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James LaMar Griffin

March 1, 1955 ~ September 2, 2019 (age 64)

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Chaplain (COL-Ret) James LaMar Griffin, US Army, 64, husband of Dixie Cain Griffin, died Monday, September 2, 2019. Born in Langdale, AL, he was the son of the late Tommy Frank Griffin and Frances Blackmon Griffin.  LaMar retired after serving in the US Army for 30 years as a Chaplain and was a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens, GA.  In addition to his wife Dixie, he is survived by three children: Bethany (Brooks) Keisler of Warner Robins, GA, Erin (Josh) Keel of Statesboro, GA, and Zach (Hallie) Griffin of New York City, NY; brother: Chris (Ella) Griffin of Kennesaw, GA; six grandchildren: Anna Brooke, Emma Kate, and Knox Keisler and Jackson, Molly, and Caroline Keel.

He loved the Lord, and shared his love through his service in the Army. His service took him around the world, where he loved visiting battlefields, and exploring with his family.  His commitment and love to his family and friends was unending, and everyone who crossed paths with him was better for it. 

A memorial service celebrating LaMar’s life will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11AM at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Day Chapel, Athens, GA with The Rev. Daniel Adkinson and Chaplain (COL-Ret) William ‘Whiz’ Broome officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at: 

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Watkinsville, GA, is in charge of arrangements. 


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Memorial Service
September 6, 2019

11:00 AM
Day Chapel at Botanical Gardens
2450 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605

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