John R. Griffin

John R. Griffin, 86, of China Spring, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Funeral Services: 2PM, Monday, April 20th at Ridin’ High Cowboy Church in China Spring with Rev. Mark Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at Rosemound Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 to 8 PM, Sunday, April 19th, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco.

John Richard Griffin was born November 10, 1928 in Mart to John B. and Mattie E. (Welch) Griffin. In 1948 he married Jean Emery and together they had five children. John served in the military service as a part of the Texas State Guard. For the majority of his working life, John was Manager of Gibson’s Retail Store at Eastgate in Bellmead. He also had several other business ventures along the way. He was a gifted musician. He loved his music and his animals. He was passionate about his Cherokee Indian heritage. John was a faithful member of Ridin’ High Cowboy Church and had a passion for the Lord Jesus Christ as well as his loving family. He was also a member of Texas Cherokee Nation.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 66 years, Jean (Emery) Griffin; five sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include his children, Glen Griffin and wife, Jan of China Spring, Lynn Griffin and wife, Linda of China Spring, Janice Pelton and husband, Harold of Bellmead, Joyce Epps and husband, Robert of West, and Mark Griffin and wife, Dahna of China Spring; numerous grandchildren; and brother, Rubin Clyde Griffin of Louisiana.

Pallbearers will be John’s grandsons, Randy Griffin, Darrell Griffin, J.W. Whitaker, Robert Pustejovsky, Jr., Dustin Pustejovsky, Clint Griffin and Timothy Griffin. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry LeMay and Glenn Glass.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Nikki Mann of Bluebonnet Hospice, the staff at Jeffrey Place Nursing Center, and the Ridin’ High Cowboy Church family.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Contact Information:
Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco 76708, United States (US) - Phone: (254) 752-5900

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Condolence Messages

  1. Glen & Deidra Kroll

    Mark, Dahna, & family,
    Glen & I fell in love with John the minute we started coming to Ridin’ High. He was such a man of faith and it showed in the way he interacted with people. We will remember the many many times (no matter how he was feeling) that he asked about one of our children. Each time we saw him he never failed to tell us that he was praying for us and our family. He was a sweet precious man that is now complete. May God’s presence and peace bring many smiles and much laughter to each of you as you remember a great man. Many blessings and much love to each of you.

  2. So sorry for yall s loss John will be truly missed.Clint has also loved to hear his paw paws stories and loves his Cherokee background. John go rest with Jean yall will forever be in our hearts.

  3. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your many treasured memories and in the loving support of God and family. Psalm 55:22

  4. Extending my condolences to Janice and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.

  5. I am so thankful that I had the privilege of knowing John & Jean Griffin. Both of their lives were testaments of Gods grace and love.
    I believe that they are together again in the Garden of heaven better known as paradise.

  6. so for the loss of your father

  7. We were North 9th St. neighborhood playmates and school classmates. I remember the start of the John and Jean romance which has now been rekindled in a better place. They are old friends long remembered!

  8. Lee and I are so sorry for your loss. May God be with each of you.

  9. Joyce Myers, Liberty, Tennessee

    Pastor Mark & Dahna, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your father Pastor Mark. When I visited Edna in the fall of 2012, it was my delight to meet your dad and visit with him a little bit that one Sunday when you had dinner on the grounds. Yes, he indeed was proud of his Indian heritage, and I truly enjoyed his stories that day. I, too, have lost both of my parents now since moving from Gholson to Tennessee; and although they are in heaven, I still miss them so very much. I pray for your comfort in days ahead. We know that God is so very faithful to us as we trust Him in all things. Blessings, Joyce Myers

  10. Marita Thompson & Family

    All of us share your grief. Uncle John Thank you, for being our Uncle!

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