Weatherford Democrat

Top News

May 26, 2013

A time to remember

At the age of 90, former North Side Baptist Church’s Joe Ray Griffin finally retires, and looks back on service to his country and his God

By MARTIN E. PARKER | Special to the Democrat

ROUND ROCK – Ninety years old, and April 1, 2013, was the first day of Dr. Joe Ray Griffin’s retirement.

We call him Brother Joe, for that is what he is to us, a brother in Christ. We have known Brother Joe and his wife, Hazel Dean, for many years.

It was our privilege and delight to sit down with this couple and recall the last 71 years of their service to God, country and mankind. I, Martin E. Parker and my wife, Francinn, sat down to discuss their experiences over the past 90 years. It is now our great joy to let the world know the complete dedication this couple has displayed under sometimes harsh – yet, rewarding – conditions.

For the past seven years we have tried to get them to tell their story. Understanding that they are people of humility, Francinn and I decided to “pester” them until we were finally able to spend three hours visiting with them at their kitchen table. The result of that visit must be put in print so others will know … “The Rest of the Story”!

Joe R. Griffin was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Hooks, Texas. Hazel Dean (Lester) Griffin was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Comanche, Texas. Joe was the son of a successful farmer who became a carpenter to help build oil field buildings at Ranger, Texas, during the 1920’s oil boom.

In 1928 his family moved to Brownwood, Texas, and then to Austin in 1931, during the Great Depression. Joe’s father was a contractor in Austin.

Joe attended Austin public schools – Baker Elementary, University Junior High and Austin High School.

Draft notice arrives

In the fall of 1941 Joe entered the University of Texas in Austin. He transferred to Baylor University in September 1942. In December of that same year Joe received an invitation to serve his country by means of a draft notice. He, along with some 18 million boys and girls, served Uncle Sam over the next four years. Joe told me that he found out that Pearl Harbor was NOT a lady. Like the rest of us, we soon discovered Pearl Harbor was a military base and port for the U.S. Navy.

Text Only
Top News
  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz Index 1.jpg Let's get physical

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTENSION NEWS: Take a mind vacation

    For many of us, every day has some sort of stress associated with it. Whether it is something at home or at work, it seems like there are a million things stressing us out and making us feel overwhelmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions

    Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

    April 20, 2014

  • MILLSAP MATTERS: Reunion time approaches

    MILLSAP – For many people this is the time of year that reunions are held. In that light, Millsap alumni will be enjoying their annual school reunion on Saturday, April 26.

    April 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max

    Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored

    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

    April 20, 2014

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results