Richard Lee Griffith was born on January 30, 1930, to his parents Vera and J. Lee Griffith of Tulia, Tx. and passed peacefully from our world July 15, 2021. Richard grew up in Tulia and particularly enjoyed Scouting, where he earned his Eagle Scout rating, and he enjoyed playing football for the Hornets. He graduated from Tulia High School in 1947. Richard then attended Baylor University where he graduated with a BA in Chemistry and Accounting in 1951. He later earned his MBA in Portales, NM from Eastern New Mexico University. Richard dearly loved his time at Baylor and later ENMU and remained an ardent supporter of both universities.
During the Korean War, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force as an Atomic Weapons Officer assigned to the Strategic Air Command in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Richard’s business career was extensive and varied, as were his personal interests. He founded, invested, and managed several retailing and agricultural related businesses. He expanded his father’s grocery business to Portales, NM where he moved with his family from Tulia in 1965. Richard served on the board of Affiliated Foods and Affiliated Finance in Amarillo, Tx. He was a founder of North Plains Compress in Tulia and AVC Veterinary Supplies, which had several locations in Texas and New Mexico. He was also a partner in the Lovington, NM Livestock Auction Barn, and founded SOS Waste Disposal, Inc. which thrives today in Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Richard also served as President of the South Plains Commodities Association of Plainview and Dimmit, and as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Portales, in addition to serving in numerous other service and professional organizations.
One of Richard's loves was serving as a Volunteer Executive with the International Executive Service Corps of Washington, DC. This organization sends executives to assist lesser developed companies in their quest for capitalism and free markets. He completed ten assignments abroad in different parts of the world. Richard also sponsored and assisted many foreign students attending college here in the US.
Richard loved nature and was a superb outdoorsman. He took to heart Scouting’s creed of “try to leave this world a little better than you found it.”, and to “say, YES to Life”. He did! Richard chose to live a full, energetic, and happy life for which we are all grateful.
Richard is survived by his wife Gilley, son, Bradford Lee Griffith, daughters, Brooke Husid and her husband Doug, and Cassie Bledose and her husband Gene.
Any remembrances should be directed to the Gordon Treadaway Scholarship fund at Texas Tech University or to the Meals on Wheels. Private family services were held in Lubbock, Tx.
John P Parramore
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of Richards passing I always enjoyed working with Richard and helping with projects at Bluff Creek Ranch Richard was a good friend