Name: Dorothy Ellen Oliver
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
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.
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
Robert Finis Griffin b: 11 JAN 1919 in Clinton, Ky
11 AUG 1943
in Mayfield, Ky Cumberland Pres Church
- Robert Finis Griffin , Jr. b: 4 JUN 1944 in Mayfield, Ky