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Rhoda Corrine Ward Griffith

Rhoda Corrine Ward Griffith
04/11/1919 — 02/11/2008

With life's experiences, one gains an appreciation for things. We should all take comfort in realizing that in Rhoda we have had the very best...the very best mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend that there is. We acknowledge that our time with her was special.

Rhoda Ward Heman Ward, Great Grandfather of Rhoda Ward came on a ship from New York to Galveston. As the small boat from the ship came in, it capsized, drowning a small child of his. He, his daughter Rhoda, and a son all survived. The Great Grandfather was a carpenter. He and his family ended up in Austin and ran a furniture shop in downtown Austin on one of the lots the current Driscoll Hotel is on. His daughter Rhoda returned to New York but came back to Texas to visit her brother Heman shortly before his daughter Rhoda Corinne was born. Myrtle told Hiram he was to name the daughter. It was decided they would name her after Rhoda, but later found out this was a nickname and her real name was Rhoba.

The most important thing to Rhoda was her family, followed by her pride in teaching and the enjoyment she took in her hobbies.

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Rhoda Corinne Ward Griffith - 4/11/1919 - 2/11/2008

Rhoda Corrine Ward Griffith

Rhoda Griffith, long term resident of Grandview, went home to Jesus Monday while surrounded by her family. If there was ever a saint on this earth, it was Rhoda.

She was born in Pflugerville, attended Texas A & I College and taught school at Kingsville during the war. She met and married Jack Griffith when he returned from serving in the Army overseas. After the children reached school age, she went back to school and earned a Masters of Education degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She taught first grade at Grandview for 22 years, was a faithful wife, loving mother and active in the First United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed quilting and playing cards and dominos. If she is not working on a quilt for St. Peter, she's probably got a game of Skip-Bo going.

She was survived by her sons Jack and Ike and daughter, Janey, and daughter-in-laws Caron, Connie and Trina and son-in-law, Kurt. Grandchildren: Eva, Brian, June, Ian, Will, James, JW, Blayke, Brandi, Crystal, Kirk, Josh, Corrie, Tracey and husband, Ryan, Stephen and wife, Ashley, Wendy, Austin, Hayden and Raven, and great-grand-son, Jackson.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Jack, the love of her life, and treasured son, Larry and all her sisters and brother—Thelma, Flolissa, Marguerite, Comel and Maxine.

Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6 to 8PM at the Clayton Kay Funeral Home in Grandview and the funeral will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 14th, at 11AM with internment at the Grandview Cemetery following.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

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Jack Griffith Family

Arailroad track used to run through Griffith Switch where there were a couple of cotton gins. The train cars were used to transport bales of cotton. There was a switch there so cars could switch off and get the cotton loaded. Jack Griffith's Granddad and his Granddad's brother had large acreage. They were in the banking business in Maypearl.

The farm in Maypearl was divided between the 4 children, Wells, Lawrence, Iva, and Charity (Miss Cissy). Wells inherited land in Maypearl that joined Dodo's and Jack's land. Lawrence got a place in Maypearl and one in Griffith Switch. Iva received 320 acres of land at Griffith Switch. Charity received land in Everman.

Rhoda and Jack Griffith bought Aunt Iva's 320 acres. Britton Griffith, Jack's cousin was about the same age as he was. They lived down the road from the home place in Maypearl. Jack carried and sold milk and eggs in town (Maypearl). He walked to school 4 miles from the farm. Cheri (Britton's daughter?) went to school with sausage biscuits.

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Jack Ward Griffith was born in Corpus Christi before Jack Griffith and Rhoda lived in Los Fresnos and farmed land owned by Preacher Calloway (from Itasca) and Maurine Griffith. Larry was born in Harlingen, but the family moved back to Maypearl before Ike was born in Waxahachie. Janey was also born in Waxahachie. Jack and Rhoda sold half of the land at the Switch that they bought from Iva in order to pay off the other half. Jack farmed Dodo's land and his at Griffith Switch after they moved back from Harlingen.

Jack died August 2, 1963 in Grandview, Texas at the age of 46 from a probable heart attack and resulting vehicle accident>