Robert continued to serve as deacon and his service helped guide various ministries until he was named Deacon Emeritus on his birthday, Oct. 27, 2013.
Robert was a renowned Sunday School Superintendent, expert coffee maker, perpetual dishwasher and general servant of those in need.
Robert passed away on Dec. 15, 2013, at Rice Medical Center.
He is survived by his children, daughter Robbin Clipson of Eagle Lake, and son Robert Jr. “Bob” of Powder Springs, Ga.; grandchildren, J'Amy Dingler and her husband Lance of Pappilon, Neb., Shea McClanahan-Lavers and her husband Tom of Geneva, Switzerland, Griff Clipson of Austin, Talitha Rapoport and her husband Jeff of Canton, Ga, Jordann and Lindsey Griffith, also of Canton, and Gattlin Griffith of Atlanta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Addie Kate and Hayes Dingler, Alice Grace Lavers and Caidenn Griffith.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, KC and Mattie Griffith of Palestine; wife, Maxine T. Griffith; brother, Jack Griffith of Palestine; sister, Pauline Mehaffey of Rockdale; and brother-in-law, Ed Wilson of Palestine.
Graveside service for Robert Griffith was held Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Roselawn Cemetery in Palestine.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 from First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.
Pallbearers were Griff and Richard Clipson, Frank Griffith, Jordann Griffith, Kathie Hartzog, Peggy MeHaffey, Char and Stu Weinstein.
Honorary pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and Guy Hemphill.
Final arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made in his memory to the Salvation Army.