Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM
Russell Colonial Chapel, St. Clair, MO
Park Lawn Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
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Carl Adrian Griffin, known to some of his family as Adrian, and to most as Choke, of St. Clair. MO, departed this life in Sullivan, MO on March 1, 2010, having reached the age of seventy-nine years, four months and three days. Carl was born in Doniphan, MO on October 26, 1930, son of Joseph Eugene Griffin and Ethel Griffin nee Edwards. On August 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean Rudolph and two daughters came to bless this union.
Carl is survived by his daughters, Karlynn Hendrix and husband, Mark, of Sullivan and Janet Boyer of St. Clair; by six grandchildren, Dale Garris and campanion, Alishea, of Sullivan, Michael Garris and companion, Tiffany, of Wildwood, MO, Karrie Garris of Branson, MO, Eddie Boyer, Jr. and companion, Debbie, of St. Clair, Carl Boyer and wife, Marrissa, of St. Clair and Jennifer Pope and husband, David, of Union, MO; by two sisters, Imogene Nicholas of Okanogan, WA and Fern Ingalls of Portland, OR; by eleven great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ethel Griffin; by his wife, Dorothy Griffin; by his son-in-law, Eddie Boyer, Sr.; by six brothers, Theodore, Lester, Sam, Joe, Rex and Paul Griffin; and by two sisters, Opal King and Grace Bristo.
Carl was a Christian and had attended Church of Christ in his younger years. During his working years, he was employed at Baldor Electric Company in Fenton, MO as a drill press operator, retiring in 1992 after thirty-five years of employment. Carl was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed many outdoor activities. Hunting, fishing and riding 4-wheelers were favorite pastimes. He loved to garden and landscape and for many years, operated his own landscaping business that he did on weekends and evenings. His family was his pride and joy and he cherished the time they shared.
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Floyd Dean Starks officiating. Interment was in Park Lawn Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.