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Waymond E. Griggs

March 25, 1936 - November 30, 2016

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Waymond E. Griggs, 80, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in Abilene. Graveside services will be 10:00a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 in Hamby Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St., Abilene. Visitation will be from 6 to 8p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Waymond was born on March 25, 1936 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Lonnie W. Grigg and Dixie Belle Beard Grigg. He was a graduate of Camden High School in Camden, AR in 1954. On September 1, 1956 Waymond married JoAnn Boley in Abilene. He attended...

Waymond E. Griggs, 80, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in Abilene. Graveside services will be 10:00a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 in Hamby Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St., Abilene. Visitation will be from 6 to 8p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Waymond was born on March 25, 1936 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Lonnie W. Grigg and Dixie Belle Beard Grigg. He was a graduate of Camden High School in Camden, AR in 1954. On September 1, 1956 Waymond married JoAnn Boley in Abilene. He attended Abilene Christian College and graduated in 1959. As a student at Abilene Christian College he ran on the 440 yard relay team that held the world record of 39.9 seconds in 1957 and 39.7 seconds in 1958. Waymond obtained his Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, OK. His career in teaching and coaching began in Midland and then he moved to Kermit. Waymond settled in at Permian High School (Ector County ISD) in Odessa and was there for 23 years. Coach Griggs' track and field teams attained a remarkable level of success under his leadership. The Permian Panthers Track Team out of Odessa won 13 district championships; 5 regional championships; and one state championship in 1993. He was inducted to the Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame as well as the ACU Sports Hall of Fame.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and an infant brother, Norman Eugene Grigg. Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Griggs of Hamby; two sons, Michael Waymond Griggs of Hamby and Mark Damon Griggs and his wife, Mia of McKinney, TX; a sister, Patricia Kyser and husband, Dr. Floyd Kyser of Little Rock, AR; a brother, Tommy Griggs also of Little Rock, AR; two grandsons, Ryan Matthew Griggs and Ethan Michael Griggs of McKinney, TX; a sister-in-law, Margie Rusnak of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.