Claude William Griffith Jr. ("CW," "Dub," "Mooney," "Papa" and "GP") was born in Clayton, N.M., on June 4, 1930, to C. W. Griffith, Sr. and Idelle Youngblood Griffith. He lived most of his life in Weatherford and Mineral Wells. His career serving his country in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard spanned over 30 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer III. He was a 63-year member of the Masonic Lodge fraternity, reaching the esteemed post of Grand Master.
Dub was blessed to be married to the love of his life, Mae Janess, for over 63 years. He had several nicknames but by far the one he loved the best was "Dad." He was a wonderful father and role model to his three sons, Mark and Cody Wilbanks, and Guy Griffith. Dub loved life, family, friends, cooking, helping others and fixing anything mechanical. Everyone who knew him said Dub was the happiest, kindest person they ever met. His integrity, optimism and positive attitude were a beacon of his faith and a ministry to all who knew him.
In retirement, he loved to travel the nation he defended for so long, making friends wherever he and Mae traveled in their RV. A faithful member of Indian Creek Baptist Church, Dub went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 17, 2019.
He is survived by his loving wife; his three sons; daughter-in-law, Lynanne Swinson Wilbanks; brother-and sister-in-law, Mark and Joyce Ford; grandchildren, Stefanie Reese and husband, Joe, Jodi Johnson, and Brian Griffith Wilbanks and wife, Sarah; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Claudia Calhoun and Wilma Barnes, and his eldest grandson Robert Wilbanks.
Visitation and celebration of life services will be at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells on Thursday, 6-8 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m., respectively. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford immediately thereafter.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home
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Edith Ingram Dunnington
Aug 22, 2019
You must have been a terrific father as I have known and respected two of your sons. My deepest sympathy goes to all of the family. May memories soon help you through the grief.
Eddie Cox
Aug 22, 2019
We lost a great man, he was one of the first guy I meet when I went to work at UTES#2 back in the 80's . He was always helpful and had a smile on his face. He will be missed by many and all the family. Prayers for the family
Bob & Bobbie West
Aug 21, 2019
God Bless you brother in Christ.
You certainly blessed our lives!
Aug 21, 2019
Heartwarming Thoughts Boston Fern was purchased for the family of Claude "Dub" William Griffith.  Send flowers
Lynanne Swinson Wilbanks
Aug 20, 2019
I will miss you dearly. Forty nine years ago you helped me buy my first car and taught me how to cook. You taught your son (my husband) how to love unconditionally and be a great husband, father and servant of the Lord. You always had wonderful stories that spoke of great character and adventures. You loved your family and welcomed each child into our family with open arms, tenderness and wisdom. I know your are healed and restored in heaven along with your first grand-son, Robert Wilbanks.
I love you,
Valerie Lindley
Aug 20, 2019
I agree with all the kinds words said about him in his obituary. I met Dub and Mae at church (Indian Creek Baptist Church). He was a great man. So glad to say I know him and will see him again, When We All Get To Heaven.
Mary Creighton
Aug 20, 2019
This man will always have a special place in my heart for the service he gave to our country and for his wonderful memory of the history of Old Camp Wolters where he served as the last Commander then a caretaker with Mr. Reeder for years until it was sold by state of Texas. I gained so much respect for Dub. May he rest in peace.