OBITUARY

Jerry Lynn Griffin

December 10, 1944March 29, 2021
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Jerry Lynn Griffin passed away at the age of 76 on March 29, 2021. To know Jerry was to love him. He was a straight-shooter but kept you laughing and was the kindest and most generous of heart.

Jerry grew up in Dallas, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963 where he earned all-city football and baseball honors. He went on to play football at SMU graduating in 1967. He helped the Mustangs win the Southwest Conference in1966 and was named all-Southwest Conference heading into the Cotton Bowl. Jerry always looked forward to football season and attending SMU home games. He then played 7 seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears, but the Canadian League paid more at that time! He started working in the off-season selling cars for Carl Sewell in 1971.

He did that for 40 more years before he retired as the General Manager of Sewell Lexus in January of 2011. Jerry was a legend at Sewell, after spending 32 years at the Cadillac store and 8 years at Lexus, setting sales records all along the way, including being the number one Cadillac salesman in the country in 1976. He would always run into people he knew when you were out with him. He would tell you their names followed by what years, make and model cars they had bought from him.

He married his high school sweetheart, Ann Peterson, in 1982, taking on a wife, two very lucky young girls and a dog, and forever altering his 37 years of bachelorhood. In retirement ,Jerry loved spending time at Cedar Creek Lake with Joanie and his grandkids, feeding whatever neighborhood dog, cat or other wildlife that ventured his way.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Ann Peterson Griffin and his brother, John Edgar Clark. He is survived by and forever carried in the hearts of his sweetheart Joan Holton; his brother, Reed Griffin (Joanna); his sister-in-law, Charlotte Clark; his daughters, Lisa Becker Milliken (Scott) and Janie Becker Hodges (Dave); and 4 grandchildren, Grace and Colin Milliken and Hudson and Harrison Hodges.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Sanctuary of Highland Park United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 8th, at 3:30 pm, with valet services provided on Bishop Boulevard. COVID restrictions will be in place for distancing, capacity limits and masks. There is a livestream of the service available at https://online.brushfire.com/hpumc/funeral/ . In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mustang Athletic Fund at giving.smu.edu (214.768.3739) or gifts@smu.edu or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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hunter oates

April 9, 2021

Beechnut chewing tobacco. I couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old when Sewell was at the NE corner of Preston Rd. and Mockingbird Ln. I was curious about what was in your mouth. You gave me some, I chewed it up and swallowed it! I remember running to the water fountain and then recycling it on the ground nearby. I didn't think it was so funny at the time but you and everyone else got a great laugh. Now I can't think about it without chuckling! You sold a lot of Cadillacs and Lexuses to my family over the years. Your humor and good heartedness always made everybody in your presence feel warm and welcome. Sorry we couldn't attend the service because of covid. RIP our friend, and I look forward to seeing you again someday.

Hunter Oates and the Oates family

Sandy Feinberg

April 7, 2021

Geez...your gonna be missed at our Christmas party...if we ever get to have another. You and Joanie were always an asset when you were there. Classed up the place....
I will truly miss your smile, humor and "sold any houses lately, Sandy???" That was always his first question.... It was wonderful having your friendship all these years. It's been a few. You are leaving a void in this world because you made such a wonderful impact...
Many hugs and love,
Sandy

Richard Brooks

April 6, 2021

We have bought many cars from Jerry through the years and watched him pencil in the numbers on the little yellow legal pad.
We always enjoyed visiting with him and he will be missed.

Judy and Richard Brooks

“Uncle Bergy” and “Aunt Susan” Bergstrom

April 6, 2021

Knew Jerry in high school, at SMU, and worked with him at Sewell Cadillac. He introduced me to my wife Susan and was instrumental in us moving to Hawaii. We vacationed with “Uncle Jerry” and “Pete” and watched Lisa and Janie grow up. He greatly impacted our lives and his passing marks a profoundly sad time in our lives. We loved our “Uncle Jerry”.

Brad Reid

April 5, 2021

It was '78 at the old dealership. John Sewell, Carl's cousin and General Mgr., mistakenly ordered a green DeVille with a blue leather interior. Tough to sell! John offered a large bonus to anyone who could sell it, get his head out of the trap. Jerry had detail man, Rock Barker, roll it in to the tiny showroom, the mis-colored car facing Jerry's tiny corner office. Jerry called a certain customer, he showed up that night, and bought the car! We all asked Jerry how he had done it. He replied "I show him other cars on the lot, yes . . . but he always buys the one on the showroom floor under the lights!" He was the greatest salesman most of us would ever know. Brad Reid

Kathleen and Jay Beck

April 2, 2021

The best next door neighbor anyone could ask for. He was always there for us and our kids for the 20+ years we’ve known him. You will always have a special place in our hearts.



John M. Stone

April 2, 2021

Through the years, my wife and I negotiated several auto purchases and leases with Jerry . He always used a paper pad and pencil, with occasional reference to an adding machine, never a financial calculator! He was an expert. We appreciated his friendship and knowledge of how to put us in a ride we could drive with pride. We will miss him.

ROBERT WHITE

April 1, 2021

Jerry was one of the best! I remember sitting in his office at Sewell Cadillac complaining I was not making enough. He told me to keep grinding and hustle more often and stay busy it will pay off. 25 years later I can truly say it has! I thank God for allowing our paths to cross. May the same God grant peace and comfort to the Griffin family during this time...

Lenora Smith

April 1, 2021

I am hearted broken at the loss of Jerry. He will be missed. A great man.

Robert Faust

April 1, 2021

Jerry
Sold me numerous cars and always treated me fairly
Never heard him speak ill of anyone
A loyal SMU booster
Great GUY!!
Bob Faust

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