Mrs. Peggy Angeline Pearson Griffin age 94 of Fort Walton Beach, Florida died peacefully in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Friday, March 20, 2020.
She was born on Wednesday, April 8, 1925 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to Walter and Tessie Loftis Pearson. As a young girl she attended the following church and schools, Antioch Baptist Church 1600 Fort Shoals Road, Greenville, South Carolina, Freemont Grammar School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Magnolia School in Greenwood, South Carolina and Albans School in Piedmont, South Carolina.
She enjoyed swimming, skating and played basketball for St. Albans. Her favorite activity was helping her father Walter “Pop” Pearson exercise and harness race horses. During WW II she worked for Beckers Bakery in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she met Sergeant James Allen Griffin Jr. in 1947. Their first date was a ride through the mountains of Ashville, North Carolina on his Harley Davidson. They were married six weeks later and were together for 34 years until his death. While in the Air Force as a family they were stationed at Donaldson AFB, South Carolina and Orlando, Hurlburt and Eglin Air Force Bases in Florida. Then it was off to Chateauroux, France. They retired at Columbus AFB, Mississippi before moving to Fort Walton Beach, Florida In 1965. Her hobbies included: Crocheting, gardening and making lace draped porcelain figurines.
She is survived by three sons all of whom served in the U.S. Navy; Thomas (Elva) Griffin, James (Colleen) Griffin and Kenneth Griffin, seven Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and three Great Great Grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at a visitation on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 10-11 a.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel, 17 Chestnut Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Please keep in mind the funeral home will be practicing social distancing only allowing 10 people to be in the Chapel at any given time. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. With only 10 members of the family in attendance. Thank you for your understanding. Following services burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery, 316 NW Beal Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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