South Albany mourns passing of Milton “June Bug” Griffin

(ALBANY, GA) – A part of the Albany community is mourning the loss of Milton “June Bug” Griffin, whose impact in the city reached beyond the Dougherty County School System.

To many in South Albany, Griffin molded them into the people they are today.

“He gave a lot of kids the opportunity to come together and love each other as one. Coming from a little business in the area, it was the only place anybody could be brought up,” says South Albany resident, Amerigo Hampton.

While South Albany native, Walter Chatman recalls, “If you didn’t have it. If you wanted it, if you needed it, he gave it to you. You know, clothes off of his back. He was a father figure to a lot of us males and female. So i salute him and we just need to pay respect.”

Griffin was always there to steer those in trouble back on track.

“Mother of four, Torika Winchester tells us, “As one of my boys got older, he got in trouble. And june bug went and spoke on his behalf to the judge for my son. And my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He will greatly be missed.

“Everybody knew him for a very long time. And he was a helpful man. So they’ll be talking about how good of a man he was, you know,” says current June Bug’s Grocery Manager, Rajesh Patel.

For the many men and women who make up Albany today, they have june bug griffin to thank for where they are.

“You know, as an adolescent, we all grew up like we were on the street. But the older we got, he would still ride by the house and talk to me until he passed,” says Zaybain Barber.

Final funeral arrangements for Griffin have not been announced at this time.

He was 72 years old.