Anthony Maurice Griffin
Memorial service for Anthony Maurice Griffin, 36, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 602 NW Arlington, Lawton, with the pastor, Dr. Willie B. Smith Jr., officiating. Pastor James Roberts of Slidell, La., will present the eulogy.
Anthony Maurice Griffin died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Bremerton, Wash.
Arrangements are under direction of Howard-Harris Funeral Services, Lawton.
He was born Aug. 14, 1981, the third child of retired 1st. Sgt. Felton and Odessa Griffin at Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill. He attended Nelson Preschool at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in San Antonio, and attended Park Lane Elementary School in Lawton. He attended MacArthur Junior and Senior High Schools, where he participated in sports, football, basketball and track and field, and received many accolades and awards while in school. He graduated from high school in 2000 and after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served honorably on the USS Carl Vinson for four years. He participated in deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He sailed to many countries and around the world in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As the leading force of the military campaign, the USS Carl Vinson personnel conducted 4,200 air strikes and dropped nearly 2-million pounds of ordnance on targets in Afghanistan. He was one of the many sailors who contributed to the success of that mission.
On discharge from the Navy, his awards and decorations included: The Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon-2. He often talked about his mission and how he compared the different branches of service with his brother, Derrick.
As a civilian he worked in 2005 for Puget Sounds Ship Yard and was very passionate about how and what he did as a firefighter. To his friends and family, we will surely miss his smiles and laughter, his conversation and experiences. He professed hope in Christ and was baptized in the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church under the leadership of Pastor James Roberts early in life.
Survivors include his parents, uncles and aunts, great-uncles and great-aunts, cousins, and many friends who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his two older brothers: Felton Griffin Jr. and Derrick LaShawn Griffin; his maternal and paternal grandparents: Delton Linder and Geneva Griffin, and Phil and Johnnie Mae Tolbert; and by his uncles and aunt: Ernest L. Tolbert and Jimmie L. Harris.
Visitation will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at 705 SW Ranch Oaks Blvd., in Lawton.