Thursday, March 25, 2010

Joan (Kerley) Griffin, 82, of Wheaton, passed away on March 19, 2010, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. She was born on Sept. 5, 1927, in West Fork, Ark., the daughter of Thomas Eugene and Ruth Allene (Reiff) Kerley. Her early school age years were spent in the Mineral Springs, Ark., community where she attended the Mineral Springs School and then attended high school in Fayetteville, Ark. She married Willard Hugh Griffin on Jan. 16, 1954, in Fort Smith, Ark. They lived in Springfield and Pierce City before moving to the Wheaton area. They were charter members of the Wheaton Saddle Club where Joan served as secretary for several years, and she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Early in their married life, she and Hugh were baptized together at the Wheaton Baptist Church. He preceded her death on March 3, 1983. She worked at Jumping Jack Shoes in Monett, Petty Gene Poultry and for the Wheaton School. She also worked for 10 years helping her family at Griffin Farms in Stark City.

Survivors include: two sons, Gene Griffin, of Wheaton, and Darren Griffin, and his wife, Marilee, of Stark City; one daughter, Connie Griffin, of Wheaton; one brother, Billy Gene Kerley Sr., of Eureka Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Kerley and Mayme Ballew.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with Pastor Richard Buck officiating. Burial followed at the Muncie Chapel Cemetery north of Wheaton.

Memorials may be made to the Wheaton Volunteer Fire Department or to the Wheaton FFA Booster Club Scholarship Fund and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home.