Hal C. Griffin

December 1, 1929February 26, 2014

Hal C. Griffin, 84, died on Wednesday, February 26 at Episcopal Church Home of Louisville. He was born December 1, 1929, a native of Hickman County, KY, the son of Henry Clay and LaVerne Threkeld Griffin. They preceded him in death as did his older sister, Jane Griffin Goldston.

Hal attended Central High School in Clinton playing basketball and working at the Hickman County Gazette. He graduated in 1947. He entered Georgetown College and transferred to University of Kentucky from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1951. During college he was active in Baptist Student Union, becoming statewide president in 1951. He later completed a Master of Arts in Political Science at UK in 1968.

He entered the Army after graduation, serving in active duty during the Korean War. His military service continued in the Army Reserve for an additional 26 years of service, achieving the rank of Colonel.

Hal’s career in public relations was spent primarily working in the Bell System for 31 years in various locations in the south including Atlanta, Birmingham and Louisville. He retired as a Public Relations Manager in 1991. He was a member of the Public Relations Society of America and a past president of the Bluegrass Chapter in Louisville. Following retirement, he volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol for seven years, helping to edit the Kentucky Wing bimonthly publication.

In every stage of life Hal was active in church work, most recently as a member at Westport Road Baptist. He served on the National Board of Directors of Ministering to Ministers and was active in Promise Keepers.

While in Office Candidate School in Fort Belvoir, VA, he met Mildred King, church secretary at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, and they married there on September 1, 1954. Their marriage lasted until her death in 1988 and produced four children who survive: Zane Griffin Creamer (Jack), of Raleigh, NC, Harris Clay Griffin (Denise) of Knoxville, TN, Wren Griffin Harrington (Jon), New York, NY, and Dawn Griffin Corley (Jeff), of Birmingham, AL.

He became reacquainted with Hickman County native and retired school teacher, Delphine Cunningham Richards at the Central High School 40th class reunion and they were married on September 30, 1989. She survives as does her son, Neil Darren Richards of Nashville, TN. Her daughter, Lane Ann Richards Miller, passed away in 2010.

Hal was a proud “PawPaw” to 11 grandchildren who survive: Troy Creamer, Cary Creamer, Mont Creamer, Hayes Griffin, Trevor Harrington, Josh Corley, Ben Corley, Grant Miller, Jessie Miller, Mackenzie Miller and Reed Miller. Five nieces and a nephew also survive.

A celebration of Hal’s life will take place on Saturday, March 1, at St Luke’s Chapel of the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road, Louisville, KY, officiated by Jon Cyrus, pastor of Prospect Baptist Church. The service will begin at 11:00 am after which the family will receive friends at a luncheon reception in the Parlor. A private burial will be held at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc.
501 Branchway Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236 or Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana 
6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.

Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village has been entrusted with arrangements.

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  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 1, 2014

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March 12, 2014

Hal was a great role model and athlete for us younger kids in HIGH SCHOOL.
oUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS for Delphine and family

Gerald Craddock Clinton, KY.

Donald J. Smith

March 7, 2014

Hal was a great friend. I enjoyed his humor and philosophy. We served together in the military and thereafter. We will miss him. May God continue to bless his family. Colonel Smith

Linda O'Nan

March 2, 2014

My sympathy to Hal's family. I worked at BellSouth in C&CA with Hal. He always had a smile, a story/joke and talked of his family often. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Rest in peace, Hal.

John Hodges Bondurant

March 1, 2014

Hal was a wonderful neighbor and friend. My sincere condolences to Dawn, Clay, Wren, Zane, and their families. Rest in heavenly peace, Hal.

March 1, 2014

Hal was a dear man. Blessings to all of his family.

Bart Grooms

Donna Liebert

March 1, 2014

I am so sorry to hear that Hal had passed away. I worked with him while subbing in the Corp and Comm Affairs Dept. Hal was a wonderful and sweet man. It was one of the jobs that I loved at Bellsouth because he was so caring. May he be at peace and rest with our heavenly father. My prayers are with your family.

Nat Tolar

March 1, 2014

Hal was a man who always enjoyed being around people and would light up a room with his smile. I worked with him for over 20 years and while I have not seen him since my relocation back to Atlanta in the early 90s, I can still see his warm smile knowing heaven will now enjoy it forever.

Bill & Jane Starr

February 28, 2014

Dear Family,
Our heartfelt sympathy over the loss of Hal, a wonderful citizen, parent, and loving friend to so many. We will always remember his gift of laughter! Blessings and love to you all,
Jane and Bill Starr

Roy McAllister

February 28, 2014

I worked with Hal years ago. He was among the most genuine, selfless and encouraging people I knew. I admired his quiet resolve and courage as he dealt with the difficulties of life. I know his children and grandchildren are proud of him. He'll be missed by all who knew him.

February 28, 2014

Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in God's eternal peace. From a grateful American.