A memorial service for Jiles Avery Griffin, 85, of Paso Robles, California, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Goodwill Baptist Church in Milano with Rev. Dana Carr. Burial will be in Goodwill Baptist Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin died Thursday, Sept. 30, in San Luis Obispo, California.

He was born Dec. 20, 1924, in the Griffin Chapel community near Milano to Nick and Aslee Griffin.

He was owner of Jays Aeration & Yard Service and also served as a deputy sheriff in Amarillo, prior to moving to Paso Robles.

Mr. Griffin was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a sharpshooter in the 92nd Buffalo Division and received two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Griffin was a member of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Black Farmers Association.

He was a Los Angeles Lakers fan and enjoyed listening to B.B. King and traveling across the country.

Mr. Griffin had been a resident of Paso Robles, California, for the past 48 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers.

Survivors are his wife, Barbara Catherine Griffin of Paso Robles, California; a son, Charles Dykes and wife Lavon of Milano; and three daughters, Joyce Tansil and husband David Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia, Janice Inez Watson and husband Lonnie and Jeanetta Grigsby and husband Terrance, all of Paso Robles, California; also, 15 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

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