Carl William Griffin, CSM, USA (Ret), passed away, Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Enterprise. He was 88.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 31st at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel with Rev. Rob West officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, December 30th.
He was born in Columbus, Georgia; son of Marie and Marvin G. Griffin. He enlisted in the military in 1941, serving in what was then the Army Air Corp. After attending jump school, his next assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in the European Theater during World War II at Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1945 with hostilities in Korea, he was a platoon sergeant with the Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He participated in operations in Lebanon and while there, he was selected to be one of the Army's first NCO's to earn the rank of master sergeant. He served in the Pentagon as the senior NCO for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff. In that capacity, he was also the enlisted representative to the Department of the Army staff on worldwide matters. He was one of the first selected to receive the new rank of command sergeant major and was assigned to Ft. Rucker as post command sergeant major. Following a tour in Korea where he served as the Eighth Army and U.S. Forces Korea command sergeant major, he returned to Ft. Rucker where he retired with 28 years of service. He was active in the Association of the US Army (AUSA) since inception, serving on the board of directors and continued to serve even after retirement.
His next move was to ROTC instructor at Enterprise High School for two years; and then to manager of the Chamber of Commerce for a brief period. From there he assumed the duties of City Clerk and Administrator and served the City of Enterprise for 18 years.
After all that he had time to enjoy his love of painting, finishing oil portraits for family and friends. He was always interested in fishing, family, friends, people he worked with, baseball and especially young folks he taught and those he coached in Little League. He had a light manner, always ready with a laugh. He truly cared for others. He was a good man. He was a good soldier.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Faye McClenny Griffin; Sons, Carl W. Griffin, Jr. wife Lorelle, Monmouth Beach, NJ; Timothy M. Griffin, wife Angela, Dothan, AL; Marvin L. Griffin, wife Alison, Ft. Hood, TX; Daughter, Cecilia Allan, husband Brian, Houston, TX; Grandsons, Carl E. Griffin;,wife Carrie, Monmouth Beach, NJ; Timothy P. Griffin; wife Kym, Monmouth Beach, NJ; Zachary Johnson, Houston, TX; Hunter Bridges, Dothan, AL; Benjamin J. Griffin, Ft. Hood, TX; William M. Griffin, Ft. Hood, TX; Granddaughter, Sarah Johnson, Houston, TX; Great Grandson, Carl E. Griffin, Jr., Monmouth, NJ; Great Granddaughter, Samantha Griffin, Monmouth Beach, NJ.