Obituary: Robert Jackson “Jack” Griffin

Robert Jackson “Jack” Griffin

Robert Jackson Griffin, formerly of Tulare County, Calif. died on May 15, 2019, which was his 90th birthday.

“Jack,” as he was known throughout this life, was born prematurely at home on May 15, 1929, in Fair Play, Mo. to parents Roy S. and Sarah Ann (Sawyer) Griffin. Jack married Dorothy Jean (Furnas), his one true love, on June 26, 1949. They were married 68 years before she passed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings. He was the fourth of 10 children born in his family and the last of his generation to survive.  His siblings were Margie (Sawyer) Galyon, Joetta (Griffin) Curl Badiali, Roy Jr., John, Gene, Jerold, Jerry, James, and Janet.

Jack is survived by his four daughters: Florence Ann Sebren and husband Don of Sommerville, Tenn., Roberta Jean Drake and husband Ronnie of Needmore, Mo., Carol Mayona Larssen of Fair Play, Mo., and Claudia Jane Gaylord and husband Ron of Fair Play, Mo. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

The family will celebrate his life with a party after his graveside service.  He was interred at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Shady Grove Cemetery Fair Play, Mo., less than a half mile from his birthplace. He loved greatly and will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel in Bolivar, Mo.

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