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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX

OBITUARY

Gregory P. Griffith

March 3, 1971June 29, 2019
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Gregory Phillip Griffith, age 48 of Copperas Cove Texas passed away on June 29, 2019. He was born to parents, Michael Lee Griffith and Janis Gail Phillips in El Paso, Texas on March 3, 1971.

Gregory was a devoted follower of God and he served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove for 14 years. He also served our country for 12 years with the U.S. Army and worked as a Civil Engineer for 15 years working with the Corp of Engineers at Fort Hood, Texas and also in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gregory loved singing praises to Our Father in Heaven and putting puzzles together with family. He loved and trusted the LORD with his whole life. Gregory’s favorite saying was “God’s Got It.” and “It is what it is.”

He is survived by his wife of 27 years Patricia “Trish” Griffith, Parents; Mike Griffith and Janis Lutz, step parents; Marvin Lutz and Becky Griffith, brother; Jeff Griffith and his wife Sheila of Crosby Texas, sister; Lori Griffith of Destin, Florida, nephews; Cory and Nick Griffith , Nieces; Cadee , Carlee and Abigail Griffith.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, Texas with Pastor Mark Kemp Officiating. Interment will follow at Bluffton Cemetery in Tow, Texas at 2:00 PM.

  • FAMILY

  • Trish Griffith, Wife
  • Mike and Becky Griffith, Parents
  • Marvin and Janis Lutz, Parents
  • Jeff Griffith, Brother
  • Lori Griffith, Sister
  • Nieces: Carlee, Cadee,and Abigail Griffith
    Nephews: Cory and Nick Griffith

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service with Full Military Honors Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Burial To Follow Saturday, July 6, 2019

Memories

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Gregory Todd

July 6, 2019

I always enjoyed performing in the choir with Greg. I usually sat behind him at the early church service. Since we both had the same first day, we always make a bit of a joke when we greeted each other. I'll miss having that interaction, but I know he is in a better place, with no more suffering. I also know that I will see him again someday.

Lance Dutton

July 4, 2019

A truly good man was lost to us and to the state of Texas. When Christ returns with his saints, Greg will be there in full health.

Ron Harris

July 3, 2019

Despite the many health issues Greg faced over the years, he never waivered in his faith and trust in the Lord. He was prepared and ready to meet the Lord whom he loved and faithfully served. May we all face the end of life's journey the way Greg did...with a blessed assurance of the "next eternal chapter". This gentle man will be missed but not forgotten. God bless Trish and the family.

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Biography

      Gregory P. Griffith was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Gregory always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Gregory was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Gregory was born on March 3, 1971 at El Paso, Texas at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. His parents were Michael Lee Griffith and Janis Gail Lutz. Gregory was raised in College Station, Texas. Always able to express himself well, Gregory possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Gregory was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Gregory was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Gregory was raised with 2. He had a twin brother Jeff Griffith and an older sister Lori Griffith. Gregory had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Gregory showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Gregory enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He loved choir/singing: music defined Greg. He was a Choir. In his spare time he liked puzzles, woodworking, mechanics, singing, playing a hammer dulcemer. Gregory's memorable achievements included.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Gregory was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from A & M Consolidated High School in 1989. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Choir. Singing in the Choir.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Gregory. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He earned his Master's Degee in Civil Engineering. His favorite courses were Algebra & Geometry. His favorite professor was Mrs. Mayhew. Received a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and was a tutor for College Algebra & Geometry classes.

      Friends and acquaintances found Gregory an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Gregory was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Chris Redding & Matt Barnes. Later in life, he became friends with Chris Redding & Matt Barnes.

      On August 1, 1992 Gregory exchanged wedding vows with Patricia A Reesor at the Radcliff, KY @ Stithton Baptist Church of Radcliff, KY Hardin County. A good listener with an engaging personality, Gregory was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Gregory was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Gregory’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Gregory was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Gregory could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was U. S. Army soldier (4 years) Army Reserves (4 years). He was employed for U. S. Army, College student, worked for U. S. Army Corp of Engineers.

      Gregory was an U. S. Army soldier (4 years) Army Reserves (4 years). Gregory was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri;, Seoul, Korea; Ft. KNow, KY; Reserves at Bardstown, KY; Cairo, Egypt; Hondrus; El Salvador. He achieved the rank of E 5. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Gregory enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were puzzles, mechanic work, serving the Lord as a Deacon; loved singing praises to the Lord, woodworking. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Gregory was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Gregory was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for theserving the Lord as a Deacon.

      Gregory held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove since 2004. During that time, he was serving the Lord as a Deacon; signing praises to the Lord.

      Gregory was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Gregory’s favorites was Dozer, Golden Retriever. His family was rounded out by his Goliath, Ginger and Max (golden retrievers & yellow lab).

      When Gregory’s retirement finally came in November 9, 2018, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved relocating to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Hood, TX. In retirement, he found new pleasure in serving the Lord at First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove.

      Gregory passed away on June 29, 2019 at Copperas Cove, Texas. Brain Cancer. He is survived by Trish Griffith, wife; Parents: Mike & Becky Griffith, Marvin & Janis Lutz; Brother Jeff Griffith, Sister Lori Griffith, Nieces Carlee, Cadee, Abigail Griffith, Newphews Cory, Nick Griffith. Services were held at First Baptist Church Copperas Cove, TX. Gregory was laid to rest in Bluffton Cemetery Tow, TX.

      Gregory was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Gregory had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Gregory P. Griffith.