David Carson "Bullwhip" Griffin, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2020, at home in Pinewood.
He was born on July 3, 1960, a son of Rosa Lee Avin Griffin and the late John Henry Griffin Sr., and spent his youth in the local area. He attended Furman High School, where he was a member of the drum line. Music remained one of his passions along with hunting and fishing. Additionally, David was a member of the Manchester Trail Riders and an accomplished bowler with several 300 series rings. An avid Gamecock fan, he enjoyed cheering for his team. He recently worked for Evans Trailers as lead man for the fabrication department. David was a drummer for several country and Southern rock bands, including Leon Graham and the Turning Point Band and Teddy Spencer and the Nu South Band. He also ran sound for Prime Time. However, his proudest accomplishment was serving as one of the drummers for the praise and worship band at Alice Drive Baptist Church. For the past 15 years, David praised the Lord by keeping a steady beat ("Do not get ahead of the drummer" was one of his often-used sayings) and breaking drumsticks, inviting all to worship with him as a son of the Living God. David made friends with everyone he met and lived life to its fullest.
David is survived by his mother of the home; his daughter, Eden Elizabeth Sisson; his brothers, John Henry Griffin Jr (Michelle) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Glenn Ray Griffin of Greenville; his sister, Nora Mae Griffin of Montgomery, Alabama; a nephew, Taylor Glenn Griffin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; a niece, Angela Megan Jerkins (Nathan) of Greenville; a great-niece, Madelyn Rose Jerkins; and his best friend, Kathi Rae Jones.
A memorial service to honor David's life will be held outdoors at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Alice Drive Baptist Church in the back field by the new recreation building. Please bring lawn chairs, dress casually and practice social distancing. In the event of rain, the memorial service will be moved inside the sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 538 Wisacky Highway, Suite 101, Bishopville, SC 29010.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.
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