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Brooks Griffin, M.D.


On Saturday, June 22, James Brooks Griffin, M.D. went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brooks was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend, and compassionate physician to countless people throughout his life. He will truly be missed. He touched many lives.

Brooks was the son of Dr. James Curtis Griffin, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Eckles Griffin. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoyed a happy childhood growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Murrah High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Mississippi College. He completed Medical School at the University of Mississippi Medical School and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as Chief of Staff at River Oaks Hospital and was a long-time Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as numerous other medical societies. Brooks made his life's work bringing life into the world. As a respected and loving physician, he delivered thousands of babies over three generations of families. He brought joy to the lives of many families and truly loved each and every one of his patients.

Brooks was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Jackson and had recently joined the congregation of First Baptist Church of Madison. Through the years, Brooks served the Church in various capacities, including Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout Master, and on the foreign mission field in Africa. He loved serving the Lord, and he enjoyed sharing his faith with everyone!

Brooks was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He hunted everything! He loved fellowship with friends and family at his Farm. He had some of his happiest moments at his Farm whether it was planting food plots with his tractor, entertaining friends, or blowing up beaver dams. He participated in the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and served as a scout leader for many years. He served on the board of the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award in recognition of his exceptional character and distinguished service to scouting. Brooks was a lifetime sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and supported the National Wild Turkey Federation. He was a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation and all of our men and women in uniform.

He is survived by his best friend, his loving wife of 38 years, Cathy Griffin, of Ridgeland. He was a devoted father and father-in-law to Jayne Moorman and her husband, Andy, of Greenville, SC; Lacey Fondren and her husband, George, of Ridgeland, MS; James Griffin and his wife, Evgeniya, of Plano, TX; and John Griffin and his wife, Hannah, of College Station, TX. Brooks was the doting "Big Daddy" to his four grandchildren, Burke, Brooks, Johnny, and Ann. His favorite pastime was "spoiling them rotten"!

He is also survived by his father, Dr. James Curtis Griffin, Jr.; three siblings Bill Griffin of Jackson, Dr. Betty Griffin of Wilmington, NC, and Carol Carnell of Memphis, TN; and an aunt, Mary Jane Henley of Jackson.

To honor Brooks' memory and celebrate his life, the family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 27, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Madison, MS. Visitation will also be held at 10:00 a.m. before the service at First Baptist Church, Madison.

Memorials in honor of Brooks may be made to the Andrew Jackson Council of Boy Scouts of America; French Camp Academy, French Camp, MS; or First Baptist Church of Madison, MS Building Fund.


Published in Clarion Ledger from June 25 to June 27, 2013
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