Billy F. Griffin
Lucille Morton Griffin
Bill and Lucille met in the 1940s when Lucille was employed in Ft. Worth as an airplane riveter and Bill was in the process of being deployed to England with the US Air Force, where he served as a gunner on a B-17. They were married Nov. 20, 1945 and their marriage continued for 65 years until their deaths this week, 26 hours apart.
When Bill returned from the service, he and his brothers opened a car repair shop in Baird; then a few years later, Bill began his 40+ year career in the pipeline business, beginning as a welder. His job took their family to live in 48 different states as well as South America, Europe, the Middle East and Indonesia. the Griffins returned to Texas to live in the mid-70s.
Lucille supported Bill through as many as 10 family moves per year in their early marriage, and in every location she was noted for her beautiful gardens and flowers.
In addition to loving their many family members and their cherished pets, Lucille and Bill were avid and skilled golfers, traveling to play in tournaments throughout Texas. A highlight of their lives was a round of golf at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Lucille and Bill are survived by family members, son, Rick Griffin of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Vicki Moses and son-in-law Dr. Lufkin Moses of Sweetwater; grandchildren, Teri Moses, Courtney Fortune and husband Jason and Melissa Moses of Budapest, Hungary; great-grandchildren, Mallory Rogers and husband Dustin, Meredith Riney, Max Gomez, Chase Fortune and Jaycie Fortune; and great-great-grandchildren, Alannah and Hudson Rogers. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family of friends and golfers.
Bill and Lucille were pre-deceased by their parents, Joel and Nellie South Griffin and Lily and Alfred Morton, all of Clyde. Lucille and Bill were both the last survivors of many siblings.
Family visitation will be Friday, July 15, at Bailey-Howard Funeral Home, located at 105 Oak Street in Clyde, from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16, at First Baptist Church in Clyde at 2 p.m. Interment will be private.
Honorary pallbearers and special thanks to the wonderful caregivers who were with them throughout their last years: Esperanza "Hope" Campos, Leslie Gibbs, Tammy Flores, Rosa Gonzales, Rosa Hernandez and Dorena Proudsfoot.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clyde or to Hendrick Hospice Care.