Published 11:18 am Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Alfred Albert Griffin, born Nov. 8, 1923, traveled to his heavenly home on March 12, 2016, at the age of 92.
He was a beloved husband, wonderful dad, loving pawpaw and great-grandpa and, most importantly, child of God.
His earthly family includes his wife of 66 years, Iris Patten Griffin; his son, David A. Griffin; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Brian Baughman; grandchildren, Brad and Raven Baughman and Blake and Stacey Baughman, as well as great-grandchildren, Brycen Baughman, Elizabeth Baughman and Parker Baughman. He is also survived by a sister, Charlene (Jack) LaBauve; sisters-in-law, Kaye Griffin, Charlene Stringer and Iva (James) Mize; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Josephine Griffin; five brothers, Wallace, Edgar, J.M., Arnold and Lee; and two sisters, Inez and Mary.
Alfred was born in Walthall County, Miss., and grew up in a large family. They worked as tenant farmers in his early years harvesting corn and cotton. He joined the CCC and served with them until he was called by Uncle Sam to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe.
Upon returning home, he enlisted and served 18 months in the U.S. Air Force. After marrying in 1950, he attended barber school in New Orleans, then moved to Bogalusa, working as a barber until he was hired by he Bogalusa Fire Department in 1951. He worked for more than 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1982.
During his time with the fire department and his retirement years, his “hobby” was his farm where he raised Red Devon cattle. Alfred had many talents including hand tooling leather, carpentry and excellent marksmanship with a .22 rifle, but his real love was his farm and cows.
Throughout his life in Bogalusa, Alfred was always very active in his church, Westside Emmanuel. He served for years teaching Sunday School and training Union classes as well as Deacon and then as Deacon Emeritus. He was active on committees, helped on work days and enjoyed playing on the church softball team for many years. Alfred always greeted people with his big smile, a handshake and these words “Glad you got to see me…”
He truly was a man who loved his God, his family and church, and his country and set a high standard for others to follow.
We thank the sweet staff of both Timeless Grace Assisted Living and Southern Care Hospice for their love and tender care these last days.
Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, and continued on Monday, March 14, from 10 a.m. until the services at 1:30 p.m. at Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church, with Rev Dale Oden and Rev. Marcus Rosa officiating. Interment was at Boyd Cemetery in the Salem community of Walthall County.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home has been in charge of the arrangements.
Active pallbearers were Brian Baughman, Brad Baughman, Blake Baughman, Jimmie Foil, Cartee McKenzie and Arlen Patten. The Deacons of Westside Emmanuel were honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Westside Emmanuel Memorial Fund.
To view and sign the register book online, visit pooleritchiefuneralhome.com.