James Ray Griffin, 80, of Rocky Point passed from his earthly life on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
He was born February 7, 1937 in Pender County, the son of the late Walter Ray and Amanda Elizabeth Harts Griffin.
James leaves behind his beloved family; his wife of 53 years, Betty Ann Cook Griffin; daughter, Teresa Griffin; son; James Griffin, Jr.; brother, Walter Griffin and his wife, Faye; sisters-in-law, Ruby Krockman, Gayle Cook and Pat Cook; and many extended family and friends.
James was a graduate of Long Creek Grady High School Class of 1956. Through the years he continued friendships with classmates and always enjoyed class reunions.
He spent 50 years of service with United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry. James was noted widely for his expertise as a pipefitter and was often called on to do special and difficult jobs. James also served honorably in the US Army.
Most important in James’ life was his family that he loved so dearly and took such good care of. Beyond his family, James enjoyed spending breakfast-time with his Hardee buddies in Rocky Point and Wilmington. Being a lover of the outdoors and all of God’s bountiful nature, James enjoyed hunting. The passing of James leaves an empty place in his home and in our hearts.
The family will receive friends 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Funeral service will be Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel. Burial will follow in Riley’s Creek Memorial Cemetery.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
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Ann, I am so sorry to hear about James Ray passing. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. I know he will be greatly missed in your family and the neighborhood.
Sincerely, Phyllis Futch
Submitted by Phyllis Futch on Oct 3 2017 12:36:30 PM
We were sorry to hear about James’ passing. He was so full of life and vigor. He was a good man. He will be missed. We give our deepest sympathies and condolences to his wonderful wife and his children James Jr. and Teresa and the entire family. May God bless you all.
Submitted by John and Paul Staitz on Oct 1 2017 05:03:17 PM
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Having great memories of James at the Tasty Pig and helping after my father passed he taught me to hunt and talked to me during those times. I have and will always have good memories of James Ray and will keep the family in my prayers
Submitted by Tommy L Shepard on Sep 30 2017 10:27:04 AM
Memories are all we have and they are good ones. You All will be in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless and keep you. Hulbert Shepard
Submitted by Hulbert Shepard on Sep 29 2017 11:55:09 PM
Teresa I am so sorry for your lost I will be praying for you and your family
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