Dr. William David McGriff

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Dr. William David McGriff, a resident of Berryville, was born Dec. 31, 1918, in Argos, Ind., a son of Howard Earl and Chloe (O Conner) McGriff. He died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, in his home, at the age of 87.

Dr. McGriff was a veteran, having served as a pilot with the United States Army Air Corp, deploying troops by air during World War II. After the war, he pursued the career of dentistry at Indiana University. In 1958, he and his family moved to Eureka Springs.

For seven years he was very active in community affairs. The next eight years he spent teaching in American Samoa and Guam. He then attended the University of Hawaii where he earned a degree in public health. Upon his return to Eureka Springs, he worked for the Arkansas Department of Health for the next 10 years. After retiring, Dr. McGriff moved to Florida and then Indiana. He then spent time in Cameroon, Africa, serving as a missionary, before returning to the Ozarks. He enjoyed woodworking and his biggest hobby was caring for his flowers and lawn. He was a member of the Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Berryville.

On Oct. 1, 1955, he was united in marriage with Margaret (Murphey) McGriff, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Evon McGriff and Tim and Mary McGriff; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Victor Rapisarda and Patricia and Steve Petelle; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Susanne and Don Kline; and two nephews, Roger McGriff and Darrel McGriff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Chloe McGriff; two brothers, Lester and Tom; and two sisters, Virginia and Laura.

Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville with Rev. Darrel Harris officiating. Interment was to follow in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John s Hospice, 214 Carter, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral. com.