he always maintained that his family was his greatest achievement. He cherished the moments spent with his loved ones and took immense pride in their accomplishments. Stanley's profound love and unwavering support will forever be treasured by his family.
Stanley always said that “life is like a hand of cards, you never know what hand you will draw, but must play what you are dealt.” Stanley knew all about the draw of the cards as one of his favorite pastimes was visiting the casinos where he found joy in shooting craps, Black Jack and three card poker. He was heard often throughout the casinos yelling “yo baby.”
Joseph Stanley Griffin was a remarkable man who left an extraordinary legacy. His indomitable spirit, genuine kindness, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others will forever be remembered. His memory will continue to inspire us all to live our lives with purpose, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to those around us.
He is survived by his loving family, who find solace in knowing that Stanley's impact on our lives will endure for generations to come. May we honor his memory by carrying forward his values of kindness, generosity, and love for one another. Those survivors include his wife, Kim Adams Griffin; a daughter, Kim (Bill) Hester of Prosperity; a step-son, Shane Rogers of Chapin; a sister, June (Mike) Ruff of Pomaria; a brother, Tommy (Janice) Griffin of Pomaria; grandchildren, Gracen (Cole) Eison of Newberry and Stanton Hester of Prosperity; nieces and nephew, Sondra (Rob) Bowers, Marcie (Brian) Blanchard and Jed (Kristin) Ruff; great-nieces and nephews, Ashlyn (Cameron Baker) Bowers, Callie (Michael) Shaw, Josie Blanchard, Griff Bowers, Jon Michael Ruff and Brice Ruff; special family friend, Travis Fulmer and his fur babies, Suzie, Rocky and Murphy.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church by the Rev. Arden Hallman. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family encourages everyone in attendance to wear bright and colorful clothing which was always a trademark of Stanley's.
The family will be at the home of Bill and Kim Hester, 69 Moore Branch Road, Prosperity and will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Parking Lot Fund, 209 New Hope Road, Pomaria, SC 29126 or to Refreshing Outlook, PO Box 839, Prosperity, SC 29127 or online at www.refreshingoutlooksc.com.
Active pallbearers will be Rob Bowers, Griff Bowers, Brian Blanchard, Travis Fulmer, Jed Ruff, Jon Michael Ruff and Brice Ruff.