Virginia grew up in Dalton, GA and moved to Macon in 1976. She worked for First National Bank & Trust Company, now SunTrust Bank, until 1981. Virginia earned a BA degree in Christianity from Mercer University in 1988 and has been a teacher and speaker for classes and small groups for a number of years. As a sales associate in the Atlanta and Charlotte Apparel Mart, she presented and modeled new clothing lines to retail buyers. Virginia completed her Real Estate coursework at Middle Georgia Academy of Real Estate and passed the Georgia Real Estate Exam. She and her husband, Buddy, are members of Ingleside Baptist Church. They have 2 grown sons, Sam F Griffin, Jr. and Adam W. Griffin, and have 2 small boys at home, Alex and Kamron Ward.