James was born on Oct. 6, 1927 in Eldorado to Edward E. and Mildred E. (Brownlow) Griffith. He attended school in Eldorado, and as a young man, he worked on the family farm. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950 until 1953. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He was wounded in Korea, almost losing his life. After his service, he worked for area farmers, driving trucks and combines during wheat harvest. He was a member of the American Legion and was of the Baptist faith.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching television, movies and sports. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews and helping others. He was regarded as a most unique character to all those who knew him.
James was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward Griffith, Jr.; and a nephew, Gail Lynn Browder.
He is survived by one sister, Mildred Deedie Browder and husband Bill of Quanah, Texas; four nieces, Cecelia Chism and husband Curtis of Vernon, Texas, Ann Cochran and husband Steve,of Duncan, Pam Webb and husband Ish of Boswell, and Jeanette Robison and husband Verlin of Boswell; three nephews, Rick Browder and wife Dinky of Cisco, Texas, Bruce Griffith and wife Lisa of Milsap, Texas, Mike Griffith and wife Pam of Tulsa; as well as a host of friends, including lifelong friend, Corky Mitchell.
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