Plantersville-The final bell rang for longtime beloved Plantersville School Principal, Maldon Ray “MR” Griffin, 87, and he graduated from his earthly pilgrimage in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 28, 2018 from Sanctuary Hospice House.  Mr. Griffin entered into perpetual and eternal recess with his heavenly Father after several years struggling with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.   MR served the Plantersville School from l958 until him retirement in l990.  He was born in the Cleveland Community of Kemper County, Miss. on November 15, l930 to the late Thaniel O. Griffin and Lillian Burnett Griffin.  He furthered his education at East Mississippi Community College at Scooba and at the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his BA and MA in Educational Leadership. A genteel but patriotic American citizen, Soldier Griffin served as a Chef in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. His first teaching job was at Damascus School in Kemper County.  In l958, he was hired as a teacher at Plantersville.  After the retirement of W. D. Morris in l962, Mr. Griffin assumed the leadership role as Principal serving students first, teachers and the greater Plantersville community with extraordinary devotion, unparalleled encouragement and mentorship and unmatched old school discipline and respect.  Upon his retirement in l990, the football field was renamed MR Griffin Field to honor his lifetime of service to others.  He loved all the folks of Plantersville equally and with passion and was one of the town’s all time beloved citizens.  A Bible scholar, MR was a member of First Baptist Church in Plantersville where he taught the Willing Workers Sunday School class. He loved to fish, smoke his trademark pipes, raise a garden and support and love his family and extended family of kids of all races and creeds.  His was a selfless, devoted life to educating school children and creating pathways to success while serving God, his family and fellowman with joy, contentment and completeness.  He will long be fondly remembered as a kind soul.

A celebration of his life and the victory of his faith was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with military honors.  His pastor, Bro. Danny Balint will officiate, assisted by Rev. Danny Dabbs, Bro. Tim Brown and Steve Holland delivering the eulogy. Private burial will follow in Plantersville Cemetery.  Visitation was from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Holland-Tupelo Chapel-which is honored to be serving their neighbors.  Condolences may be  emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net  The service may be viewed for those who cannot attend at 11 am Wednesday and 60 days thereafter at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming.

Mr. Griffin leaves his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Gibson Griffin, who he married July 13, 1957; his children, Bob Griffin and Sissie Griffin Craft and her husband, Thomas of Plantersville.  His only grandchild, John Thomas “”JT” Craft, III.  His brother, Miller T. Griffin and wife, Jean of Sturgis.  He also leaves his large Gibson “in law” family primarily from Kemper County as well as grateful and admiring former students and their family all around the country.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be nephews; Michael, Greg, Doug and Brian Gibson, Ken Aust and Gary and Ronny Griffin.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Hall, Coach Kenneth Jones and Mark Hood.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 436, Plantersville, MS. 38862 or to Alzheimer’s Association of Miss., 207 West Jefferson St., Suite 1, Ridgeland, MS. 39157.