Lee Roy Griffin Jr.

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December 17, 1941 ~ June 24, 2023

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lee Roy Griffin, Jr. died Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the Elizabeth Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Buncombe County, Lee Roy was the youngest son of the late Lee Roy Griffin, Sr., and Martha Cole Griffin. Born in a log cabin in Jump Cove in the Reems Creek Valley on December 17, 1941, he grew up profoundly loving the Blue Ridge Mountains for its natural beauty and wonderful people. He was married to his devoted wife, Dianne Carter Griffin, for 54 years. Dianne worked tirelessly over the past three years to provide excellent care during a protracted illness and recovery. He also is survived by his son Michael Cole Griffin, his wife, Maria Rosa, and his daughter Michelle and her wife, Jen. He deeply loved his grandchildren Queila, Collin, and Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, whom he had a deep affection for: his brothers James “JV” Griffin, Dwain “Griff” Griffin, and Donald Griffin; and his sisters Norma Lance, Ruby Phillips, and Carolyn Justice. And also his best friend, Thomas Bryan.

Lee Roy graduated from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville and completed two years of college at UNC-A. He graduated from the North Carolina Military Academy in 1967 and served in the North Carolina National Guard for six years.

Lee Roy successfully owned and grew several independent insurance agencies, consolidating them into the Griffin Agency in Mars Hill, NC. He passionately served his customers and spent many years making personal and business visits driving the country roads in Madison County. He also worked as a licensed Real Estate Agent, buying, selling, and building homes in the area.

He had a lifelong passion for politics and ran for the North Carolina State House in 1970. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, boating, and photography throughout Western North Carolina. He enjoyed NCAA basketball, raising bloodhound canines, traveling in his RV, reading spy novels, collecting antique books, and playing golf.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Bethel Cemetery, adjacent to Bethel United Methodist Church at 1056 Riceville Rd, Asheville, NC. Pastor Allen Rash will officiate.

Memorials in honor of Lee Roy’s life can be made to Four Seasons Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: June 28, 2023 2:00 pm

Bethel United Meth. Church Cem.
1056 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Dianne and family, i am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you the wonderful comfort and peace that only He can give , and the blessed Hope that you will see him again.

  2. My dear sweet friend Dianne. God has been with you during the last few years as you took such great care of your husband. I pray for you and your family as you go through this time of your life. God loves you and he is holding you in his arms. Be blessed. Cyndi

  3. So sorry to hear of Lee Roy’s passing as I had known him going back to my pre-teen years, when he was a young adult. Lee Roy always had such a kind personality and I can never remember seeing him without a smile on his face. My Dad and Lee Roy were friends through their involvement in their respective insurance agencies. When my Dad retired, Lee Roy bought my Dad’s agency, knowing Lee Roy would be very diligent in looking after the clientele. Condolences to Lee Roy’s family and friends…May God bless you through this difficult time. I am sure there is a wonderful family reunion going on in Heaven.

  4. We treasure our Friendship here in Ridgeway as your past Neighbors!!! Hugging you all in Spirit and Prayers!!! Precious Memories!!!

  5. Our condolences to Diane, Michelle, and Michael and families. Lots of history and good times passed between us and we miss that. Take care.

  6. Just learned about your loss when Charlie and Dickie were in contact about their reunion. Am sorry for your loss, but I am glad for the joys you shared.

    With sincerest sympathy,

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