Eugene Griffin, church elder, teacher and musician, dies

October 30, 1990

Services for Eugene Griffin, who ministered as an elder at West Baltimore's Olivet Baptist Church, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 3500 Edmondson Ave.

Elder Griffin, who lived on Norfolk Avenue, died Oct. 24 at Bon Secours Hospital after a short illness. He was 65.

Born and educated in Baltimore, he retired in 1979 as a night watchman at the zoo after working 20 years there.

He also had ferried private school students as a driver for the Allen Bus Co. Earlier, he worked for a canning company.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He had been active at Olivet Baptist Church since 1968. He was a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, head of a committee that ministered to the sick, a singer with a male chorus called the Gems, a member of the outreach prison ministry and an associate minister.

He was ordained in 1976 and became an elder last year. He opened the Sunday morning services and conducted Friday night prayer services.

He not only sang but played a guitar and other musical instruments at the church. He also preached at the Park Manor Nursing Home.

Elder Griffin assisted at several churches in Calvert and Anne Arundel counties. Among them was Mount Gethsemane Baptist Church in Huntingtown, Calvert County, which he served for several years in the late 1970s.

In his spare time he enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joyce Harris; and two daughters, Doris Roberts and Myra Elizabeth Griffin. All are of Baltimore.

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