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Congratulations to Linn Ann Griffin

Florida Morticians Association

Professional of the Year

    Linn Ann Jones Griffin was born in Bainbridge, Georgia. She is the first child of the late Elbert W.  Jones and lnez Augusta Stevens Jones. ln 1960, she graduated from Allen High School in Ashville, NC.

In 1965, she earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethune-Cookman College and the Master of Education degree from Florida A&M University in 1966. She also earned the Master of Library Science degree from Florida State University in 1977. She received a diploma in Funeral Services from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Services in 1981.

Since that time, Linn has worked as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Strong & Jones Funeral

Home, lnc. Her motto is "Let your light so shine that men shall see your good work that glorifies our Father which is in Heaven." Linn Ann is an extraordinary woman, passionate about a life of service, not only in the business world, but also in her church, where she is actively involved as a Trustee, an Usher, President of the Pulpit Aide Board Ministry, the Women's Missionary Society and a Sunday school

Leader.

She is committed to enhancing business, church, education and scholarship in the community. Her vast contributions to this community have made her an outstanding citizen. She serves well in a traditionally male dominated industry-funeral services. A highly successful woman, she is a managing co-owner of Strong & Jones Funeral Home, lnc. She employs a contingency of women in her business while promoting womanhood and much needed community employment.

Linn Ann founded the Florida District V Ladies Auxiliary of the Florida Morticians Association. ln memory of her mother, lnez Augusta Stevens Jones, a founder of the Strong & Jones Funeral Home, lnc. she provides an annual scholarship to a woman seeking a career in mortuary science.

She holds membership in many local, state and national organizations: Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, A Life Recovery Center Board, Mother's ln Crisis, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and has received numerous awards for outstanding service including: 25 Women to Know, 25 Phenomenal Women Making A Difference, Tallahassee Community College Black Calendar Honorees, 100 Black Women in Funeral Service, Bethel A,M.E. Church Mother of the Year and the Church Wall of Faith. She most recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Florida A&M University in May 2013.

Linn Ann has three sons: Thomas J, "Tommy" Griffin, Jr, Elbert J, Griffin, and Alfred S. Griffin; two daughter-in-law’s: Ericka Griffin and Shavonda Griffin; three grandsons, Thomas J. Griffin lll, Tyler J, Griffin.

 

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