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Garland Mitchell Griggs


1927 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Long time Tucumcari NM resident, Garland Mitchell Griggs, age 83, passed suddenly on May 24, 2011, in Albuquerque, NM.
Garland was born October 3, 1927, to George and May Mitchell Griggs in House, NM. He attended and graduated from House High School in 1946. He served his country in the US Army during WWII. He married Bettie Sue Mills on December 16, 1948, in Clovis, NM. They have made their home in Tucumcari since 1951.
He worked many jobs before going to work for the US Postal Service where he retired after 33 years of service. He then worked for the Godstar Mail Service, retiring at the age of 80. Throughout the years he operated a pig farm, poultry farm and was well know in Quay County for his green chili.
Surviving Garland is his wife Sue of Tucumcari. One daughter Beverly Jones and husband Johnny of Clovis, NM. Four sons: Garland Griggs and wife Karen of Farmington, NM, Eddy Griggs and wife Lisa, Phillip Griggs and wife Theresa, Desmond Griggs and wife Linda, all of Tucumcari. 19 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren. One sister Serena Goar, two brothers, Bobby Mead and Cary Griggs. He was preceded in death by his parents, by his step mother Lillie Griggs and an infant sister Jetta Griggs.
Services celebrating his life will be conducted on Friday May 27, 2011, at 2:30PM in the First Baptist Church of Tucumcari. Internment will follow in the family plot of the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. His grand daughters will serve as pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers will be his grandsons and close family and friends. The family suggests for those who wish, donations may be made to the Gideons or the Portales Baptist Children's Home.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home, Tucumcari, NM, 575-461-3815.
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