Obituaries

Lacy John Griffith

Lacy John Griffith began his journey of life on May 9, 1931, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as the son of Richard and Roberta (Tate) Griffith. He was affectionately called “Bish” by his siblings.

In June of 1952, Lacy was united in holy matrimony to Dorothy Jean Penix. He was father to eight children: John C., Bill, Ruthella, Charlotte, Lacy D., Bevelyn, Porctia, and Terry.

He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at a young age. He was a dedicated member and Deacon at both Bethel Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill., and at Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. On Father’s Day, June 20, 2021, Great Pleasant Hill celebrated 90-year-old Deacon Lacy Griffith is the oldest father at Greater Pleasant Hill.

In June of 1993, Lacy retired from Rockford Products and moved back to his home state of Arkansas. Once again becoming a resident of Arkadelphia. He was an avid bid whist card player and enjoyed bowling and fishing during his leisure time.

On Monday, September 12, 2022, the Lord closed his eyes and granted him rest. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Roberta Griffith; beloved wife, Dorothy Griffith; daughter, Porctia Jenkins; and siblings, Bennie Griffen, Huie Griffith, Richard Griffith, Evelyn Moore, Fred Griffith and Lula Harris.

Those left to cherish his legacy include children, Johnny (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; brothers, Willie (Ventia) 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, Calif. and Ann Griffith of Joliet, Ill., 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, other extended families; special friend and caregiver, Gloria Hart of Arkadelphia.

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

The guest registry is at http://www.carriganmemorial.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services, 336 East Grand Hot Springs, AR.

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