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Lacy J. Griffith

September 21, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
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Lacy John Griffith began his journey of life on May 9, 1931, in Arkadelphia, Ark. as the son of Richard and Roberta (Tate) Griffith. On Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, The Lord closed his eyes and granted him rest.

Lacy participated in the Korean War as a soldier in the United States Army. In June 1952, Lacy was united in holy matrimony to Dorothy Jean Penix. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at a young age. He was a dedicated member and Deacon at Bethel Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill., and Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Those left to cherish his legacy include children, John C. (Lillie) Penix, Ruthella (Emmett) Pettiway, both of Rockford, Ill., Bill (Angela) Griffith, and Charlotte Driver, both of Los Angeles, Calif., Lacy D. (Sharon) Griffith of Hot Springs, Ark., Bevelyn (Gerald) Weston and Terry (Ruthie) Griffith of Rockford, Ill.; 20 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-great grandchildren, special great-granddaughter and caregiver, Lateeae Brown of Arkadelphia Ark.; brothers Will (Venita) Griffith of Providence Forge, Va., and Joe Griffith of Brentwood, Calif., brother-in-love, Benjamin Harris of Inglewood, Calif.; sisters in love, Joy Griffith of San Pedro, CA and Ann Griffith of Joliet, IL, Cleolia Penix, Maude Penix, and Delisa Penix all of Rockford, Ill., brothers in love, Bill (Helen) Penix, Dale (Johnnie) Penix, and Eugene (Marilyn) Penix all of Rockford, Ill. And a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended families; special friend and caregiver, Gloria Hart of Arkadelphia, Ark.

The visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1600 Caddo St., Arkadelphia, Ark. The funeral will follow at noon. The burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services, Hot Springs, Ark.

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