Ideal Helms Griffin

Published 12:02 pm Saturday, July 18, 2020

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Ideal Helms Griffin, 91, died July 15, 2020 at her Camden home. She was born in Jarvisburg on September 10, 1928 to Eva Morrisette and George Helms. She was the third child, with older brothers George and Jack, and later joined by sister Ann, all now deceased. She and husband Onwood “Red” Griffin raised a daughter, Deborah (Michael) who lives in DeLand, FL, and a son, David (Tami) who resides in Camden.

She was a first-grade teacher at Grandy Elementary for more than twenty years and attended Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church, where Ideal was a long-time teacher of her Fidelis Class and member of the WMU. She and Onwood were never far from the other’s side, and thoroughly enjoyed a decade of RV-camping throughout North America.

Ideal is also survived by grandchildren Wendy (Ben), Abbie (T.L.) and Joshua. During the grandkids’ time as Camden High School athletes, she was a regular in the bleachers.

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A private service for family and friends will be held at Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Buzzard officiating. The family will receive friends at David Griffin’s home, 200 Belcross Road, in Camden. Memorial donations may be made to the Music Fund of Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church, 241 Sawyer’s Creek Road, Camden NC 27921.  Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to