OBITUARY

Wayne Griffin

December 10, 1955July 11, 2018
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Funeral service for Wayne Griffin is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 AM at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX. Burial will follow in the Blue Springs Cemetery in Etoile, TX. Visitation is from 5-8 PM on Friday, July 13, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. Wayne was born on December 10, 1955 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Betty Lee and John Griffin, and died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at home, surrounded by family. Wayne grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1974. Wayne was a logging contractor for 37 years. A third generation logger, he was in the woods pulling a pulpwood hook by the age of 9. Wayne was honored to work alongside his family, and, though known to throw his hat a time or two, valued the many men that made up a crew that could haul some logs. Wayne was proud of those big yellow trucks. Wayne was voted Chapter 2 Logger of the Year in 2005, on the Texas Forestry Association Board of Directors, and past Chairman of the Texas Logging Council. Other than his family, Griffin Logging was his life. Wayne was a member of New Life Fellowship Church, and supported the Nacogdoches Youth Softball Association as sponsor, coach, and commissioner. Wayne was preceded in death by both of his parents; his son, John James “J.J.” Griffin; his brother, Billy Griffin; and his sister, Mary Griffin Hicks. Wayne is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife of 10 years, Rhonda Cook Griffin of Nacogdoches; daughters Shelby Griffin, of Brooklyn, NY; Lesley Speaker and husband, Isaac, of Woden; and Katie Adams and husband Cody of Lufkin. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren (Lillian Griffin, Hunter Speaker, Tarra Speaker, Magen Hendrix, Bryan Speaker, Ascher Adams) and 5 great- grandchildren (Brayden Newsom, Adriana Hendrix, Cassi Newsom, Brice Speaker, Ayden Hendrix), whose shenanigans and sweet giggles brought Grandfather tremendous joy. Wayne is also survived by his brother Jimmy Griffin, of Nacogdoches; sisters-in-law Linda and Gerald Whisenant, of Etoile; Sue and Herman Pillows, of Lufkin; Gwenda and Roy Britt, of Etoile; Brenda and Billy Whitton, of Etoile; Jean Chambers, of Etoile; Julia and Kent Henson, of Lufkin; Sherron Cook, of Etoile; brother-in-law, Elvin “Hollywood” Cook, of Etoile; uncle, Pete Mason, of Henderson; aunt, Melba Beall, of Henderson; aunt, Cleo Mason, of Diboll; and a host of nieces and nephews. He always said that he loved his big family. Wayne will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his generosity, and that twinkle in his eye. Our family is grateful to Dr. Bryan Davis and Wendy Cartlidge.

  • FAMILY

  • Wayne was preceded in death by both of his parents; his son, John James “J.J.” Griffin; his brother, Billy Griffin; and his sister, Mary Griffin Hicks.
    Wayne is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife of 10 years, Rhonda Cook Griffin of Nacogdoches; daughters Shelby Griffin, of Brooklyn, NY; Lesley Speaker and husband, Isaac, of Woden; and Katie Adams and husband Cody of Lufkin.
    He is also survived by 6 grandchildren (Lillian Griffin, Hunter Speaker, Tarra Speaker, Magen Hendrix, Bryan Speaker, Ascher Adams) and 5 great- grandchildren (Brayden Newsom, Adriana Hendrix, Cassi Newsom, Brice Speaker, Ayden Hendrix), whose shenanigans and sweet giggles brought Grandfather tremendous joy.
    Wayne is also survived by his brother Jimmy Griffin, of Nacogdoches; sisters-in-law Linda and Gerald Whisenant, of Etoile; Sue and Herman Pillows, of Lufkin; Gwenda and Roy Britt, of Etoile; Brenda and Billy Whitton, of Etoile; Jean Chambers, of Etoile; Julia and Kent Henson, of Lufkin; Sherron Cook, of Etoile; brother-in-law, Elvin “Hollywood” Cook, of Etoile; uncle, Pete Mason, of Henderson; aunt, Melba Beall, of Henderson; aunt, Cleo Mason, of Diboll; and a host of nieces and nephews. He always said that he loved his big family.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Freddie Ray Cartwright, Active Pallbearer
  • Gaven Faulkner, Active Pallbearer
  • John Ed Wallace, Active Pallbearer
  • Ricky Cartwright, Active Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Swindle, Active Pallbearer
  • Edward Horton, Active Pallbearer
  • Kelvin McGraw, Active Pallbearer
  • Lawrence Ramsey, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Steven Garrett, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Rodrigues, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shad Lout, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Adam Nerren, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Johnny Stanley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elvin "Hollywood" Cook, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lloyd Gillespie, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Wayne Griffin

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Sandy Clifton Johnson

July 14, 2018

Wayne lived across the street from me in Nacogdoches and we had also been high school classmates. One summer day, I was using a friend's lawn tractor and looked up to see Wayne crossing the street, laughing and shaking his head. I stopped the mower to talk to him and he reached in front of me, flipped a lever, and shook his head. I had neglected to lower the blade, which he could tell from across the street. I'll always remember his sense of humor, his laughter, and smile when I remember that day. RIP, dear friend.

Dan Hafner

July 13, 2018

I didn’t see Wayne often anymore but thought of him often. He was a good man. I will miss him. Prayers for the family. Rhonda you will remember Wayne and my last conversation in Kroger. We never made it anywhere.

DONNA WALKER

July 13, 2018

CONTINUED THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY, WAYNE WAS A PRECIOUS MAN AND HE WILL BE MISSED.
DONNA WALKER
RUSH TRUCK CENTER, LUFKIN

Michael Ramsey

July 13, 2018

I have known Wayne since I was 12 when my Dad opened A1 Advantage in Nacogdoches. I can still hear him sitting on the stool in front of the counter drinking a Dr Pepper telling some wild story about his life adventures. Will miss him greatly.

Debbie Hetrick

July 12, 2018

I met Wayne when he was about 17, and I was about 12! He would go to the drag races to watch my daddy , Hayes Adkison race! We became good friends,and its lasted all these years! He was also great friends with my parents and my brother, we just kind of adopted him as a member of our family! Wayne was the best big brother a girl could have! He even got me and my husband together! I'm going to miss him tremendously! I'll always love you big brother, and I'll see you again one day!! RIP!!!

Jan Barton

July 12, 2018

Wayne and I met in 6th grade and I cherish our school days memories, as well as those made in more recent years.
What a great guy and a delight to be around. Always smiling, teasing, being a great friend. He will be missed.

Travis Hollenshead

July 11, 2018

Wayne you will be missed! See you in heaven! Praying for your family Love,
Travis and Carrie,
"mustang sally" Hollenshead

Dena ` Byrd

July 11, 2018

Clayton, Lacy and I are shocked and saddened by this news. Wayne helped me raise my 2 teenagers when we were engaged. All these years later he still meant the world to us. We send our thoughts to Shelby and the rest of Wayne's family.
Dena Byrd
Huntsville, Texas

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Wayne was born on December 10, 1955 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Betty Lee and John Griffin, and died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.
Wayne grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1974.
Wayne was a logging contractor for 37 years. A third generation logger, he was in the woods pulling a pulpwood hook by the age of 9.
Wayne was honored to work alongside his family, and, though known to throw his hat a time or two, valued the many men that made up a crew that could haul some logs. Wayne was proud of those big yellow trucks.
Wayne was voted Chapter 2 Logger of the Year in 2005, on the Texas Forestry Association Board of Directors, and past Chairman of the Texas Logging Council. Other than his family, Griffin Logging was his life.
Wayne was a member of New Life Fellowship Church, and supported the Nacogdoches Youth Softball Association as sponsor, coach, and commissioner.
Wayne was preceded in death by both of his parents; his son, John James “J.J.” Griffin; his brother, Billy Griffin; and his sister, Mary Griffin Hicks.
Wayne is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife of 10 years, Rhonda Cook Griffin of Nacogdoches; daughters Shelby Griffin, of Brooklyn, NY; Lesley Speaker and husband, Isaac, of Woden; and Katie Adams and husband Cody of Lufkin.
He is also survived by 6 grandchildren (Lillian Griffin, Hunter Speaker, Tarra Speaker, Magen Hendrix, Bryan Speaker, Ascher Adams) and 5 great- grandchildren (Brayden Newsom, Adriana Hendrix, Cassi Newsom, Brice Speaker, Ayden Hendrix), whose shenanigans and sweet giggles brought Grandfather tremendous joy.
Wayne is also survived by his brother Jimmy Griffin, of Nacogdoches; sisters-in-law Linda and Gerald Whisenant, of Etoile; Sue and Herman Pillows, of Lufkin; Gwenda and Roy Britt, of Etoile; Brenda and Billy Whitton, of Etoile; Jean Chambers, of Etoile; Julia and Kent Henson, of Lufkin; Sherron Cook, of Etoile; brother-in-law, Elvin “Hollywood” Cook, of Etoile; uncle, Pete Mason, of Henderson; aunt, Melba Beall, of Henderson; aunt, Cleo Mason, of Diboll; and a host of nieces and nephews. He always said that he loved his big family.
Wayne will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his generosity, and that twinkle in his eye.
Our family is grateful to Dr. Bryan Davis and Wendy Cartlidge.