Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1979

Paul Griffin Lois Shires Griffin PAUL ALLISON GRIFFIN, 56, was found deceased at his home on May 26, 2018, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX. Paul was born July 12, 1961 in Mineral Wells, TX to A.D. Griffin, Sr. & Lois Marie Shires. He grew up in Ranger and was a graduate of Ranger High School in the Class of 1979. As many young men did and still do, Paul went to work as a Roust- about. He loved being outside working with his hands, planting trees, and watching lightning storms. Paul was a very creative and intelligent man. He invented and created tools for the many projects he worked on. He was a wiz on the computer. Paul had several jobs over the years but he would tell you very quickly that the best job he ever got was the role of "Dad". When Paul received the news that he was going to be a dad, he began changing himself, preparing himself to be the best dad he could be for his child and when his only son, Garrett, was born he did just that he transformed himself and truly became the best Dad he could be. Paul would tell you that he wasn't perfect and neither were you. He didn't sugarcoat his thoughts. You always knew where you stood whether you wanted to or not. He could be fierce and hard-headed and hilariously funny and gentle. Paul had a gift for telling a story that kept you laughing and he wrote just as well. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, A.D. Sr. & Lois and a brother, Danny Griffin. Paul is survived by his beloved son, Garrett Griffin of Midland, brothers A.D. Griffin, Jr. and wife Sandra (RHS-1975) of Weatherford, Russell Griffin (RHS-1977) and wife Janice of Ranger, Biff Griffin (RHS-1987) and wife Mendy of Weatherford, sisters Trudy Griffin (RHS-1975) of Ranger, and Gilda Griffin Crawford (RHS-1976) and husband Dwaine of Ranger, and many, many adored nephews and nieces. MOTHER: LOIS MARIE SHIRES GRIFFIN was born on Oct. 30, 1932, to Jerry & Gertrude Shires. She married A.D. Griffin, Sr. in Oct. of 1952. On April 19, 2018, at 85 yrs. of age, she finished her course and went home to God, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Griffin, Sr., her parents Jerry and Gertrude Shires, her brothers and sisters Myrtle Moore, Mary Lee Bales, Garland Shires, Art Shires and Elizabeth Chancellor and one dear son who was stillborn, Danny Griffin. She is remembered today by her living sisters and brothers, Ruth Werley and husband Terry, Bettye Tidwell, Johnny Shires and wife Ida, and Zac Shires and wife Lanelle. Lois is honored this day by her six children, D. Griffin & wife Sandra of Weatherford, Trudy Griffin, Gilda Crawford and husband Dwaine, Russell Griffin and wife Janice, Paul Griffin, all of Ranger, and Biff Griffin and wife Mendy of Weatherford; ten beautiful grandchildren and their spouses (whom she loved as much as any born to her), DeeAnn Griffin & Stephen Matthews, ShaLee & Casey Willmott, John Eric & Ashley Griffin, Kandi & Dustin Sloan, Katie Crawford & Trevor Nowlin, Kelsi & Derek Schaefer, Garrett Griffin, Shelby & Cody Corder, Julie Griffin and Cassidy Griffin. She was also blessed with six, according to her, talented and amazingly intelligent great- grandchildren, Chasity Stricklin, Chloe Stricklin, Cadence Matthews, Kolbi Matthews, ShaeLynn Willmott, Andrea Marie (Andi) Corder and Laney Lois Sloan with another great-granddaughter on the way, Hazel Kay Schaefer. Lois was a preacher’s kid and a tomboy. She was a mechanic, an amazing mathematician, a truck driver and a fisherman (and maybe a bit of a race car driver). Her church rented a monster truck to give rides – she rode twice! She helped her husband provide for their family working at an electronics factory, a box factory and a sewing factory, as well as a nursing care center. If she had been born in a different time, she could have been a brain surgeon or a top notch lawyer. She was that smart. Lois loved camping in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her family. and she was competitive, nailing her young grandson with a well-thrown softball during a “friendly” game of baseball. Her teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. She kept stats on each player. She was fiercely loyal to close friends and a master at pinching pennies. Only God could tell us how much she sacrificed for others throughout her life.