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“So very sad to hear of Sam's passing. Very sweet and loving friend. condolences to family. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Judy Yoder - Morganton, NC

“So so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He worked in my house since he started working part time. He did most all the painting and papering in my...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Judy and Bob Bliss

“We crossed paths many times through the years in the trade! Many thanks for the friendship! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ken Ramsey

“I have known Sam for many, many years and I'm sad to hear of his passing. He will be missed by many. God Bless! ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Jim Hawn - Morganton, NC - Friend

“Sam was a distant cousin in the Griffin Family. My grandfather and Sam's grandfather were brothers. I'm very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He was...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Janet Clarke-Kirby - NC - Family

“Sam had a wonderful heart, a loving spirit and a beautiful tenor voice. I am honored to have called him my cousin, friend and brother in Christ. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Libby Arney - Drexel, NC - Family


Mr. Samuel Neil Griffin, 66, of Drexel, passed away on Monday March 29, 2021 at his residence, with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Sam was born May 15, 1954 in Burke County, a son of Olene Poteet Griffin of Morganton and the late Paul Alexander Griffin of Drexel. Sam was a faithful and lifelong member of The Drexel First Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, choir member, member of the Praise Band, Building and Grounds Committee member as well as other committees of the church. He was a long-time member of the Elks Lodge of Morganton serving in many capacities and taking great pride in the various charitable activities.
Sam was a founding member of a gospel group in 1996, The Faithful Men, that performed in various settings for a number of years.
Sam , the owner of Decorating Services of Morganton, began his career in decorating in 1975 with a part-time job hanging wallpaper and doing interior painting. Sam made it a full-time job 4 years later. Along the way, he was always trying new techniques to broaden his abilities and better serve his clients.
In 1995, Sam graduated from AB Tech in Asheville, North Carolina with City & Guilds of England credentials. His studies included time spent in Portsmouth, England learning decorative painting and restoration techniques. These skills were soon used working with a team of decorators at the Biltmore House in Asheville, restoring the Breakfast Room to its original state. He never lost his penchant for mischief evidenced as his final action on that project was to hide his initials at the top of a wall in that room.
Sam, along with long-time associate Scott Ottinger, built a reputation for residential, commercial, and showroom work that spans the United States of America. Their work can be found from California to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and from Maine to Miami, Florida.
Sam enjoyed Airstream travel with his wife and his favorite spot was at Hunting Island, SC where he could put his feet in the sand and relax. He took great pride in playing the guitar and singing in the church choir and performing as a soloist for special occasions. He was considered a great chef and enjoyed cooking for others and his "tribe".
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by an older brother Bruce Griffin.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife Janet Spann Griffin of the home, a son, Chase Griffin and wife Devanshea of Morganton, a daughter, Alexandra Cunningham and husband Brett of Mooresville, NC, sisters, Paulette Griffin (Madeline Frosch) and Beverly Griffin (Judy Willis). Also surviving are his grandchildren who knew him as "Pops": Jackson, Emma, Charli, Asher and Salem Griffin and soon to be born in May, Crew Cunningham. In addition, surviving are his beloved Mother-in-law, Lucille Green Spann and in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and friends too numerous to count.
A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday April 3, 2021 at the Drexel Memorial Park Cemetary and a Celebration of Life will follow at 1:00 P.M. in the Drexel First Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Duncan officiating.
Memorials may be made to Drexel First Baptist Church Music Department, P.O. Box 308, Drexel, NC 28619.

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