Edgar Clay "Red" Griffin

July 10, 1934January 6, 2021

Edgar Clay “Red” Griffin passed away on Wednesday, the 6th of January 2021, in Galveston, Texas. He was 86 years of age. He was born on the 10th of July 1934, in Daisetta, Texas, to Oscar and Myrtle Griffin in his grandmother’s home.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gay, of 35 years. He is also survived by his daughter Ginger Griffin and son Edgar Clay Griffin II; grandchildren Meagan Pawlak (Cameron), Kenneth E. New Jr., Judith Karly New, Edgar Clay Griffin III, Lillian Griffin; 5 great grandchildren; his niece, Marla Helm, and her children Carsan, Keaton, and Stephen Helm.

In high school, Red excelled in sports lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He was given a 2-year full scholarship to play basketball at Wharton Jr. College. Afterwards, he enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. During semester breaks, he would roughneck offshore. He was called a “chain man”, and amazingly he never lost a finger. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Texas in 1956. Red served in the US Army reserves, but was never activated. He played Volleyball on the Army Reserve Team helping take them to the National Championship.

Red worked for Houston Lighting and Power before starting his own company in the barge brokerage business. After closing that business, he started an inland waterways barge line, Coastal Towing, in the 1970s. Coastal Towing sold in 2000, he then started Grifco, his largest company, which was sold to a publicly traded company and he retired.

Red met the love of his life Gay, or “Cakes” as he called her (she called him “Hubs”), in the Corral Club at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 1976. After a whirlwind romance lasting 10 years, they married. They were a great match as they both loved to hunt, fish, cook, entertain and travel. Together they traveled to over 100 countries. Wing shooting was a favorite for Red & Gay. Argentina and Mexico were their favorite places to hunt. They retired in Galveston,Texas to enjoy life living on Galveston Bay. Red was a founding member of the “Thirsty Thursday Club” which began in 2008 at the Galveston Country Club and was also frequently spotted at the Artillery Club in Galveston.

Red’s longtime involvement in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo began with the International Committee in 1986. He was elected to the HLSR Board of Directors in 1991 and served 29 years. He served as Vice President from 1997-1999 and Lifetime Vice President since 2000. He also served as Chairman on the Corporate Development Committee from 2002-2006. He served on the Board of Directors of two banks, four corporations, and the Houston Big Game Fishing Club. Red became a member of the prestigious Tejas Vaqueros in 1992 and served as a Vice President for three years. When it comes to his familial title of Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Cousin, he was unparalleled. He instilled the motto of “family first” in each of them. His constant support, unwavering love and optimism guided them as well. His family held him in the highest esteem. His legacy will live on.

His friends considered him the best of friends and a skilled entrepreneur. He will truly be missed.

A private celebration of life is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 12th of January. Public and virtual attendance may be accessed by selecting the “Join Livestream” link in the service information box below.

A public reception will follow from three o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening, in the grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. For those unable to attend, livestreaming of the reception will be available below as well.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Red’s name be directed to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at; and/or the Lighthouse Charities Team at


  • Livestreamed Private Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


  • Public Memorial Reception

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


  • Reception

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Edgar Clay "Red" Griffin

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Kathlene Horton

January 17, 2021

My condolences to you all. Red was one of the best. I am grateful for his mentorship back in the Coastal Towing days. Praying for comfort.

candy carson

January 16, 2021

A wonderful man!! Will be missed by many many many, ,as everyone loved him!

i have enjoyed and passed on so many wonderful E mails...

Many inspiring,..............,. and so..... Many others came to "KNOW"
Red too!
Love from Candy ,,, Hook 'em !

steve and katherine hughes

January 13, 2021

Such a great loss for all of us here to hear of Red's passing. What a great man, role model and friend for the few years we knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gay and family in this time of loss. Much love, Steve & Katherine Hughes

Dana LeDoux-Cortez

January 12, 2021

I have such great memories of Red and learned so much from him. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. I wish Gay, Ginger, Clay, and the rest of the family my deepest condolences.

Joyce Liner

January 12, 2021

Dear Gaye. My deepest sympathy. I was shocked to hear the news of Red passing away. I first met you and him about 32 years ago. It was an honor to know him. He was such an upbeat person at all times.

Larry Kelley

January 11, 2021

Clay & Family
I am sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing.
I remember Red was 58 years old when he tied with Bobby Hunter for Outstanding Maverick – he was tough!

Years ago I was hunting doves next to Red in South Texas. It was a beautiful day, but no birds. We pulled our stools together, and had a wonderful visit, under a tree, overlooking a beautiful tank and windmill, until the South Texas sun went down.
While we were not successful in bagging doves, the lull enabled us to have a wonderful conversation about many different things. I will always remember that hunt, certainly not for the harvest of doves, but getting to know Red, and spending time with him, doing something we both enjoyed.
We will all miss him in the canyon!
Larry Kelley & Beth Kelley

Jim Windham

January 11, 2021

Dear Gay: Lela and I just want you to know that we're thinking of you. Red was a good man and a good friend and we had a lot of good times over the years. I was particularly appreciative of his leadership of the Corporate Development Committee of the HLS&R. Best wishes to you and your family. JIM

Howard Kiatta

January 10, 2021

I was blessed to have Red as a fraternity brother and a friend. He always had a smile and was a trusted friend to all. He will be greatly missed but he left a large and indelible legacy.
Farewell, Red. Thanks for your friendship, and we’ll see you down the road.
Howard Kiatta

Buck Bibb

January 10, 2021

Patty Ann and I feel blessed to have known Red these many, many years. We created special memories with he and Gay that we will always cherish. Red was simply a special person and he will be missed by many.

Mike Hudson

January 10, 2021

Prayers going out for Red and his family for healing. I was fortunate enough to get to know Red through the Tejas Vaqueros. He was one of the finest men I have ever met, I always looked forward to September where I spent a week around him for the last nine years. We lost a good one, Fly High and Rest In Peace my Brother, FFL.