On October 24, 1941 in Wadsworth, TX, Dennis Griggs Sr. was born to Ira and Nealie Griggs. He was baptized at an early age at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Waddy. He attended public school in Van Vleck, TX at O.H. Herman High, graduating in the Class of 1960.
He met, fell in love, and married Anita Fay Griggs on December 24, 1962. God blessed this union with five beautiful children, during which time Dennis enlisted and served 4 years in the United States Air Force and upon being discharged, he continued his employment with the International Laborer’s Union as a Laborer and retired after 30 years of dutiful service.
Dennis was a very active and committed member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for the last 76 years under the current leadership of Reverend Michael Riddick. He was ordained as a deacon in 1976 and served faithfully until he accepted his calling into the ministry. After which was appointed Minister of Education; making it his mission to ensure believers in Christ not only understood the true meaning of God’s word more in depth, but also how to apply the word to their daily lives.
On June 8, 2018 the Lord called his angel home to live with him. Preceding him in death is wife of 50 years, Anita Fay Griggs; parents, Ira and Nealie Griggs; four brothers, Preston Griggs, Willie Griggs, Jimmy Griggs, and Albert Tone; and one sister, Alice Griggs.
Family members left to cherish his beloved memories include three sons, David Powell, Sr. (Joyce) of Houston, Texas, Dennis Griggs, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Taurus Monroe, Sr. of Kyle, Texas; two daughters, Maryetta Jammer (Walter) of Brazoria, Texas and Arlena Griggs of Bay City, Texas and four grandchildren he raised as his own, Horatio Griggs (Tangela) of Houston, Texas, Shalanda Johnson of Katy, Texas, Demetria Jammer (Shaun), and Quanita Dickson of Cedar Lane, Texas; two sisters, Mary Jane Griggs of Galveston, Texas and Louise Griggs Johnson of LaMarque, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Louisiana Times of Live Oak, Texas and Verna Griggs of Houston, Texas;
Also joining the aforementioned are seventeen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; Godchildren, Anita Austin, Dominique Royster, Debra Franklin, Kristen Burnett, LaQuita Burnett, Joel Scott; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, family, and friends.