Mary Elizabeth “Billie” Shealey Griffin, 86, passed away Monday, December 22, at Lake Park Nursing Home in Madison. Born and raised in Monticello/Jefferson County, she began her career with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Monticello as one of the first women employees. After her banking career, she worked for Dr. Hunter and Dr. Ward at Gerry Medical Clinic in Monticello. After several years in the medical field she worked as Deputy Tax Collector of Jefferson County under Mamie V. Capps. She then transferred to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee before retiring in 1990 from the Governor’s Office.
Billie was born September 28, 1928, and lived her childhood years in Lamont where she was baptized at the Lamont Baptist Church. In 1954, she married Louis Capous “Pete” Griffin, Jr., and together they raised their three children in Monticello. Billie served as a Committee Woman for the Jefferson County Democratic Committee, was an active band parent of the Jefferson County High School marching band and a member of the adult choir at First Baptist Church in Monticello. She was also known for being an avid Florida Gator fan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Capous “Pete” Griffin, Jr.; her parents Lonnie and Bessie Shealey, Sr.; a brother, Lonnie Shealey, Jr.; and son-in-law, Douglas Collins.
She is survived by a brother, Reuben Shealey, of Tallahassee; a daughter, Anita Collins, of Monticello; and sons: Wayne Griffin (Kathryn) and Ray Griffin (Susanne), of Madison. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Danny Collins, Clint Collins, Christopher Griffin, Casey Griffin, Robbie Griffin, Caitlin Day (Christopher) and Christian Griffin. She is also survived by one great-granddaughter, Peyton Collins.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, in Monticello at 12 noon. A short visitation was held in the Beggs Chapel at 11 a.m., just before the funeral services. A graveside service was held immediately afterwards at the Roseland Cemetery in Monticello.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to Lamont Baptist Church.