Louise Harvey Griffith

Published 9:09 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dr. Louise Harvey Griffith, 93, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Visitation was held on Saturday, August 6 at Lakewood Funeral Home. Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel on August 6. Interment followed at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Dr. Griffith was born on November 3, 1922, in Carson, Mississippi to the late Curtis and Mattie Green Harvey. She spent the World War II years working for the Dept. of the Army in Washington, DC, then attended Mississippi College, where she edited the college literary magazine and sang in choral groups. She married Lamont Griffith following his Army discharge after World War II, and they reared three children on a family farm and home near Prentiss.

In her professional life, Dr. Griffith was a dedicated teacher and educator in Mississippi schools and colleges for four decades. She taught sixth graders in Prentiss Elementary School for twelve years, while also completing two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Over the ensuing years, she served, first, as Chair of the Department of Education and Psychology at William Carey College, then as Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Psychology at Mississippi College.

Following her Mississippi College retirement, she devoted her latter years to the Sunday School program and ministries of First Baptist Church of Clinton, where she served in teaching and ministry roles for as long as her health permitted.

She is survived by her three children, James Lamont Griffith of Arlington, Virginia; Marie Louise Bielefeld of Avon Lake, Ohio, Margaret Elizabeth Griffith of Baltimore, Maryland; two brothers, Alton Louis Harvey of Prentiss, Mississippi, and Charles Harvey of Mobile, Alabama; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton, 100 E College St., Clinton, MS 39056.

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