James Griffin

Posted 5/11/20

James H. Griffin, 91 of Paris, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal. He was retired from the Secretary of State’s office.

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James Griffin

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James H. Griffin, 91 of Paris, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal. He was retired from the Secretary of State’s office.

In keeping with federal mandates, the service is limited to immediate family only. A private graveside service, with Kurt Speece officiating and military honors by American Legion Post 211, is May 14 at Edgar Cemetery. Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Griffin was born May 9, 1929, on Jefferson Street in Paris, the son of the late Howard and Lillie Parsley Griffin. He married Betty J. Drake June 30, 1950, and she preceded him in death after 69 years of marriage.

He is survived by his children, Virginia “Ginny” (Jerome) Stoeber of Bloomington and Wayne H. Griffin of Paris; his brother, Ralph (Betty Jo) Griffin and a sister, Phyllis (Russell) Brooks, all of Paris; his sisters-in-law, Norma Griffin of Paris and Betty Griffin of Casey; his grandchildren, Katie (Greg) Keller of Paris, Jennifer Stoeber of Normal, Andrew Stoeber of Chatham and Alycia (Chris) Elliott of Danville; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Russell Griffin and Phyllip Griffin; his sister, Alice Marietta; and a daughter-in-law, Vickie Griffin.

Mr. Griffin served in the U.S. Army from January 1952 to January 1954 and achieved the rank of corporal. He worked at the Blue Link Grocery when he was in high school. He also worked for the U.O. Colson Company and Horace Link Furniture store before going to work for the Secretary of State. 

He was a member of the Bell Ridge Christian Church, where he taught Sunday School, was a deacon, elder and chairman of the board. He was on the Clark-Edgar water board from its inception until June 2018, and he was a member of the Asher Community Club.

Memorial donations may be made to the Asher Community Club or Bell Ridge Christian Church.

Online condolences at www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.