January 20, 1922
– December 28, 1944
*Upon Miss Griffith’s death in 1971
she was brought to Bay City and interred next to Roy Jr.
**His father had made a contractual agreement with a Miss Ethel Jean Clark on May 21, 1940 to acquire a large tract of land at Cedar Lane, thus establishing the beginning of the Griffith’s residency in Matagorda County
Double funeral service was held here Sunday for Mr. Henry Estill who died suddenly at his home at Cedar Lane, Friday morning and for Mr. Estill’s son-in-law, Lt. Raymond M. Griffith who died Thursday evening at Amarillo.
The services were held from the Methodist Church at 2:30 with Reverend Harry Rankin of the Methodist Church and Reverend James Draper of the Baptist Church, officiating. Music was furnished by the combined choirs of the Methodist and Baptist Churches.
Matchett-Newman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Active pallbearers at Mr. Estill’s grave were Messrs. W. F. Tetts, Guy Myrick, Ira Clements, Joe Wolffarth, Tom Matthews, Eaton Grissom. At the grave of Lt. Raymond Griffith, Richard Grissom, John Stephens, Jim Frank Johnson, Steve Matthews, Arden Shira and Capt. D. H. Snell, were pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers were: Lewis Matchett, Layton Moore, Grover Moore, W. W. Wilkinson,
J. C. Sisk, E. O. Taulbee, Jack Hinton, R. O. Kiser, W. R. Gordon,
Tom Hale, L. B. Luder, Jack Irwin, P. R. Hamill, Morris Richardson,
Carey Smith, Wm. Cash, Harris Milner, Fred Mielsch, J. D. Tabb,
Chas. Dickey, Arthur Norris, E. J. Werlla, J. B. Eastman, Lonnie
Glaze, Pete Longwood, Henry Freeman, L. R. Eastman, Jesse Clements,
B. C. Morris, Bill Klahn, A. B. Brown, Geo. Weathers, Ernest
Freeman, B. F. Stevens, Clarence Allen, Sam Walker, C. R. Walker, M.
T. Walker, W. G. Jones, Archie Holmes, D. V. Collins, E. B. Dacke,
H. W. Bowie, J. B. Roberts, Dr. B. L. Livengood, C. M. Amos, F. S.
Taylor, Guy Davis, Louis Wade, Jack Matthews, Jim Hamilton, Walker
Hamilton, E. E. Rising, C. G. Potter, Fred Mielsch, J. W. Ingram, C.
A. Erickson, W. R. Horn, John Stephens.
Lt. Griffith, who died of infantile paralysis on December 28th, at Amarillo Army Airfield, was the son of Mr. Roy M. Griffith, Sr., a stockman of Cedar Lane community. He is survived by his wife, and a sister, Mrs. Arden L. Shira, of Houston.
Lt. Griffith received his academic education in Indiana Public Schools and the University of Houston. For a number of years he made his home with Miss Fay Griffith, an aunt, of Terre Haute, Indiana, coming to Texas several years ago to work in the cattle business with his father. He was married in 1942 to the former Miss Verna Lee Estill, of Cedar Lane.
Lt. Griffith entered the air force in 1942, and became a
flying instructor, and was engaged in this work at the time of his
death, although he had been transferred to the Amarillo field but a
few days before his death for B-29 training, expecting thereby to
see combat duty.
Resident of County, Dies
Mr. Roy M. Griffith, resident of Matagorda County and Bay City for over fifty years, died this morning at 4:30 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith had lived in Cedar Lane area for years until just a couple of years ago when they moved to Bay City and built their beautiful home at 2003 Marguerite.
He had been a railroad man and a rancher and a farmer. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Roy Griffith; one daughter, Aredn Shira of Houston; one sister, Miss Fay Griffith and one brother, C. E. Griffith, both of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
The Daily Tribune, Thursday, October 18, 1956
Mr. Griffith Services
To Be 10 A.M. Saturday
Funeral services for Roy M. Griffith, long time Matagorda County resident who died Thursday morning, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Garnet House to officiate. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Mr. Griffith, a resident of Cedar Lane for many years had lived in the county about 50 years, had moved to Bay City about two years ago. He had been a railroad man and a rancher and farmer. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Roy Griffith, one daughter, Aredn Shira of Houston; one sister, Miss Fay Griffith and one brother, C. E. Griffith, both of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Active pallbearers will be Morris Wyse, J. R. Carson, John Stevens, Morris Richardson, Billy Moore, P. T. Brown
Honorary pallbearers will be P.R. Hamill, L. B. Luder, Roland Rugeley, Henry Rugeley, Layton Moore, Earnest Reiman, Jim Sisk, Frank Hurley, Sr., Frank Hurley, Jr., Albert E. Smith, Ira Clement, Hubert Bowie, Syd Bowman, Joe Wolffarth, Bill O’Neal, E. L. McDonald, Jim Lewis, Dr. Charles Shoultz, Dr. B.E. Simons, Raleigh Sanborn, George Serrill, W.F. Tetts, F. W. Daehne, J. B. Eastman, Tom Matthews, Jack Matthews, Eaton Grisham, Robert L. Sisk, A.H. Wadsworth, S. O. Eidman and Gene Luna.
The Daily Tribune, Friday, October 19, 1956
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