Matthew Griffin Sr.

November 25, 1942 ~ July 22, 2021 (age 78)

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It is with sadness that Eddie & Jackie Nelson and the Support Staff of Nelson’s Funeral Home announce the passing of Mr. Matthew Griffin Sr. 78, of Winnsboro, South Carolina.   

Mr. Griffin transitioned into eternity Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Celebrating the life of Bishop Matthew Griffin, Sr. known to many as “Puddin.”  He was born to the late Phillip Griffin, Sr. and Ella Eigster Griffin on November 25,1942. He peacefully transitioned on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Prism Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC at the age of 78 years old. 

Bishop Griffin received his education in Richland County Schools.  He was the founder and owner of Griffin & Sons General Construction for over 58 years.  In 1962, he united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, the former Wilhelmenia Cook.  To this union, three sons were born.  At an early age, Bishop Griffin while attending New Jerusalem Holiness Church, heard the preached word.  As it rang out, “I will humble myself onto the Almighty Hand of God to stand and make up the hedges.” These profound words inspired him to begin his pastoral journey. In 1980, Bishop Griffin was ordained under the leadership of Overseer Bishop C.R. Hardin of Bridgeport, CT and Bishop Frank Brooks of Columbia, SC.  He loved preaching, sharing the word of God and encouraging others to be saved. 

Bishop Griffin leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his homegoing a devoted wife, Wilhelmenia; one son, Matthew (Aqulia) Griffin, Jr. of Columbia, SC; one brother, Phillip Griffin, Jr. of Richmond, Va.; five beloved grandchildren, Priscilla, Valerie, Christopher, all of Columbia, SC, Jeremiah (Stasha) of Atlanta, Ga, and Sheybrele of Augusta, Ga; eight great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

The family of Bishop Matthew Griffin, Sr., will always cherish his precious memories, specifically remembering him singing along with Reverend James Cleveland, “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus.” His favorite scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  -Philippians 4:13 KJV 

He was preceded in death by his sons, Alexander and James, parents, three sisters, four brothers.



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