James Griffin


Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007

Former Juneau resident James William Griffin died on April 22, 2007 in Austin, Texas. He was 84.

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He was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Bryan, Texas, to William Marshall Griffin, a blacksmith, and Lillie Kemp Griffin. He grew up in Bryan and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, where he co-captained the football team in 1940. He attended Baylor University on a football scholarship, captained the team in 1947 and received undergraduate and master's degrees in 1948. His college education was interrupted by three years service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

From 1948 to 1958, he coached football and other sports at high schools in Caldwell and Bryan. He was the superintendent of schools in Milano, Texas, from 1959 to 1964.

In 1964, he moved with his wife and two young sons to Alaska where he was employed as a teacher with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served at schools in Barrow, Saint Michael and Mount Edgecumbe. From 1975 until his retirement in 1988, he worked in the Bureau's Area Office in Juneau.

Following retirement, he and his wife remained in Juneau where he was active in the Lion's Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Eagle River United Methodist Camp and Northern Light United Methodist Church. In 2003, he and his wife moved to Austin.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bennie Griffin; and sisters, Nellie Mae Myers and Ruth McPherson.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Corinne Alice Bethea Griffin; sons, James Allen Griffin, Douglas Bethea Griffin and his wife, Barbara, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Laura Leigh and Douglas Edward, of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters, Irene McGill, of Temple, Texas, and Mildred Mahler, of Bryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 22 at First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas. His ashes will be interred at Shrine of Saint Therese Columbarium in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those desiring to make memorial contributions to Eagle River United Methodist Camp, P.O. Box 20272, Juneau AK, 99802, or a charity of choice.

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