Note for: Orel Guy Griffith, 19 JUL 1915 - 26 AUG 1992
Owned a produce store in Arlington, Texas.
Note for: Ruby Inez Griffith, 12 SEP 1917 -
Owned an upholstery shop in Tulsa; was married to J. T. Gorrell.
Note for: Harvie Rosalie Alice Griffith, 17 OCT 1921 - 22 DEC 1959
Died of a metastatic vulvar cancer.
Note for: Alvie Kenneth "Bricky" Griffith, 2 OCT 1923 - 23 SEP 1944
Bricky was in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II; his serial
number was #18193739. He was killed in action in Veghel, Holland during
the battle of the "Bridge Too Far" (Operation Market-Garden) while
operating a bazooka. He is said to have been run over and crushed by a
tank. Killed on 23 Sep 1944. He was initially buried in a military
cemetary in Eindhoven, Holland and his body later moved to Oklahoma and
Bricky was originally in the navy and was serving in the Pacific, in the
of Pearl Harbor. However, he was violently seasick and so was
discharged, being sent to a hospital in Mare Island, California, where he
was when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He helped take care of wounded
sailors at the hospital who had been evac'ed from Pearl Harbor, including
some from his own ship.
After leaving the navy he worked in a defense plant in Connecticut for a
while before deciding to try to get into the army and the airborne corps.
He joined the 501st of the 101st Airborne, and jumped into Normandy on
day 3 of the invasion.
(Dedicated to Bricky)
If this game of life we'd live successfully,
Emulating the teachings of the Golden Rule so true:
We should, from some of our common sports, inculcate some of their basic
Such as, "Careful--steady; watch your stance and follow through"
Well do I remember the many games of golf we played together
On Hillcrest Course where so many daisies and dandelions grew.
When my drives grew careless and I sliced in the rough,
You'd admonish, "Careful Dad--steady; watch your stance and follow
Just a few weeks ago I tried to play this same course again.
Something was lacking. I was sad and lonesome without you.
It was no use. I could not see the ball through tear dimmed eyes,
Though your spirit seemed to say, "Carry on Dad--watch your stance and
as a brave paratrooper, fighting unto death on Flanders Field,
You lived and died by those precepts, according to praises from your
Who say that, single handed, you, from your fox hole crawled and stopped
the leading tank,
As you carefully and courageously took your stance and followed through.
When, for me, this game of life is over
And that clarion call of FORE pierces the misty blue,
At the heavenly portals you may stand with the heroes of all ages
And wait and watch as I take my stance and follow through.
Composed by Guy O. Griffith
Note for: James Harvey Griffith, 19 NOV 1862 - 28 MAY 1945
Thought to have emigrated from Wales; Settled in Ironton, Ohio. He moved
Oklahoma Indian Territories in about 1904, settling at Lightning Ridge,
Ada and Roth. He chartered four boxcars and moved all his entire farm
including tools, animals, etc. He was said to be a progressive farmer
research, rotating his crops, etc.
Note for: Clyde Earl Griffith, 5 DEC 1899 - JUN 1974
Married Garnett Walby.
Note for: Arno C. Griffith, 12 MAR 1904 - 27 APR 1982
Married Gladys Garr.
Note for: Alvie Leo Griffith, 9 MAY 1902 - 21 AUG 1979
Married Glennie Burrus.
Note for: Harvey Ray Griffith, 21 MAR 1907 - 27 FEB 1989
Married Grace Palmer, and lived in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.