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  • ID: I70
  • Name: Dorothy Ellen Oliver
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1 FEB 1918 in Ribolt, Lewis Co, KY
  • Death: 20 OCT 2006 in Memphis, Shelby Co, Tn
  • Burial: 26 OCT 2006 Memory Hill Gardens, Memphis, Shelby Co, Tn
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      When Dorothy was a very small girl, her father, Joe H. Oliver
      was injured in a logging accident. He was partially paralyzed when
      a tree fell on him. In the fall of 1926, when she was 8 years old,
      Dorothy's mother, Bertha Botkin, died and her father was not
      able to care for the three children. The two older boys, Robert and Leonard
      were old enough to go out and live on their own. Joe Oliver went to
      live at the County Home for the remainder of his life.
      On Nov 3, 1926, Judge W.T.Stone of Lewis County, Ky held a hearing
      and investigation concerning the welfare of the three youngest children.
      On Dec 28, 1926, Judge Stone signed an Order of Commitment for
      the children to become wards of the State of Ky and placed in the
      Ky Children's Home in Lyndon, Ky.
      The next day, Dec 29, 1926, the three children were driven to the
      Home along with two other children from Lewis Co by Senator Trumbo of
      Vanceburg, Ky.
      Walter, Dorothy's younger brother was quickly placed in a home
      with Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Grainger of Hickory, Graves Co, Ky.
      Walter missed his big sister so much that he would go
      to the neighbors houses asking each if they would like to adopt a little girl. He
      was hoping to bring Dorothy closer to where he was. On Oct 13, 1927 Mr. and
      Mrs Grainger made application with the Children's Home to care for Dorothy. Three
      days later, Miss Otter of the Home transported Dorothy to the Grainger home in
      Hickory, Ky. Shortly after Dorothy was placed, she and Walter begin writing
      their brother, Charlie who was still at the Home in Lyndon. They sent him a gift
      and letter for Christmas in 1927 and Easter in 1928.
      Dorothy and Walter were never officially adopted by the Graingers but they remaind
      foster children under their care.
      In the spring of 1928 Dorothy and Walter were sick a great deal but the
      loving care of their foster parents brought them back to good health. On April 17,
      1928, Dorothy and Walter (by way of the Grainger's) were notified by the Ky Children's
      Home that Charlie had been placed in a good home. They would not tell them
      where he was even after Mrs Grainger wrote to ask.
      In May of 1928, the Graingers were planning to take the children to
      Washington, DC to visit Mrs. Grainger's mother.
      In March of 1929, the Grainger's moved from Hickory, Ky to Mayfield, Ky
      and lived on Maple Av.
      On Feb 1, 1939, the State of Ky declared Dorothy was of age and no longer a ward of
      the State. In Sep. of 1940, Dorothy wrote to the Children's Home and to the State
      requesting a copy of her birth certificate. Mr. Estill Morehead
      assisted Dorothy with the required paper work. Dorothy was working
      for Mr. Morehead in his bookstore in Mayfield. He was also on the
      Board of Directors for the Ky Children's Home. On Sep 26, 1940 Aline Steinhauser,
      the record clerk for the Children's Home signed an affidavit that affirmed
      Dorothy's date of birth and parents. The State issued a "delayed" certificate
      of birth, number 121-60031-18 upon receiving the affidavit.
      On Aug 11, 1943, Dorothy married Robert Finis Griffin also of Mayfield.
      He went off to World War II and after the War, the family moved to Memphis, Tn
      where they lived at 686 Colonial for many years, raising three children.


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      From the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper:
      DOROTHY ELLEN GRIFFIN, 88, passed away Friday, October 20, 2006
      at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN.
      She was born in Ribolt, Lewis Co., KY on February 1, 1918. She was preceded
      in death by her parents, Joe Oliver and Bertha Botkin Oliver, and four brothers,
      Robert Oliver, Leonard Oliver, Charles Oliver and Walter Oliver. Her parents died
      when she was 8 years old and she was raised by her foster parents, E.W. Grainger
      and Jesse Marigold Grainger. She graduated from Mayfield High School, Mayfield,
      KY. She was a life long Methodist. She married her high school sweetheart,
      Robert F. Griffin, in 1943. She had their first child while her husband was overseas
      in World War II. They moved to Memphis, TN after the war and had two more wonderful
      children. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great
      grandmother. She retired from Modern Door and Hardware in 1986 to enjoy traveling
      and square dancing with her husband and spending time with her family.
      She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Robert F. Griffin; two sons, Robert F.
      Griffin, Jr of Fort Worth, TX, William M. Griffin of Stuart, FL; one daughter, Martha A. Hughes
      of Germantown, TN; eight grandchildren, Robbie Hughes and Wendy Alexander of
      Germantown, TN, Karen Callis of Henderson, TN, Charles Griffin of Amarillo, TX, Matthew
      Griffin and Brad Griffin of Fort Worth, TX, Michael and John Griffin of Memphis, TN, and seven
      great-grandchildren,Austin Hughes, Alex Hughes and Allie Hughes of Germantown, TN,
      Madison Alexander and Will Alexander of Germantown, TN, Colston Callis of Henderson,
      TN, Jacob Griffin of Fort Worth, TX. The family requests any memorials be sent to CrossRoads
      United Methodist Church, 9315 E. Shelby Dr, Collierville, TN. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday,
      October 25 and services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Memphis Funeral
      Home Germantown Parkway Chapel.
      Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens Memphis Funeral Home 901-725-0100

      Published in The Commercial Appeal on 10/24/2006.


      Father: Joseph Henry Oliver b: 2 MAR 1872 in Ky
      Mother: Bertha Myrtle Botkin b: JUL 1883

      Marriage 1 Robert Finis Griffin b: 11 JAN 1919 in Clinton, Ky
      • Married: 11 AUG 1943 in Mayfield, Ky Cumberland Pres Church
      Children
      1. Has Children Robert Finis Griffin , Jr. b: 4 JUN 1944 in Mayfield, Ky
      2. Has Children Living
      3. Has Children Living