Joseph Lee Griggs Jr., age 51, passed away on February 16, 2021. Lee was born on August 9, 1969 to Joseph “Joe” Lee Griggs Sr. and Grace Ann Whitman.
A quiet man, Lee’s dependability and loyal nature were a constant. Nearly everyone that met him felt a connection, a bond, knowing that in Lee was a confidant and faithful friend. His equable, easy-going nature never let him get bothered about much, but if his passion arose to anger, it was rare; those closest to him only remember it happening once or twice, with his mother Grace putting it best that “Still waters run deep.” Layered neath his quiet exterior was another ability that was inherent to Lee: one of the driest senses of humor and proclivity for pranks ever known. He just possessed the ability to make others laugh, should they detect the humor through the flatness of his delivery. His usually undetected ardor found another home in his attendance to church as a youth, where sitting on the front row, he would often worship, to the joy of his mother, with an absolute abandon and praise to the Lord. A tremendous athlete, Lee excelled at baseball and golf, playing in the Allstars in his Little League baseball days and later in the Air Force baseball leagues. His devoted service to our country, as a member of the United States Air Force, brought him many places around the world, where he used his affinity and gift for neat, efficient organizational skills to excel at logistical warehouse planning and shipping. From Qatar to Germany, he travelled far and wide developing lasting friendships and investing himself into his duties, always doing his best. After nearly 22 years and achieving the rank of MSGT, he retired home, where he put his skills to use in a follow-up career as a warehouse manager and shift coordinator. The proudest accomplishment of his life, and his greatest treasure, was the birth of his daughter Kaylee; she was his jewel. Lee’s inability to bar others from his heart, his pride in all that he did, and his unceasing love for his precious family and friends, will forever be remembered by those he touched and stood by during his time on this earth. Though a 6’3” height made him tower over most, his character, defined by kindness and faithfulness, is what made the true spire, his heart, leave a legacy that will be forever remembered and cherished.
Left to honor his memory is his beloved daughter, Kaylee Grace Griggs; mother, Grace Ann Whitman Stanley and husband, Jasper; brother, Sidney Benjamin Griggs and wife, Sara; sister, Twyla JoAnn Griggs George and husband, Andrew; nieces, Samantha Griggs Khanal and husband, Shikchit, and Marissa Aubrey George; nephew, Benjamin Keith Griggs; grandnieces, Marley Khanal and Joon Khanal; grandnephews, Dante Khanal and Corbin Griggs; step-mother, Nancy Tidwell Bond; godchild, Jay McClarney and many additional godchildren, with many of his closest friends children being given his name; adoptive grandparents, Lawrence and Audie Williams; his US Air Force family; and a wider host of extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Preceding Lee in death is his father; paternal grandparents, Sidney Barney and Estelle Dickerson Griggs of Newton, TX; and maternal grandparents, Benjamin Whitman and Dorothy Hoosier.
Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lumberton Family Funeral Home, 766 S. Main St., Lumberton, TX 77657. Lee’s life honoring funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Parkway Life Church, 1865 FM Rd 3513, Lumberton, TX 77657, with Bro. Ralph Bertrand, Bro. Clint Sylvester, and Pastor James Pound officiating, and burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Griggs Cemetery, Newton, TX.
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