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Anthony Cedric (Tony) Griffin

Memorial for Anthony Cedric (Tony) Griffin

Born in Columbia, Louisiana on Nov. 21, 1964
Departed on May 22, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Thursday, May 29, 2014
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Forest Oaks Cemetery
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Anthony Cedric Griffin (Tony) born November 21, 1964 on a Saturday morning in Columbia, LA to Lorena London Griffin and John L. Griffin. In April of 1965, at the young age of five months, he along with big sister and mom joined his father in Stuttgart, Germany for a three year army assignment. While living in Stuttgart for about a year, Tony managed to fall from a three story building. He climbed to the top bunk of his bed, then on to the window ledge and apparently leaned on the screen and he fell. His big sister, three years of age, ran into the kitchen to tell mom that Tony had jumped out of the window. He spent three days in the hospital and was released without any injuries. Tony loved sports and dad agreed to let him try out for the football team at age 10. He excelled in sports, baseball, basketball and football. He was tiny but tough. He was also an excellent student.

The family spent two exciting tours in Europe during the sixties and the seventies. Being a military brat, Tony and the family continued to travel to Colorado Springs and Denver, CO, one year in Parkville MO and on to Frederick, MD. Our last military move to Austin, TX in August of 1979. Tony spent his high school years at Crockett High School where he continued to excel academicals and also excel in three sports, basketball, track and football. He broke many track records at Crockett and some records are still on the walls of Crockett's gym. Tony was a star football running back and defensive back for four years. He was a kind and loving spirit and his friendships were numerous. He loved to draw/sketch pictures of animals and cartoon characters. Tony also learned to read and speak Arabic. He was always writing poems, and he loved to recite them. He even spoke at few locations in the city. We were impressed.

Upon graduation from Crockett High, Tony had many schools to choose from and he chose the University of Texas, where he was given the choice of an athletic or academic scholarship. After UT he signed on as a free agent to the Dallas Cowboys.

Tony spent many years making a living as a car salesman. He was well known in the Austin area especially along The Motor Mile. If you needed a car, Tony Griffin was your man.

Tony is survived by his parents, John L. and Lorena Griffin, his sister, Maria Griffin Rankins, his son, John A. Griffin, his daughter, Kali D. Tindell Griffin, a host of cousins, aunts and uncles

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