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John Floyd Griffin, 90, of Stanton went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Stanton with the Rev. David Harp officiating. Private interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at the funeral home.
John Floyd Griffin was born May 1, 1922, in Lubbock County. He was the son of Charles and Erin Griffin. John was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Griffin; and his granddaughter, Bethany Griffin. He is survived by his wife, Margie Griffin of Stanton.
He is also survived by his two daughters, Deborah Baker and husband Roger and Pam Shaw; his son, Nathan Griffin and wife Marian, all of Carrollton; his two stepsons, Dennis Ireton and wife Judy and Danny Ireton and wife Ronda, all of Stanton; his grandchildren, Patrick Baker, Marie Baker, Rachel Griffin, Philip Griffin, Matthew Griffin, Jessica Germany, Trey Shaw, Toria Kuntz and husband Don, Brandon Ireton, Matthew Ireton and wife Claire, Jonathan Ireton, Casey Waggoner and husband Mike and A.J. Ireton; his great-grandchildren, Trent Baker, Abigail Baker, Braden Waggoner, Tyler Waggoner, Harilyn Ireton, Jack Ireton, Dylan Kuntz, Degan Kuntz and Harlow Kuntz; and his sister, Enid Allen.
John served in the United States Navy in World War II. He was wounded at the Battle of Iwo Jima and was awarded a Purple Heart. He returned to Lubbock County, where he farmed until he retired in 1986.
When he returned to Lubbock County he met and married Lillian Surovik, his wife of 35 years. After her death in 1984 he met and married Margie Ireton in 1987 and they were married until his death.
His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. John enjoyed traveling, dancing and painting. He was a loyal fan of the Lady Raiders basketball team and enjoyed all sports.
Johnâ€™s faith in Christ was the hallmark of his life.
â€śI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.â€ť II Timothy 4:7
The family suggests memorials be made to the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com