Griffin, Bobby Joe Bobby Joe Griffin passed away at home on April 29, 2013. He was born October 7, 1927 in Dallas, Texas to Joseph William and Eta Griffin. A memorial service will be held at Restland Memorial Park on May 10, 2013 at 10:00am. Bobby graduated from Garland High School in 1945. He was a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He attended Baylor University in Waco for two years, and then transferred to East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. He continued to excel in athletics throughout his college years. After graduation, he entered the army. His service included a stint as a Special Services NCO at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. There he met Hazle Drennan. They were married on August 16, 1955 and moved to Dallas. Bobby coached football, baseball, and basketball at Woodrow Wilson High School and at Bryan Adams High School, both in DISD. He also worked part time as a film grader for the Dallas Cowboys beginning in 1961. He became a fulltime scout in 1967 travelling extensively throughout the United States evaluating potential professional football players. He remained with the Cowboys until 1989. Following his time with the Cowboys, he worked for the World League of American Football as a scout with the Sacramento Surge before retiring in 1992. In 1984 Bobby was selected for the All-Time Garland Football Team, and in 1998 he was inducted into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his athletic achievements. After retiring, Bobby pursued the interests that his travelling had limited. He enjoyed spending more time with his family, playing golf, working on his hobbies, and reconnecting with his Garland High School classmates. Bobby was a dedicated family man. Bobby will be remembered for his quiet demeanor and his surprisingly dry, witty sense of humor. He is greatly, greatly missed by his loved ones, his extended family, his friends, and his former players. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Joseph William Griffin and Eta Adams Griffin, and his wife of 49 years, Hazle Lillian Griffin. He is survived by daughters Sandra Griffin of Garland and Ginger Griffin of Garland.
Published in Dallas Morning News on May 9, 2013