Robert Lewis Griffith was born on August 24, 1922, near Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Elizabeth (Gray) Griffith and Robert Alexander Griffith. He departed this life on May 29, 2017, at the age of 94 in Mountain View, Missouri.
Bob attended school at Dewey, then high school in Thayer, Missouri. He then worked with a CCC Camp in the Kansas City, Missouri area.
Bob enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Sergeant in Headquarter’s Battery of the 459th Anti-Aircraft Artillary, which was attached to the 29th Infantry Division and at times attached to the 28th and 30th Infantry Divisions. He served as a Message Center Chief, leaving New York for England on October 22, 1943. He served in five major campaigns of the European Theater: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic Action in July 1944, and returned home on the Queen Elizabeth in 1945, later receiving an Honorable Discharge.
He was united in marriage to Betty Jean (Taylor) Griffith on January 23, 1946, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.To this union, two children were born, Gwen Sue (Griffith) Miller and Lewis Gene Griffith. Bob and Betty resided in Jonesboro, Arkansas, then moved to Thayer, Missouri, where they raised their children and lived for many years.
Bob worked for the Frisco and Burlington Northern Railroads as a Switchman, Yardmaster, Brakeman, and Conductor from October 1945 until his retirement in August 1983.
Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Gwen Sue (Griffith) Miller and his son, Lewis Gene Griffith, as well as his parents, three brothers, five sisters, two infant sister, and one great grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Taylor) Griffith, of Mountain View, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Judy Griffith of Memphis, Tennesse; son-in-law, Robert Miller of Mountain View, Missouri; granddaughter, Beth Davis and husband, Mark of Mountain View, Missouri; granddaughter, Amy Miller of Mountain View, Missouri; and two great-grandchildren, Robert Gene Davis and Janie Suzanne Davis of Mountain View, Missouri.
Bob accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was a long-time member of the Church of Christ, serving as a deacon and elder for many years. His faith was always strong and he was a great example of Christian living for many others. While Bob enjoyed fishing, farming, and was an avid Cardinals Fan, his priorities were always to his family and to serving the Lord.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Barry O’Dell officiating. Burial was in Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.