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Robert (Bob) Griffiths
June 7, 1952 – May 23, 2019
Bobby, Moth, or Tiger was born in Oklahoma City, OK. His parents were Peggy and Bob Griffiths. His dad always called him Tiger.
Bob graduated from John Marshall High School in 1970. After high school he joined the Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam War. He graduated from OSU with a B.S. degree in Business. HE BLED ORANGE!!!! While he was attending college, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was honored to be the Vice President in 1977. His brothers fondly called him Moth! He treasured his time as a Phi Delt and all the guys.
Bob was an entrepreneur. He owned several businesses – Rose Furniture, Deck and Den, Guardian Warehouse and was a Furniture Representative for several different companies. He worked hard and never complained.
He was very generous with his time by coaching girls’ basketball, softball and sometimes volleyball. He volunteered for several years at the Casady concession stand, “Jimmys” which he adored doing and probably would be still doing if he hadn’t got sick. This service was important to him plus he loved assisting Casady School!
He also served as a Shriner of the India Shrine Temple! He loved all the guys in that group!
He had a passion for cooking and was really good at it. You could not pass up his mashed potatoes.
Bob was such a kind and gentle soul! He was a devoted husband and father! He married the girl of his dreams, Jodie Atkinson, in 1993. They had a daughter together, Danielle, which he cherished more than life itself.
He is survived by his wife Jodie of 26 years, daughter Danielle, sister Linda Barnes and her children, Kelly Everhart, Kristie Sullens, and many other nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and sister Mary Runion.
Memorial service will be 11:00 Friday, May 31st, 2019 at Quail Spring Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Casady School.
Ron Burkard says
Bob was a good friend & neighbor, always with a smile. Helpful too! He will be sincerely missed. Deepest condolences to Jodie, Danielle and all of his many loved ones & friends.
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Jeff Justice says
I first met “Moth” in the fall of 1976 when I became a pledge at the Phi Delta Theta house at OSU. At first glance, he was a bit intimidating due to his resemblance to a full grown grizzly bear and a look in his eye that made you wonder if you might just be his next meal. That was all calculated to keep us off balance while he decided whether or not we would be allowed to live until initiation. However, it didn’t take long for the entire pledge class to see what a caring and truly gentle soul he really was. We all loved him and appreciated the effort he put into not only getting to know us as individuals but also helping us to come together as a group of young men to accomplish our goals. Moth was one of the most unique (in a good way!) individuals I’ve ever known and I am honored to have called him a brother and a friend.
Gerald Deaton says
Bob was one of God’s best! I met Bob in the early 1990’s as the result of getting to work on the flooring in some of the rental properties.
I know that once Bob came to know The Lord Jesus as his Lord and Savior it was a life changing event in his life. I loved seeing Bob grow in his faith and knowledge of God over the years! He served God, his family and his friends in humility, faithfulness and love over the years in a wonderful way!
When Bob married Jodie it was a wonderful time in his life to be a small part of. He loved Jodie so much and made sure we all knew it! He was so proud of her and would have walked off the “end of the earth” for her. He had his own way of bragging about how beautiful she is!
I’m so grateful for Jodie and the blessing she was to Bob right up until the end. She did what was needed and loved Bob through it all.
When Danielle was born Bob was so happy! He tried to hide it at times but didn’t do that too well! Danielle fulfilled Bob’s life’s purpose in a new way. He was absolutely blessed and he knew it! He had a beautiful wife and a beautiful daughter and he was grateful and humbled before his God.
I’m so disappointed that God didn’t heal him so he could be with us longer but God’s way is best and Bob is with our risen savior!
I will miss this special man and will always regret that I didn’t get to spend more time with him while he was here with us.
Bob, we will meet you at the East Gate!
JARRETT CLEM says
Thank you for all the memories and great time! I want to believe you had influence on me and my love for OSU! I appreciate the times we had together and the many holidays at your home. I will see you on the other side. Love you and miss you.
Ron Hollingsworth says
Great times playing YMCA basketball with Bob. Never will forget his bright orange OSU shoes. I will miss him!