Griffen graduated from Milford Mill High School in Windsor Mill, Maryland and pursued his love of car design and auto mechanics at Lincoln Technical Institute in Baltimore City. He loved cars and thought he could build one. Later, he was employed by Firestone Autoshop in Baltimore. He continued his craft as an auto mechanic in the automotive shops at JC Penney and Kmart, repairing cars in Baltimore. Griffen Jr., also known as Junie loved the wooded space, clean air and wildlife of the country and moved to Crewe, Virginia with his grandmother, Gladys Lewis.
In Crewe, Junie was employed by the Exxon Station until he decided he wanted to be a truck driver. He was employed by Epps Trucking for one year until he decided he wanted his own truck and business. So, he followed his dream and got a truck. He started Lewis Trucking.
He joined Eleven Oaks Baptist Church and then moved his membership to New Bethel Baptist Church were he sang in the choir. For many years Junie sang with the Harmonizing Echoes. He enjoyed singing, repairing and detailing cars, watching car races and living in the country.
He was married to Martha Barbour, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his parents, Griffen and Lula Lewis; one brother, Anthony Lewis; two sisters, Carol Lewis and Gail Sands (Robert); one niece, Ariel; two nephews, Ogun and Michael; four uncles, Thurman Lewis (Joyce), Richard Lewis, Dorsey C. Bradshaw and Wilbur Oliver; five aunts, Janie Jennings, Ora Oliver (Clarence), Alma Williams (Arthur), Mary Hughes and Margaret Jones (Norman); two cousins, like brothers, Richard Lewis, Jr. and Steve Jennings; numerous cousins and friends.
Funeral Services Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at New Bethel Baptist Church, Crewe. Interment Lewis Family Cemetery, Crewe.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements
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