June 10, 1935- November 28, 2012
Carson Griffith of Grand Junction, IA died November 28, 2012 at the age of 77 years. Funeral services for Carson Griffith will be taking place in Jefferson at First Presbyterian Church, 208 West State Street, Jefferson, IA.
Visitation begins at 3:00pm Sunday December 2, 2012, with visitation with the family from 5:00 – 7:30pm Sunday, followed by an Elks Memorial Service at 7:30pm Sunday, all at the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson, IA. A Celebration of Carson’s Life will be held at 10:30am Monday December 3, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson. Burial will take place at the Junction Township Cemetery at a later date.
Carson A. Griffith was born on June 10, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa to Fred and Verna (Carson) Griffith, and died November 28, 2012 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa at the age of 77 years.<
Carson grew up on a farm near Bagley, Iowa and graduated from Bagley High School. After graduation, Carson attended Drake University where he received his BA and MA in Music. After graduating from Drake, he took his first teaching job at Adair Casey where he taught band and vocal music for 3 years. On November 24, 1960, Carson was united in marriage to Betty Stephenson in Adair, Iowa. They were the proud parents of two daughters, Kim and Kelley. Carson and Betty moved to Grand Junction, Iowa where Carson taught vocal music at East Greene, where he helped shape and inspire the lives of many students for 37 years before retiring in 1997.
Carson loved people and you could see that by all that he was involved in. Carson was the Elks organist for 40 years; he was the organist, pianist and choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction. He also had Griffith Painting Service, where he painted many buildings in the Greene County Area. He was a Master Gardener, and loved to work in his yard, whether it was working on plants or finding another rock to add to his collection. You could often find Carson serving the communities by delivering Meals on Wheels, he was on the Greene County Arts Council, the Bell Tower Committee, he volunteered with the Greene County Tourism, kept the books at basketball games for 25 years, ran the high jump pit at track meets and announced at football games. He was a board member and often entertained the Historical Society, often played weddings, funerals and in nursing homes. Over the years Carson was involved in 10 community musicals in Greene and Dallas Counties and he wrote and directed the Grand Junction Centennial Pageant. Carson was also a recipient of the Greene County Community Impact Award.
Carson loved music and loved to share the gift of music he had with others. It was said that “Carson could get music out of a rock”. More than music, Carson loved his family. Spending time with his wife Betty of 52 years, enjoying the company of his two daughters, and traveling to see every event his two granddaughters were involved in.
Carson is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Verna Griffith. He is survived by his wife Betty; daughters: Kim (Don) Hartley of Waukee, IA, Kelley (Chad) Bruns of Leon, IA; granddaughters Emily and Alyssa Hartley; sisters-in-law Martha Stephenson, Marilyn Stephenson and Marie (Don) Lents; other relatives and many, many friends.
Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson. 515-386-2171Information provided by: Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home 119 West Lincolnway PO Box 108 Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515.386.2171 www.sliningerrossowfuneralhome.com