December 17, 2021
Fred Griffin died on Dec. 11, 2021 at Lampasas Nursing and Rehab Center, at the age of 97.
Graveside services were held at Nix Cemetery on Dec. 15.
Fred was born Nov. 24, 1924 in Robstown to David B. and Lavinia Lovelace Griffin. He spent his early years in Calallen on the family farm. The family moved to Lampasas when Fred was still a boy, and he attended Lampasas schools and graduated from Lampasas High in 1942.
Fred and his twin brother, Ed, joined the Army Air Corps on May 21, 1943 and were deployed to the China-Burma-India theater of operations, where they served with the 346th Airdrome Squadron, 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, 10th Army Air Force. Fred was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with four bronze stars symbolizing the unit’s participation in four campaigns: China, Central Burma, India Burma and the China Offensive.
Fred returned home in January 1946 and began courting Erma Lee Williamson. They were married in 1947. They made their home in Lampasas County and raised three children.
Later in life, Fred married Annetta Ketchens, who preceded him in death. They had one daughter.
Fred was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and he worked at Fort Hood in civil service until his retirement. Fred was a member of Adamsville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Griffin, and his son, Robert “Bob” Griffin.
Survivors include his twin brother, Ed Griffin of Lampasas; daughter and son-inlaw Sandra and Jeff Poole, daughter Janice Vincent and husband Jim, all of Lampasas, and daughter Denise Ketchens of Cedar Park; granddaughter, Amy Brown and husband Shane of Lampasas; grandson, Michael Mahana and wife Angela of Frisco, and Parker Capriotti of Cedar Park; greatgrandsons Christian Mahana of Frisco, Michael January and fiance Becca Faught, and Benjamin Brown, all of Lampasas; and a great-greatgrandson, Kooper Hankins of Lampasas.
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December 17, 2021