William Johnson Griffis
November 12, 1935 ~ May 6, 2010
Funeral services for William Johnson "Bill" Griffis, 74, of Hughes Springs will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 10, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Hughes Springs with the Rev. Daniel Bramlett officiating. Burial will follow in Hughes Springs Cemetery under direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. in Hughes Springs. Mr. Griffis was born in Avinger on November 12, 1935. He was the son of Oby and Carrie Mae Johnson Griffis. He was a graduate of Avinger High School and attended Texarkana College and East Texas State University. On June 10, 1956 he married Carol Jones Griffis. William worked at Lone Star Steel for 30 years in various departments. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Knight's Templar. He held the Grand Lodge Offices of District Deputy and Education Officer. Bill was awarded the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding community service from the Masonic Lodge and the Life Time Achievement Award. He also received the Golden Trowel Award, which is the highest achievement award of the Grand Lodge. Bill was preceded n death by his parents; one sister Bonnie LaMerle Griffis Traylor and one brother Charlie Joe Griffis. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Carol Jones Griffis of Hughes Springs; one daughter Pamela Kaye Griffis Owen and son-in-law Mark Owen of Royse City and son Willaim Allan Charles Griffis and daughter-in-law Barbara; grandchildren David Owen, Julie and Aaron New, Jill and Cooper Crowell, Dylan Owen, Weston Griffis, Kendall Griffis, Greg and Jerilyn Goolsby, Melissa and Scott Cooney and Tennille Goolsby; great grandchildren Emmalyn New,Rustyn Goolsby, Grelyn Goolsby, Taylor and Vinson Wood, McKensie Green, Zach Sewell, Garrett Easley, Mattison Easley, Lilly Easley and Brandon Reynolds;great grandchild Chole Wood; nephews Charles Randolph and wife Dolly Traylor,Billy Michael and wife Linda Traylor. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Mother's Day Sunday at the funeral home in Hughes Springs. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Scottish Rite Hospital or the Hughes Springs Area Foundation.