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Michael Elaine "Mike" Griffin, 62, lifelong resident of Ripley, passed away unexpectedly Monday September 4, 2023, after sustaining injuries from a selfless act offering his assistance during a vehicle accident in Batesville.
Funeral Services honoring the life of Mike will be 11 AM Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the Ripley High School Event Center. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5 PM until 8 PM in the Heritage Chapel of the Ripley Funeral Home and will continue 9 AM until Service time on Saturday at the Ripley High School Event Center. Graveside Service with honors will follow in Tippah Memorial Gardens. Arrangements will be provided by The Ripley Funeral Home.
Mike was born July 13, 1961 in Ripley and was the son of the late Sylvesta Elaine and Martha Criswell Griffin. He was a 1979 graduate of Ripley High School and continued his education at Northeast Mississippi Community College, working on a technical degree as an electrician. After realizing technical school was not his calling, Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1980 and proudly served his country in the military as a Rifleman and Remote Sensor Specialist until 1986. His spirit for adventure and service to his community led to his training and responsibilities as a Mississippi State Trooper in 1987 and on June 2, 1990, Mike married his beloved wife, the former Edna Huddleston of Falkner, who survives. On June 30, 2021, after 34 years of proudly and faithfully serving the State of Mississippi, Mike retired and was assigned as a Government Affairs Liasion. Throughout his journey, he always strived to improve himself and contribute positively to his colleagues. His exceptional friendliness and kindness left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege to know him.
A member of the Church of Christ, Mike served as an Elder and Deacon for many years and was also an active member of the Lion's Club. He was an Ole Miss and Dallas Cowboy football fan, enjoyed dining out with family and friends, tending to his yard and adored his much loved wife and daughter. Mike was a man of immense character and kindness, a pillar of his church and community and beloved by all who knew him. His last selfless act was a testament to the caring soul he embodied following a life of dedication, and service to his family, friends, community, state and country.
In addition to his wife of 33 years, memories will continue to be shared by his daughter, Olivia Griffin of Oxford, one brother, Ricky Griffin, two half-sisters, Diane Cost (David) and Nina Lowry (Paul), his father in law, Wade Huddleston, sisters in law, Linda Bond (Kurt), Laura Green (Scott), and Myra Simmons (Stacy) and a host of nieces, nephews, many friends, and his canine companion "Jake" and feline friend, "Belle".
Mike is also preceded in death by two half-brothers, Elbert and Albert Griffin.
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