Malcolm George Griffin, 83, of Beaumont, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Malcolm was born in Somerville, TX on August 14, 1938, to Malcom Robert Griffin and Stella Louise Lovell. Malcolm was always full of energy as a young man, spending his youth playing sports like basketball and football; later in life his love of sports manifested in his deep devotion to his Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M. He graduated from Somerville High School on May 24, 1956, before going on to attend Blinn College in Brenham for a semester. Malcolm found his life-long career in his first job after graduation when he went to work for the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railway at just 19-years-old in Sommerville. He then transferred his seniority to the Silsbee/Beaumont yard where he would start as a brakeman and then advanced to a conductor and eventually yardmaster during his many years of work. While working Malcolm was devoted to the UTU Local #1957, serving many years as the Local Chairman and Vice-President of the General Chairman. He was also a Mason, a member of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce and the Optimist Club.
Malcolm found that the important things in life were family and friends, with his happiest days being when his children were born. Malcolm married Dorothy, the love of his life, on October 4, 1963, in a room of the Trinity Methodist Church and the two spent 58 years together building a family, a life, and a legendary love. Family time was important to him, and Malcolm loved to travel when able; taking many memorable vacations over the years through the Smokey Mountains to Washington D.C., through the Rocky Mountains to Yellowstone National Park, traveling the California Coast from San Francisco on south, and even a Christmas spent in the greatest place on earth- Walt Disney World. When home, Malcolm loved to spend time with those closest too him; coon hunting with Paul, maybe playing front yard basketball or football with Jeff and the neighborhood boys, seeing Gail’s and his granddaughter’s dance recitals over the years, attending the Chamber Fashion Shows, and even gambling with his friend Troy. Malcolm loved to simply be happy and share that joy with those around him. If you were doing the right thing, he would tell you “Now we’re railroading”, and he loved the moments and memories made joking and teasing with his children and grandchildren. Malcolm was the definition of a hard worker and a true family man. His legacy of faithful devotion to family, career, and the pursuit of happiness will set the example for his friends and family for years to come and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Dorothy Ann; his children, Paul Griffin and wife Maryam of Groves, Jeff Griffin and wife Juliane of Beaumont, and Gail Ann Thibodeaux of Lumberton; his grandchildren, Jonathan Richey and wife Amanda of Winnsboro, Christopher Richey of Dallas, Jeremy Griffin of San Augustine, Alexis Lee of Fannett, Kaleigh Ann Thibodeaux of Kountze, Madison Grinder and husband Bey of Illinois, Zackary Thibodeaux of Lumberton, Lauren Buckner and husband Jordan of Silsbee, Lindsay Post of Lumberton, and Julie Ann Griffin of Beaumont; his great-grandchildren, Adalynn Leger of Fannett, Bo, Garrison, and Emily Richey of Winnsboro, and Theodore Buckner of Silsbee.
Malcolm was preceded in death by his parents, Malcom Griffin and Stella Lovell; his son, Jon Keith Griffin; and his sister Fannie Mae Williams.
A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. at Lumberton Family Funeral Home, 766 S Main St. Lumberton, TX 77657.
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