MARGARET FRANKLIN McGRIFF-THOMPSON - 93 - Polk Co. School Board Elementary Teacher
LAKELAND - Margaret McGriff-Thompson, a lifelong resident of Lakeland, Florida (died of heart failure on July 22, 2012). She attended Moorehead Elementary, and graduated from Washington Park High School. Margaret continued her education at Florida Normal Industrial Institution (St. Augustine, FL) where she received her B.S. degree and her Masters of Education from Florida Agriculture Mechanical University (Tallahassee, Florida).
Margaret was a member of First Baptist Institutional Church for eighty-two years. As a member, she was a dedicated servant with the Floral Club, District, Choir One and Two, Intermediate Teacher for Class One and Two and President of General Mission.
 She was an educator for twenty-seven and a half years; during her tenure as an educator she worked as an Elementary teacher in Jasper, Florida and Lakeland, Florida. She retired as an educator in 1970 from Polk County School.
 Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Annie Franklin; four sisters, Lillar Sanders, Elise Robinson, Pansy Waldon and Bessie Luster; one brother Jake Livingston; husband Eddie Thompson, Jr., and son Johnny Jay McGriff.
 Sister Margaret Franklin McGriff Thompson leaves to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy a devoted family: one daughter, Eddie Mae Barnes, White Plains, N.Y; daughter-in-law Sharyn McGriff; three grandsons, Darrence McGriff, Terrence McGriff (Lisa), both of Lakeland, FL, Kevin Gason, Davenport, FL; three granddaughters, Wendelyn C. Barnes, Scarsdale, New York, Andrena Dabbs, Augusta, GA, Shar-Nay Gatson, Durham, NC; one great granddaughter, Charlotte Elizabeth McGriff, Lakeland, FL; two great nieces, Lolita Robinson-Berrien, Shawn Simon, Lakeland, FL; a host of in laws, great nephews, nieces & other relatives.
 Visitation is Friday, at 1st Baptist Institutional Church and the Funeral Service is Saturday,  July 28, 2012 at the Church. – Ledger, July 26, 2012

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