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Willie Mae Banks Griffin Lipscomb

August 8, 1929 — June 10, 2022


Willie Mae Banks Griffin Lipscomb

Willie Mae Banks Griffin Lipscomb, 92, of Newberry, widow of Thomas Benson “Bill” Griffin and Eugene Lipscomb, died Friday, June 10, 2022, at her residence.

Born on August 8,1929, in Newberry, SC, she was the daughter of John F. Banks and Agnes Lucille Long Banks. She was retired after 30 years as a clothing inspector for Damon Corporation. She was the oldest surviving member of Cannon’s Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

She will be remembered as a strong woman of faith who was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She believed in working hard and expected the same of others. Always standing by her family, she shared her strength to be positive in all situations.

Her green thumb and love of flowers and other pretty things was enjoyed by many. Another favorite pastime was spending time and talking with her many friends. She spent many retirement years with her late husband enjoying their home on Lake Murray and traveling. Until her health declined the past two years, she was truly young at heart and loved life.

With loving memories, she is survived by her son, Rodney (Sarah) Griffin, her daughter-in-law, Helen Griffin, her grandchildren, Dina McCormack, Tammy (Rusty) Rice, Jill Riebe (Brett Bannister), Shay (Jesse) Dube’, Kara (Eric) Cannon, Neil (Jessica) Dipner, and seventeen great and great-great grandchildren, In addition to her late husbands, she was predeceased by two sons, Jon Reginald Griffin and Carroll Wesley Griffin, a daughter-in-law, Linda Cook Griffin, and a grandson, James Benson Griffin (Ben). She was also predeceased by her sister, Rosene Banks Willard and two brothers, Carol Eugene Banks and John Frank Banks, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, June 13, 2022, at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Brett Blackman.  The family will receive friends following the service.  A private family only burial will precede the funeral service at Cannon's Creek Prosperity Associate Reformed Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Lipscomb will be available for viewing on Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family will be at the home of Rodney Griffin for those wishing to visit.

Active pallbearers will be Kevin Willard, Jesse Dube, Rowdy Rice, Griffin Rice, Bailey Rice, Neil Dipner, Blaine McCormack, and Brett Bannister. Honorary pallbearers will include Mr. and Mrs. Bright Griffin, Lillie Woodward Harmon, Frances Willard, Mary Baker, Channer Dube, the staff of MSA Hospice, Nica Dowd, and Mrs. Willie Mae's caregivers: Janice Gary, Shirley Werts, Lucretia Nance, Willie Jean Gallman, Betty Barr, and Carolyn Brown.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Oscar Lovelace and his staff and the staff of MSA Hospice for their love and care.

Past Services


Sunday, June 12, 2022

10:00am - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

McSwain-Evans Funeral Home

1724 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108

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Funeral Service

Monday, June 13, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel

1724 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108

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