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Albeon Griffin Anderson (Griff), 43, died on March 21, 2011 at his home in Wilmington, NC. Griff was born in Hinsdale, IL on December 11, 1967. He spent his early childhood outside of Pittsburgh, three years of elementary school near Birmingham, AL and then returned to Hinsdale where he graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. Griff earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude with majors in both Economics and History. While at Dartmouth, Griff started at fullback as a freshman on the freshman football team and lettered twice as a Varsity football team member. He attended UNC Law as a Chancellor's Scholar, UNC's highest academic scholarship. He also earned his MBA from UNC Wilmington, earning an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. After serving as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in Wilmington, NC, Griff founded the law firm Anderson and Associates. He was a dedicated attorney.
Griff loved sports and played several in addition to football. He was a downhill skier, learned to snowboard and enjoyed a round of golf whenever possible. Griff also adored the water and was an avid skier, sailor, jet skier, scuba diver and motor boater. Living on the North Carolina coast, he was able to enjoy these activities regularly. He was a Porsche enthusiast and took great pride in his classic 911. Griff was also a great cook, specializing in barbecue.
Griff enjoyed Chicago immensely and took pleasure in introducing the city to newcomers. Without fail, he visited Second City and the original Billy Goat Tavern when in town and never missed an opportunity to enjoy deep dish Chicago pizza.
Griff was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist church in Wilmington, NC. He also belonged to the Big Brothers and Sisters organization as a volunteer mentor to young children. He was committed to making a difference in the world around him. He did.
Griff 's passions and interests were boundless, his achievements immeasurable. He will always be remembered for his contagious hearty laughter and the intense excitement with which he met every endeavor.
Griff is survived by his beloved fiancé Jessica Whitley of Wilmington, NC, his mother, Pam, of Evanston, IL , his father, Albeon and stepmother, Mary of Rocky Mount, NC, his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Molly and their three children, Logan, Riley and Finn, of Oswego, IL, and countless family and friends all over the country. Griff was a treasured son, brother, uncle, nephew and so much more. Griff, who loved dogs and always had a canine companion, also leaves behind his adored Labrador Retrievers, Bailey and Casey.
Griff's life will be celebrated by family and friends on Saturday, March 26 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist at 11 o'clock. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Griff's name to Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, http://tbicenter.unc.edu, 2207 Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center, Campus Box 8700, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 24, 2011