Funeral services for Retired SFC Jimmy Ray Griffin, 58 of Killeen, TX will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m. at Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, TX. Burial with military honors will follow the service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) at Chisolm's Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Griffin passed away May 9, 2021 in Copperas Cove, TX.
Jimmy R. Griffin was born in Ashland, Alabama, the baby boy to Willie and Annie Lee Griffin on December 30, 1962. He attended and graduated from the public school system of Ashland. Jimmy was baptized at an early age. He later met and married Valinda Lawrence on March 13, 1987.
After joining the military, Jimmy became an NCO and earned a professional Development Ribbon. He served as a cannon crew member. Dedication to service led to him being awarded an Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, and two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal. After leaving active duty, Bro. Griffin joined the Army National Guard and earned an Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, another Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal (his third award for each), six Army Reserve Components Medals, and an additional National Defense Service Medal. These are just a few of his many military accomplishments before retiring with Sergeant First Class ranking.
Bro. Jimmy was an avid watcher of golf, basketball, and football (“Roll Tide!”). He loved bowling and considered himself to be the best bowler around!
Bro. Jimmy Griffin was preceded in death by his parents; Willie and Annie Lee and two brothers, Jerry and Willie.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Valinda “Sue”; 3 daughters: Sabrina, LaToya, and Tangela; 5 grandchildren, Janece, Drevante, Deajah, LaTrajua, and Armand; 2 great-grandchildren; Jaden and Dymari; and Godson Anthony (all of TX); his sisters; Mary Ann Parker (AL), Edna Faye Welch (Paul)(AL), and Linda Williams (Spence)(FL); along with a host of family and friends.Read More