OBITUARY

Gracie Griffin

January 2, 1928July 4, 2019

Reflections of Life & Legacy

Gracie Thomas Griffin was born December 12, 1928 in Sondhammer, Louisiana to John Thomas and Rebecca Blue. In 1960 she moved to Las Vegas, where she began working at MGM Hotel and casino for many years for the famous Lucille Ball as her private maid. During this time Gracie became sick and was scheduled for surgery. The Friday before the surgery she wondered in a little white Pentecostal church as she often told the story on how she sat in the back of the church and the preacher asked her to come up for prayer. She said all she remembers is when she came to herself, she was getting off the floor, and she felt no more pain, it was gone, she was absolutely healed by the power of God and Monday surgery was cancelled. The Lord had beautifully Saved and Changed her life forever, from that day forward everywhere Gracie went she told Everyone about Jesus. Especially her family who she wanted to see Saved the most! Gracie was ridiculed about her new found faith, she never stopped talking about the Miraculous work of Jesus. One day she shared her Love of Jesus with her Sister-in-Law Elizabeth Thomas during one of their weekly visits, when (Auntie Lizzy) was filled with the precious Holy Ghost. This inspired Gracie as never before, her Fire and Love for the Word of God caused her to stand out. She was appointed by the Bishop over Young Women’s Christians Counsel at an early age where she taught the young and older women. The bigger the crowd the more she thrived under a heavy teaching and healing anointing, from there, she served as a Distract Missionary. Later in years she moved to California where she met and married Jessie Griffin, Pastor of Back to Pentecost COGIC, they were married 25 years before he died. In addition to ministry Gracie was a successful entrepreneur running a little business right from her own garage for many years on the corner of 104th and Hoover in Los Angeles. During this time she continued to serve in minister under the leadership of Myra B. Cotton, of Gods temple of Deliverance. She faithfully served as an Evangelist under her Grandson’s ministry, Pastor Charles Shoats & (Andrea), of To God Be the Glory Ministry, later in years she would move back to Las Vegas where she sat under her Nephew Bishop Darrel Thomas & (Adrian), of Philadelphia Church, as well as Pastor Lee Washington, & (Branda) of World of Evangelist (this was the first time she allowed them to call her Mother of the church instead of Evangelist, she was 87). Lastly she served with an another Grandson, Pastor Willie Johnson & (Carolyn) of The Divine Kingdom.

She is survived by one son Billy Thomas Jr., a daughter who proceeds her Catherine Thomas Brooks, both of Las Vegas Nevada, 6 Brothers who proceeded her (the twins) T.J. (Scottie) Thomas, J.T Thomas, and Levi Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri, Gus Rodell, George Thomas, and J.W Brown from California. One sister Georgia Kyle of California who proceeded her, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grands, 16 great great grands and a Host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends

Services

19 July

Visitation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Palm Downtown Mortuary

1325 North Main St
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

20 July

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Palm Downtown Mortuary

1325 North Main St
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

Memories

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carolyn Johnson

July 15, 2019

Thanks for your Prayers Everyone.
My Grandma transitioned into Heaven July 4th, 2019, just as the sun went down. The Glory & Peace that was on her face gave us comfort...as the Sunset and Fireworks begin going off, (I kid you not), it was as if Heaven was Welcoming BACK a true Soldier in the Army of the Lord Home!..She lived 94 years. She Evangelized over 60 Years! They all said she was weird because she was the first to receive Christ in the family. As a child I remember my father saying there was no God...but one day, my parents had to leave us with my Grandmother. I remember falling and hurting myself really bad, I remember her laying hands on me, it felt like a hand reached in and pulled out the pain..I marvelled at her, and the God she served.. and I was Never the same...from that day forward, as a child I Knew she served a True and Living because He Touched me! And I began to secretly pray and develop a relationship with the Lord...Grandma BELIEVED in the Power of the Living God, countless souls were touched by her ministry, until her final hours.

Gone but Never forgotten


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Biography

Reflections of Life & Legacy

Gracie Thomas Griffin was born December 12, 1928 in Sondhammer, Louisiana to John Thomas and Rebecca Blue. In 1960 she moved to Las Vegas, where she began working at MGM Hotel and casino for many years for the famous Lucille Ball as her private maid. During this time Gracie became sick and was scheduled for surgery. The Friday before the surgery she wondered in a little white Pentecostal church as she often told the story on how she sat in the back of the church and the preacher asked her to come up for prayer. She said all she remembers is when she came to herself, she was getting off the floor, and she felt no more pain, it was gone, she was absolutely healed by the power of God and Monday surgery was cancelled. The Lord had beautifully Saved and Changed her life forever, from that day forward everywhere Gracie went she told Everyone about Jesus. Especially her family who she wanted to see Saved the most! Gracie was ridiculed about her new found faith, she never stopped talking about the Miraculous work of Jesus. One day she shared her Love of Jesus with her Sister-in-Law Elizabeth Thomas during one of their weekly visits, when (Auntie Lizzy) was filled with the precious Holy Ghost. This inspired Gracie as never before, her Fire and Love for the Word of God caused her to stand out. She was appointed by the Bishop over Young Women’s Christians Counsel at an early age where she taught the young and older women. The bigger the crowd the more she thrived under a heavy teaching and healing anointing, from there, she served as a Distract Missionary. Later in years she moved to California where she met and married Jessie Griffin, Pastor of Back to Pentecost COGIC, they were married 25 years before he died. In addition to ministry Gracie was a successful entrepreneur running a little business right from her own garage for many years on the corner of 104th and Hoover in Los Angeles. During this time she continued to serve in minister under the leadership of Myra B. Cotton, of Gods temple of Deliverance. She faithfully served as an Evangelist under her Grandson’s ministry, Pastor Charles Shoats & (Andrea), of To God Be the Glory Ministry, later in years she would move back to Las Vegas where she sat under her Nephew Bishop Darrel Thomas & (Adrian), of Philadelphia Church, as well as Pastor Lee Washington, & (Branda) of World of Evangelist (this was the first time she allowed them to call her Mother of the church instead of Evangelist, she was 87). Lastly she served with an another Grandson, Pastor Willie Johnson & (Carolyn) of The Divine Kingdom.


She is survived by one son Billy Thomas Jr., a daughter who proceeds her Catherine Thomas Brooks, both of Las Vegas Nevada, 6 Brothers who proceeded her (the twins) T.J. (Scottie) Thomas, J.T Thomas, and Levi Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri, Gus Rodell, George Thomas, and J.W Brown from California. One sister Georgia Kyle of California who proceeded her, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grands, 16 great great grands and a Host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends