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Dolly GriffinDorothy (Dolly) Jo Griffin died at her home on July 10, 2011. Services will be held Wednesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Funeral Home. Reverend John Thomas and Reverend Milton Byrd will officiate the services. Dolly Jo was born August 17, 1951, to the late Joseph Baldwin and Hazel Harrington Dakin of Skene. She graduated from Shaw High School and Delta State University. In 1973, she married Roy Michael Griffin in Cleveland. She was the store manager for Clark Jewelry until being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2004. Throughout her protracted illness, she maintained an intense will to live until succumbing to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Dolly Jo was a longtime member of Morrison Chapel Baptist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be remembered as a faithful friend and relative who never forgot a birthday or special occasion. Her joys in life included gardening, baking, and watching sports. In addition to her husband, Mike, Dolly Jo is survived by her children, Dr. Roy Matthew Griffin of Cleveland, Emily Elizabeth Griffin of Starkville; brothers and sisters, Joe Cameron (Deleslyn) Dakin of Cleveland; Opal Harrington Dakin of Raymond; Earl Kent (Jeanette) Dakin of Cleveland; Paul Darden Dakin of Oxford; Virginia Guy (Tim) Hester of Fayetteville, GA; and Ruth Ellen (Steve) Connell of McCordsville, IN. She also leaves fifteen nieces and nephews and six great nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Doug Hester, Barry Hester, Spence Griffin, Evan Griffin, Steve Clark, Bobby Douglas, Donald Gant, and Phillip Rizzo. Honorary pallbearers are Jud Bringman and Zayne Hawkins. The family requests memorial donations in her name to Morrison Chapel Baptist Church 196 Morrison Chapel Rd. Cleveland, MS 38732 or First Baptist Church 101 N. Bolivar Ave. Cleveland, Ms 38732. Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. On-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net
I met Mrs. Dolly Jo years ago when my daughter started Delta State and we shopped Clark's Jewelry. Several years later when my daughter got engaged, she helped her pick out her china. She made it such a fun day! We have missed seeing her over the past years in the store. What a sweet sweet lady she was. My thoughts & prayers are with all the family at this time. God Bless you all.
Melody McCreary Stafford - July 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My condolences to Kent and to the family May GOD bless you all. Floyd Johnson
Floyd Johnson - July 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Dear Dakin and Griffin Family, My prayers are with you as you go through this transition in life. Dolly Jo was a wonderful and caring person. I remember her fondly. God's peace be with you, Courtney
Courtney Ballard Murtaugh - July 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Please know that we are thinking of and praying for you and your family at this difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathy. Larry & Nancy Holloway Ginger Holloway Marlow
Nancy Holloway - July 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Dolly Jo, we had so much fun at church in Sunday School. You will be remembered and missed by so many in far away places. Thank you for being so lively and personal. You gave and never asked. I am praying for the ones you are leaving. God blessed you and you shared it with other. I will see you on the other side. God bless and keep your family in their time of sorrow.
Anita Sherron-Farr - July 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
The arms that now embrace Dollie Joe also reach out to you with His comfort...God Bless, Cheryl
Cheryl Ballard - July 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Prayers and love to each of you. May God provide you with peace,hope, comfort and understanding. Loving memories will provide strength in the days ahead as well as God's mercy and comfort. God's love and blessings to you all---- II Corinthians 1:3 Psalms 46:10
Mike and Patsy Burchfield - July 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers May God wrap you and yours in His love and comfort.
Love Matthews - July 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Mike, Matt, & Emily, we are so sorry about Dolly Jo. She fought such a brave battle! We will miss having her as a neighbor and friend. Please remember that your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Beverly & Gary Fioranelli - July 12, 2011 at 07:20 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I enjoyed the short time that God allowed me to spend with you. Allowing me to meet a woman funny,loving,and full of life. May you rest in peace.
Alfreda Lofton - July 12, 2011 at 06:57 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM