James C. ‘J.C.’ Griffey Jr.

James C. “J.C.” Griffey Jr., 92, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Monday, April 17, 2017, at North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, Mo.

J.C. (as everyone called him), was born Dec. 9, 1924, to James C. and Hazel (Burke) Griffey Sr., of rural Ray County.

J.C. is survived by his wife of 73 years, Norma Jean (Smart) Griffey, of Kansas City, Mo.; son, David Griffey, and his wife, Shelley, of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Cynthia Fay, and her husband, David, of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter, Pamela Petitt, and her husband, Ron, of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Jason Carter, Joshua Carter, Justin Griffey and Jonathan Griffey; and six great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Elijah, Addison, Mason, Gavin and Ashton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald Griffey; and his granddaughter, Jennifer Anne Carter.

After graduating from Excelsior Springs High School in 1943, J.C. joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He worked at General Motors in Fairfax as a supervisor until he retired in 1976. He loved to travel and he and his wife did so extensively after their retirement. J.C. was of the Presbyterian faith. He lived in the Kansas City area most of his life.

Visitation is 2 to 2:45 p.m., Friday, April 21, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond.

Memorial graveside services follow at 3 p.m. in Sunny Slope Cemetery, Richmond. Military honors will be provided by Ray County Veterans. Online condolences may be left at

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