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William Alton Griffin

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

William Alton Griffin, 89 of Norphlet, Ark., passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. 

He was born July 19, 1924, to William Albert and Mineola Moore Griffin in Hatfield, Ark.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Norphlet, working 22 years at Monsanto, and later retired from Northern Petro Chemical in Illinois, where he worked as a warehouse attendant.

He served in the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre as a medic from 1943 until 1946 of World War II.

William’s No. 1 priority was his family.

Preceding him in death are his parents; and his wife of 59 years, Margaret C. Griffin.

Survivors include his three children, Margaret Goss of Texarkana, Ark., and Bill and Ellen Griffin, and Nancy and Dennis Steele, both of Norphlet; six grandchildren, Alan and Tina Goss, and Daniel and Tina Goss, all of Bossier City, La., Shannon and Jennifer Griffin of El Dorado, Dana and Brandon Westbrook of Norphlet, Stefanie and Chris Magee of Frenchport, and Scott Steele of Morris, Ill.; two sisters, Norma McNew of Commerce, Texas, and Kathleen Gray of Hatfield, Ark.; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Young’s.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at First United Methodist Church of Norphlet, with the Rev. Heather Clawitter and Dr. J.D. Weido officiating. Burial followed at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with Military Honors under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to UCAPS, 1000 Sunset Road, El Dorado, AR 71730, or to the First United Methodist Church of Norphlet.

An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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