Veola Walker Griffith

Published 11:57 am Friday, January 19, 2018

Veola Walker Griffith took her wings and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at approximately 8 p.m. at Hillcrest Nursing Center, Magee.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Macedonia M. B. Church, Mt. Olive.  Rev. Ralph Walker officiated with burial following in the church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Veola Griffith was born to the late R. T. and Allie Benson Walker in Simpson County. She was given the nickname, “Bo” as a child, and was known as “Aunt Bo”.  She joined Point Pleasant M. B. Church at an early age.  She attended Lee Bell School in Simpson County and continued at Lanier High School in Jackson and graduated from Prentiss Institute in 1945.  Mrs. Griffith was married to the late Johnnie B. Griffith and to this union five children were born.

She moved her church membership to Macedonia M. B. Church where she was the oldest mother at Macedonia Church and one of the founding members. She was instrumental in the churches transition from Lee Bell School to Macedonia M. B. Church. Some of her contributions were: president of the ladies mission for over 50 years; church clerk for 40 years; youth Sunday school teacher, first choir director, member of usher board; secretary of the Zion Spring Leaf Association Women’s Auxiliary; substitute teacher at McLaurins Elementary School; Avon lady for 30 years; Prentiss Headlight community writer and employed by Dr. and Mrs. William Munn.

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She was preceded in death by two sons Billy Ray and Vernon Griffith.

She is survived by one daughter, Novella (Calvin) Graves of Prentiss; two sons, Gary L. Griffith of Mt. Olive, and Johnnie A. (Rhonda) Griffith of Lafayette, Louisiana; special loved one, Andrea (Glenda) Sterling; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.