Sis. Lillian Alfreda Harris Griffin, 93, transitioned into eternal life on August 31, 2022 at Riverview Rehabilitation Center under the care of HOSPICE Savannah. She was the last living member of her immediate family. She was born November 30th, 1928 in Savannah, Georgia to the union of William Sr. and Isabelle Harris. She was a resident of Savannah and educated in the public-school system of Chatham County.
At a young age, she accepted Christ as her Savior and became a life long member of Central Missionary Baptist Church in Thunderbolt, GA. For many years, she sang in the Adult Choir and served faithfully until her health prevented her from attending services. Lillian was also a past member of the Seven Sisters Society of Thunderbolt, Georgia. While raising her young children, she was employed in the restaurant industry as a cook at Anna’s Little Napoli, Earl Ginn, and Johnny Harris. She was also employed by Savannah State University (formerly Savannah State College) and Georgia Regional Hospital as a housekeeper.
Lillian’s hobbies included baking, cooking, crabbing, fishing, hairstyling, watching classic movies, and she was always plunking on a keyboard. She also enjoyed family and friend gatherings. She had a passion for all things blooming, which showed in her beautiful flower and vegetable garden. Lillian enjoyed selling frozen fruit cups (thrills). The children in the neighborhood called her “The Thrill Lady.” On a hot summer’s day, the mail or United Parcel Service Carrier would often stop to buy one of her crushed fruit pineapple thrills. She was an avid reader and passed down the love of reading to her children.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James D. Griffin; sisters: Willie Mae Groover and Thelma Jones; brothers: William Jr, Felix, and Alphonso Harris; daughters: Joyce Ann Simmons and Virginia M. Gardner. With lasting memories, Lillian is survived by four daughters: Edna M. Milligan (Marion, deceased) of Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte L. Cuffee (Robert) of Hinesville, Georgia, Carletha Blackshear (Michael) of Melbourne, Florida; and Lessie R. Blake (Terry) of Savannah, Georgia; Three sons: Vernon L. Dean (Lucye) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Willie G. Washington (Kathy) of Savannah, Georgia; George W. Washington of Savannah, Georgia; 26 grand children (one of which preceded her in life) a host of great-grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Lillian was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved mother, but we know all things work together for the good of them who love God.