The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


January 18, 2014

Robert Marion Griffith

Robert Marion Griffith was born Oct. 27, 1919 to Karl Cook and Mattie Griffith in Palestine. He was the third of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Griffith.

Robert graduated from Palestine public schools in 1937, and enjoyed attending his Palestine High School class reunions until their last reunion, which was held in 2000.

Prior to serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, he worked for Guthrie Drug Store, Eilenberger's Bakery, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Woolworth Department Store. It was during his time of employment with Woolworth's that Robert met his bride of 73 years, Cora Maxine Turner of Slocum, Texas.

Robert established a reputation early on for his dependable, faithful service when he accompanied Mr. Lively, the manager of Woolworth's, throughout East Texas whenever he opened new stores. Robert would engineer the warehouse/inventory end of the business.

After the War, Robert applied his electronics training, installing and repairing jukeboxes for Ray Barnes company in East Texas.

Hunt Oil Company tranferred the family to Eagle Lake in 1953, where they made their home for the next 60 years. Soon Robert established his reputation as a public servant as he helped form church softball leagues, coached little league baseball and served as a referee in area football games until he became the voice of Eagle Lake Athletics from 1964 to 1980.

Robert served as chaplain of the Salvation Army in Eagle Lake for more than 40 years, and later as a chaplain for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Robert was the former president of civic organizations including Rotary International and Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce.

He was a faithful servant of the Lord wherever he was, ordained a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Palestine, under the Rev. Dr. D.D. Summerall. Evangelist Angel Martinez preached his ordination service.

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