SIKESTON - Jarrell D. Griffin, 73, died at 3:50 p.m. May 2, 2003, at the Mesa General Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.
Born July 1, 1929, in Enola, Ark., son of the late William Henry and Gladys Matthews Griffin, he was a 2nd class petty officer with the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After returning from the armed services, he worked at Harwell Auto Parts and was a loan officer for the Bank of Sikeston, retiring in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. For the past five years, he was an assistant funeral director with Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as an usher, church trustee, member of the Friendship Sunday School class, was a former Sunday school teacher and performed with the annual Living Christmas Tree program for many years. Griffin had also served on various other church committees. A member and past president of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club, he was a former member of the Sikeston Jaycees, was a Little League coach for several years, had been an active committee member of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Recognition Banquet and was a member of the Missouri Bankers Association and Sikeston Country Club. He was also an avid golfer.
On Dec. 22, 1951, in Sikeston, he married Lilly Faye Sitzes who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Cindy Griffin of Sikeston and Garry and Traci Griffin of Parker, Colo.; two brothers, Shelby Griffin of Paragould, Ark., and Wilbur Griffin of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Jonnie Glover of Modesto, Calif., and Uvell Wright of San Bernadino, Calif.; one half brother, Carl Griffin of San Diego, Calif.; two half sisters, Pat Rister of Memphis, Tenn., and Carolyn Linninger of Redondo Beach, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Ken Kiersey of Dexter and Harold Kiersey of California; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Griffin and Spencer Griffin of Sikeston and McKensie Griffin, Cassidy Griffin and Tucker Griffin of Parker, Colo.
Preceding him were his stepmother, one stepbrother and one stepsister.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Sikeston, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dr. Rick Ramsey, pastor, the Rev. David Jackson, associate pastor and Mike Parker, will officiate.
The Missouri Military Honors Program will conduct military graveside rites at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Vernon Anderson, Jim Barber, Brent Blanchard, Bob Boyer, Jack Lopp, Wayne Friend and Cellis McCain.
Blanchard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Jarrell D. Griffin Memorial Fund in care of First Baptist Church 1101 N. Main St. Sikeston, MO 63801