Major A. Griggsby Jr., 92, of Hannibal, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2020, at Luther Manor Nursing Center in Hannibal.
Private services will be held at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home. Private burial with full military honors will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. Rev. Minnie Smith will officiate.
Friends and family are invited to Major's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home. Those attending the visitation will be admitted to greet the family briefly in groups of 10 visitors and will be required to wear a face mask while inside the funeral home.
Major was born May 16, 1928, in Hannibal to Major Alexander Griggsby Sr. and Bertha Virginia Hale.
He was married to Wilma F. Hawkins on Jan. 13, 1957, in Hannibal. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2018.
Survivors include six children, Tenya L. Griggsby of Crowley, Texas, Demetrius Griggsby of Overland Park, Kan., Paul Griggsby of Denver, Colo., Monique Horton (Christopher) of Irving, Texas, Nicolette Griggsby of Littleton, Colo., and Maquestia Griggsby of Overland Park, Kan. Also surviving are one brother, William Griggsby of Pikesville, Md.; a special niece, Tracy Mack of Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Lauren Griggsby of Grandview, Mo., Arionn Hobbs of Littleton, Colo., Tommy Swanson Jr. (Maria) of Lewisville, Texas, and Sebastian Starnes of Overland Park, Kan.; one great-grandchild, Adam Dufrene of Grandview, Mo.; three stepgrandchildren, Christopher Horton of Dallas, Texas, Mya Horton of Dallas, Texas, and Mia Horton of Detroit, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Major was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Roberta Curry; and two brothers, James Griggsby Sr. and Estel Alexander Griggsby.
Major was a 1946 Douglas High School graduate. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Griggsby received an honorable discharge as a sergeant after 33 years of service.
Professionally, Major worked at Hannibal Cleaners as a press operator and then later worked as a produce assistant at Kroger Grocery Company in Hannibal, from which he retired after 25 years of service.
Generous, loyal and personable, Major loved his community. He was a passionate history buff and loved to research family history and genealogy. Planning family and school reunions were always activities that Major enjoyed. Family trips to the Wisconsin Dells, homemade chili and Old Spice cologne were a few of Major’s favorites.
Always supportive of his friends and family, Major was determined to be resilient, confident and self-sufficient. Major lived his life with a vision of sustained humility, compassion and equality for all. Those who knew and loved Major remember his warm smile and caring spirit and will deeply miss him.
A devout Christian, Major was a longtime member of the Willow Street Christian Church, where he taught Sunday School and was a member of the Christian Men’s Fellowship.
Major was also an active volunteer member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Hannibal and was one of the co-founders of the Douglas School Reunion that was started in 1975. In 1988 Major was a recipient of the Missouri’s Best Award as an outstanding family man and citizen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Douglass Community Services.
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