Odell Albert Griggs Sr.

Odell Griggs Sr.

 For 86 years, Odell watched the sun rise in the morning and set at the end of the day, only to rise again the next morning. He looked around at flowers blooming in the spring and sleeping in the fall, only to burst forth from the earth again after the cold harshness of winter’s touch has gone. He has seen children awaken and observed the elders fall asleep. He has marveled contemplatively at how we each have an appointed time to come and our appointed time to leave.

In Forest City, Arkansas on August 4, 1932 marked the birth of a wonderful son. He would grow into a remark-able man who would influence three generations and all those he came into contact with. Odell Albert Griggs Sr. was born to late Junior Albert Griggs and the late Ruby Dent Hamilton. He was raised in a Christian home, his early spiritual journey was nourished and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. While he was still young his family moved to St. Louis, Mo. Odell was educated in the St. Louis school system.

He later joined the United States Army, giving valiant service during the Korean War. Upon his return, he met and married his beautiful wife, Fannie Maude King Griggs. To this union were born four children, Debra A. Griggs-White, Odell A. Griggs Jr, Freeman A. Griggs and Steven A. Griggs (deceased). They made their home in Painesville, Ohio.

Odell completed his collegiate education through numerous colleges and technical schools enabling him to equip himself for the work arena in the Petro Chemical Industry. He worked for Diamond Shamrock in Painesville until the spring of 1977. He was promoted and transferred to the new Diamond Shamrock Plant in Houston, Texas. He continued to give diligent service as a Shift Superintendent in Deer Park, TX where he retired decades later. Not allowing any grass to grow under his feet during retirement he started his 2nd career managing Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurants.

Odell loved martial arts, advancing to become a 7th degree black belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do, known as “Texas Slim”, receiving numerous awards and recognitions. He also became a sought out instructor in martial arts. He loved traveling in his motor home and bringing his grandchildren down south to visit relatives. Being an enthusi-astic sportsman, Odell enjoyed bowling, and watching football. He also enjoyed playing chest and fishing.

Odell was a man of great stature, known for his infectious smile, hearty life, and great storytelling. He will most certainly be missed by family and friends alike, as he never met a stranger!

Odell was also blessed with several brothers and sisters, Katherine (William) Griggs Colbert (deceased) – were thick as thieves, Ralph (Rosie) Griggs, Alvah Griggs-Washington (deceased), Terry (Ann) Griggs, Deborah Franklin, Merlin (Cathy) Griggs (deceased), Sheila (Warren) Griggs-Lacy and Courtland Davis. Odell loved his family, nieces and nephews, but most especially his grandchildren and great – grandchildren.

Odell loved life and lived life vibrantly. We will rehearse every story told and cherish every memory made. Odell departed this life on Tuesday, December 19, 2018 with his loving wife and children at his side.

There will be a public visitation held on December 29, 2018 at Carnes Funeral Home at 11am with  a service to begin at 12pm.  There is a burial to follow at Forest {ark East in Webster, Texas.