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William Taylor Griffin – February 3, 2018

William Taylor Griffin, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on February 3, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Howard Griffin, pastor, officiating. Private burial will be held in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bill was born December 11, 1926 in Slaton, Texas to Ruth and Hawley Griffin. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas.  He served our country in the Navy during WWII.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from SMU and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.  He moved to Amarillo in 1952.  Bill was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church.  He was married to Nita Johnson on September 11, 1962.
For many years, Bill owned and operated Western Sand and Gravel Co. He loved spending time with his family on trips or in Colorado.  He taught many of them to enjoy his passions, snow skiing and fly fishing, leading many “well attended” trips to Colorado.  He was also an avid bird hunter, and loved to enjoy long marches with his friends and his bird dogs.  He loved golf with his many friends and his wife, Nita, and was actually heading to the golf course when he had his stroke.
Survivors include his wife, Nita Johnson Griffin, and children, Elaine Overton and husband, Carter, Taylor Johnson and husband, Bob, and William Griffin Jr and wife, Paige. Also his loving grandchildren, Bradley Bracewell and wife, Sarah, Laynie Bracewell, Mollie Bracewell, and Edward Bracewell, JJ Voigt and husband Josh, Allison Johnson, William Griffin III, Ginny Griffin, Joe Griffin, and great grandchildren, Eli, Luke, Jackson and Winn.
Memorials should be given to the Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St, Amarillo, TX 79101 or First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison St, Amarillo, TX 79101 or a favorite charity.


  • John and Jean Shannon Wakeman Posted February 4, 2018 11:58 am

    God bless you.

  • Michael Cunningham Posted February 6, 2018 9:33 am

    Dear Nita, my heart felt condolences, I am missing “Uncle Bill”, when Uncle Bill showed up at Ruth & my wedding to “give her away”, he made my heart swell and made our wedding! Ruth was to walk to me alone, Uncle Bill made our day. And yes Nita, he was dressed just fine for our Vermont wedding, we both have spoken about that day! We all will miss him dearly, love to you and your family at this time.
    Love, Michael Cunningham, Granville, Vermont

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