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Baggerley Funeral Home

930 South Broadway, Edmond, OK

OBITUARY

Jody Millard Griffin

August 13, 1969May 18, 2020
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Jody Millard Griffin was born August 13, 1969 in Greenville, Mississippi to parents Carl and Laura (Garrett) Griffin.

He graduated from Washington High School and received a full-ride scholarship to play baseball at Mississippi State College. He spent two years there as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon before transferring to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Aviation in 1992.

His career started at L&L Flyer Service where he was an Ag Pilot. In 1995, he began his career in the military commissioning in the Navy, achieving the rank of Lieutenant before transferring into the Air Force, finishing his 20 years of service and retiring as a Major. Following his military service, he was a pilot for Federal Express, the United States Marshall Service and most recently Southwest Airlines.

Jody met the love of his life, Sheryl Larson, while stationed in Oklahoma City in 2001. They dated for five years before they married in September of 2006. Jody’s proudest moment came on April 29, 2009 when they were blessed with a beautiful son, Garrett Larson Griffin.

His greatest hobby, which was also his job, was flying. He enjoyed everything about baseball, working in the yard and of course spending quality time with Sheryl and Garrett.

Jody passed away unexpectedly on May 18, 2020, just 11 days after his father, Carl Griffin, passed. His mother, Laura (Garrett) Griffin, passed away in 1992.

Jody is survived by his wife, Sheryl; son, Garrett; sister, Carla Griffin; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Stephanie & Tom O’Keefe and Stacie & Doug Peterson; and many nephews, nieces, and other family, and friends.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 29, 2020

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Dana King

May 31, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Jody’s passing. I flew regularly with Jody while at the US Marshals Service. Jody was a great pilot and a pleasure to fly with. He always had a smile on his face and I knew It would be a good day when we flew together. I took a job with Southwest Airlines and moved from Oklahoma so I have not seen Jody in a few years, but we did talk every now and then. I enjoyed our phone conversations and solving the world’s problems much like we did in the cockpit. It is a test of my faith to wonder why the Lord chose to take Jody when he had so much still to do here. I will miss my friend. I will hold up a cold one in his honor and wish him the sun at his back and a strong tailwind on his journey.

Dana King

Chris McAlexander

May 29, 2020

Jody was my friend as long as I can remember. He literally bailed me out of trouble, and got me into trouble when we were kids. When we were young adults he was serving our country and putting his life on the line for us, while some of us "me" were still trying to find our way in the world. As an adult he was a great confidant. Someone who was always there to lend an ear and talk. His entire life he was kind, full of joy, and a true pleasure to be around. He was a steadfast friend, a loving husband, and devoted father. If we can do anything at all now to honor the friend we had in Jody it is to support the people he loved more than anything. His sister Carla who is not the only Griffin left, she has two more thanks to her brother. The love of his life Sheryl, whom he adored. He literally told me how in love with her, and happy he was in this stage of life in one of our last conversations before his death. And of course Garrett. Garrett was the apple of his eye. The sun rose and set around him for Jody. We never had a conversation where he didn't talk about his boy, and what they were doing. Garrett will need all of our love and attention as time goes by. I can't help but be selfish and angry, over not getting to grow old with Jody and enjoy his friendship for the rest of my life as I have all the days of my life so far. You were a true friend in every sense of the word. Love you, Chris Mc

Jon Scott

May 29, 2020

Jody was always willing and able to help the OKANG fulfill their military obligations! He did it with a smile and tongue-in-cheek comments that left us all smiling. May your family know you are now resting in peace Warrior.
God Bless
Jon

Al Sprenger

May 29, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear about Jody's passing. He was a great friend of mine and I remember how happy he was when he met Sheryl in 2001. We met in Pensacola in 1995 and served in training and operational commands together through 2004. He was a mentor to me and a very respected pilot. I sincerely valued his friendship and warm-hearted nature over the years. Sheryl, Garrett and family, I'm very sorry for your loss and thoughts and prayers to your family during this time.

Bruce Shelton

May 29, 2020

Shocked and saddened by the news. I flew with Jody at Southwest. Can’t say I’ve ever met a more sincerely kind hearted man. He was a true pleasure to fly with and brightened the day of anyone he came in contact with. God Speed Jody.

Iris Mitchell

May 28, 2020

I’m so sorry to read this,Carla! I was Jodie’s first grade teacher. I loved him and he loved me!

Ruth Vowell

May 28, 2020

I was so shocked and sorry to hear of Jodie's death. He was such a special young man. We were friends with his father and mother until their passing. God Bless You!

Kathy Brown-Sumpter

May 28, 2020

What I know about Jody, was that he made Sheryl very happy. It took a strong, active, curious man to marry a spitfire like our Sheryl. Then, the best thing of all happened, Garrett was born. This young man has the most beautiful, caring spirit, a beautiful blend of the best of both Sheryl and Jody. What an amazing legacy from Jody, to leave the very best of you with your son. You were taken to your heavenly home sooner than anyone would have liked. Rest, now, in the Arms of Our Lord.
Peace and Comfort Prayed for Sheryl, Garrett, and the family. I’m so very sorry for this tremendous loss.

William Keeton

May 28, 2020

I grew up with Jody! I have more memories than I can count. Jody had qualities about himself that everyone benefited from. My fondest memory of Jody would have to be when he looked me square in the eyes and told me to finish College finish my education. I never did I followed dreams instead but Jody made that mark on me and I never forgot how he said it never forgot that moment. A true friend a brother we will miss you down here Jody Griffin Rest In Peace and power old friend we have taken over the watch now until we meet again fair winds an calm sea’s brother. Continued prayers for your family and God speed

Barry Arnold

May 27, 2020

Always positive Always Happy Always a pleasure to see! He will be missed.