Mildred Griffin

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Mildred J. Griffin, wife of the late Command Sergeant Major, Carroll J. "Jack" Griffin, passed away peacefully September 11, 2017, following a long and gallant battle with Dementia, she was 87.

Raised in South Georgia near Valdosta, Mildred and CSM Griffin were married in 1951 while he was on leave from his post with the 26th Division in Berlin. Mildred became the consummate military wife, joining her husband in Germany and then settling outside of Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia, with assignments that took them to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Ft. Jackson, South Carolina; Wurzburg, Germany; and Ft. Riley, Kansas, over almost twenty five years of military service.

While her husband assumed his leadership role as Division Command Sergeant Major of the Army's First Division during the Vietnam War, Mildred was one of many wives who joined Julia Moore in forming "The Waiting Wives" at Ft. Benning in 1965 which was documented in the 2002 movie "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson. In the fall of 1966, Mildred led a statewide effort in Georgia to fly American flags statewide to show support for service members serving in Vietnam and after the Griffin's were transferred to Ft. Riley, Kansas in 1969, Mildred set up the Waiting Wives there and for her efforts there and at Ft. Benning was named the Army Wife of the Year in 1969.

In addition to her efforts as an Army wife, Mildred served in various roles with both the PTA and Boosters Clubs at James B. Key Elementary, Baker High School, Westside High School, and Southwest High School in Macon where she was the Macon-Bibb County Parent of the Year in 1982. She was employed by A-1 Answerphone and was an active member of her beloved Sunday School class at Abilene Baptist Church.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Julia Odom, her brother Bobby Odom, as well as her husband of 41 years Jack. She is survived by her sister Polly Griner, brother Sonny Odom (wife Betty Fay), brother Wesley Odom, and her three sons: Carroll J. Griffin, Jr. "Rusty" (wife Julie) of Augusta; Stephen O. Griffin "Steve" (wife Sheila) of Evans; and, Randall E. Griffin "Randy" (wife Laurie) as well as six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at the Chapel of Thomas Poteet and Sons Funeral Home in Martinez with the Reverend Terry Doss Officiating. Burial will be at Westover Memorial Park in Augusta. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at


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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 13, 2017
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