Richard Lee Griffith
1930 - 2021
Richard Lee Griffith was born on January 30, 1930, to his parents Vera and J. Lee Griffith of Tulia, TX. and passed peacefully from our world July 15, 2021.
Richard grew up in Tulia and particularly enjoyed Scouting, where he earned his Eagle Scout rating, and playing Football for the Hornets. He graduated from Tulia High School in 1947. Richard then attended Texas Tech University and then Baylor University where he graduated with a BA in Chemistry and Accounting in 1951. He later earned his MBA in Portales, NM from Eastern New Mexico University. Richard dearly loved his time at Baylor and later at ENMU and remained an ardent supporter of both Universities. During the Korean War, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force as an Atomic Weapons Officer assigned to the Strategic Air Command in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He also served on various committees supporting Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM. Richard's business career was extensive and varied, as were his personal interests.
He founded, invested and managed several retailing and agricultural related businesses. He expanded his Father's grocery business to Portales, NM when Food Town was opened in the Sands Center by Richard and the late Walter "Cotton" Clark. Richard moved with his family from Tulia to Portales in 1965. Richard served on the board of Affiliated Foods and Affiliated Finance in Amarillo, TX. He was a founder of North Plains Compress in Tulia and AVC Veterinary Supplies, which had several locations in Texas and New Mexico. He was also a partner in the Lovington, NM Livestock Auction Barn, and Founded SOS Waste Disposal, Inc. which thrives today in Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He also enjoyed farming, and he managed farms in both Tulia and Hart, TX. Richard served as President of The South Plains Commodities Association of Plainview and Dimmit, and as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Portales, in addition to serving in numerous other Service and Professional organizations. The Boy Scouts remained a favorite organization of Richard's and he served as Scout Master along with J.R. Davis of Portales in forming a troop on North Ave I in Portales. Many of these boys had never been before exposed to Scouting before this time. One of Richard's loves was serving as a Volunteer Executive with the International Executive Service Corps of Washington, DC. This organization sends executives to assist Lesser Developed Companies in their quest for Capitalism and free markets. He completed ten assignments abroad in different parts of the world. Richard also sponsored and assisted many foreign students attending college here in the United States at both ENMU and Texas Tech University. Richard loved nature and was a superb outdoorsman. He took to heart Scouting's creed of "Try to leave this world a little better than you found it" and to "Say YES to Life" He did! Richard chose to live a full, energetic and happy life, for which we are all grateful.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Vera and J Lee Griffith; and his brother, Paul Griffith.
Richard is survived by his wife, Gilley; son, Bradford Lee Griffith; daughters, Brooke Husid her husband Doug, Cassie Bledsoe her husband Gene; sister, Carolyn Blackburn Dowlen her husband Stuart; and Mrs. Paul (Judy) Griffith.
Any remembrances should be directed to the Gordon Treadaway Scholarship fund at Texas Tech University or to Meals on Wheels. Private Family Services were held in Lubbock, TX.
Published by Eastern New Mexico News from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2021.
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