James G. Griffin

October 26, 1949December 31, 2018
Play Tribute Movie Play Tribute Movie

James "Jim" Gilbert Griffin was born in Edmond, Oklahoma, Oct. 26, 1949, on the birthday of his father, Dan, and sister, Christy. The son of Dan H. Griffin and Bess Avera Griffin, Jim descended from ‘89ers and early Edmond settlers, and grew up in Oklahoma City.

He died peacefully at home in Oklahoma City on December 31, 2018, at the age of 69, following extended illnesses. Mr. Griffin is survived by Ruth Orcutt Griffin, his best friend and wife of 42 years, son, James Samuel Griffin and daughter, Laura Bess Griffin, sisters, Daneille Grimes (Mrs. Gerry) of Norcross, Georgia, Christy Thomas (Mrs. Jim), and Janelle Hernandez of Tulsa, Oklahoma, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by faithful friends he kept from years past and enjoyed so much.

He graduated from Putnam City High School, attended Oklahoma State University, and served in the National Guard. In early years he worked for Griffin Drilling Company and his own drilling company, and later became co-owner of Allied Medequip and Med-Depot, a durable medical equipment company, in which his great mechanical abilities, inherited from both sides of his family, were put to use.

Jim was a kind, generous, and easy-going man, loving art, music, travel, good food and especially his family. He had a great (sly?) sense of humor and loved a good story, joke or magic trick….gifts which never faded. He could be said to be a life-long learner, with a wealth of knowledge and memory on science and other subjects.

Jim was a creative cook who could pull together a gourmet meal at an early age. He prowled estate sales in Oklahoma City, coming home with original paintings and clever art works. He learned to paint and had an artist’s eye. As a teen he played bass guitar in a band until a drilling accident injured his thumb, cutting short his career.

He traveled the states with his family while growing up and his drilling job, and later his own family spent time in the Santa Fe area where they would relax at a cabin by the Pecos River in New Mexico. He also fished with friends at Lake of the Arbuckles. New Orleans was a favorite vacation spot with Ruthie and friends.

He will be missed by many for his humor and fun-loving personality.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 10, 2019

James G. Griffin

have a memory or condolence to add?

Suzi Mack

January 6, 2019

Dear Ruthie and family,

I can’t help but smile when I think about Jim. He was always happy and telling jokes and stories. His jokes were always so funny to me because I can’t ever remember jokes. I loved it when he would start telling a joke and Ruthie and Dave would roll their eyes because they knew exactly what was coming while I’d laugh my head off again. There was never a dull moment or a lull in the conversation with Jim around. We’ve had so much fun traveling and exploring together! He will be so missed. Here’s a picture from our trip to Galveston together.

Marilyn McCary

January 6, 2019

Dear Griffins:

We are praying God's peace and grace in the days and weeks ahead. Your husband, father, brother was a lovely, delightful man. I feel blessed to have enjoyed a couple delicious, comfortable meals hosted by Jim & Ruth. Our meeting the Griffins and Fosters for dinners are some of my favorite memories. There was a special, palpable bond between Jim & Ruth, and their love of travel, food and family (not necessarily in that order) were infectious and awe-inspiring. Jim was to me a combination Mr. Mataschek (The Shop Around The Corner), Santa Claus and The Wizard of Oz... thoughtful, jovial, clever, and always a funny story or memory to share. The thought of meeting Jim & Ruthie for dinner would bring a smile to my face and bounce to my step. That's tribute enough of Jim's too-short life, in my opinion... his gift was making our days lighter with laughter and joy. The very best for me was how Jim always made my husband laugh. Not just chuckles and grins, but the big-belly-shaking laughs of good friends. We loved you, Jim, and look forward to our reunion in Heaven!

Tracy McCary

January 6, 2019

Ruth & Family,

The first time I met Jim, he asked me if I had heard this joke. After he told it, we both burst out laughing. Ever since then, every time we met, he pulled me aside to ask if I'd heard this joke or seen this trick. He didn't even have to finish for me to be laughing. I loved being around Jim and Ruth, and will miss Jim dearly. RIP James G. Griffin. You were a great friend.


Alison Foster

January 4, 2019

Jim was like an uncle to me. I loved that he always had a new joke for me whenever I saw him. I loved his Bloody Mary’s and hanging out with him around the pool. I so appreciated that he and Ruthie traveled out to Santa Barbara to enjoy my wedding with me. I have so many wonderful memories to treasure and I will really miss having him here.

Nicole C

January 4, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s promise of a resurrection where we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away and will never be separated by death again - John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3,4

P Collins

January 3, 2019

I want to offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. When we lose someone, we love, it's a void in our lives. I can tell you it's natural to feel this way. Revelation 21:3-5 promises that God will reverse the pain and loss from death we are experiencing now. I love how verse 5 states: "...these things are faithful and true." The Bible has many of God promises that we can put trust in. During this time it's good to turn to God, as Psalms 34:18 states: "He heals the brokenhearted."