04/01/06 - NNHS Newsletter - O. C. Griggs

Orlando Caleb 'O. C.' Griggs
(2 June 1928 -  30 Mar 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1947


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news today. 

  From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 03/31/06:

Orlando Caleb Griggs, class of '47, died this morning @ 11:38.  He was known by his friends & family as O. C.  He was the uncle of   Connie Dickson Mitchell ('67), who just recently passed away.  O. C. was also the step father of Buster Vest, '63, of Richmond, Eddie Vest, '68, of Hampton, and Donna Vest Hagerman, '71, of Newport News.  The family is receiving friends at Peninsula Funeral Home, Sunday, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Funeral services will be Monday @ 10:00 am at the funeral home with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.  He was surrounded by his loving family when he slipped away.

   Oh, Buster, I'm so very sorry to hear this news.  Please accept our sincerest sympathies at this most difficult time of loss.


From the Daily Press - 04/01/06:

     Orlando Caleb 'O. C.' Griggs  

NEWPORT NEWS - Orlando Caleb 'O. C.' Griggs, 77, peacefully went to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday, March 30, 2006, with his loving family by his side. He was born June 2, 1928, and was a lifelong resident of Newport News. Known as O. C. to all his friends, he retired from The Daily Press composing room. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Japan Theater. O. C. enjoyed gardening, the horses, fishing and the Redskins O. C. was preceded in death by his parents, Orlando H. and Elizabeth Walker Griggs; his sister, Mildred Griggs Dickson; and nieces, Connie Mitchell and Elizabeth Weisspfennig. Survivors include his wife, Pearl H. Griggs; his stepchildren, William M. Vest and his wife, Jackie, Eddie H. Vest and his wife, Susan, and Donna V. Hagerman and her husband, Bruce. He is also survived by his very close grandchildren, (O. C.'s buddy) Bruce 'Rusty' Hagerman Jr. and his wife, Kelly, Allison Marie Hagerman, Amanda Kathleen Vest, Jennifer V. Frazier and David Deas; his great-grandchildren, Emily Nicole Hagerman, Auston Frazier, Alexie Frazier and Christopher Wolfe; a nephew, Joseph Dickson; and one great-niece, Lynnell Beauchesne. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home by Pastor Larry Lamb followed by burial in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/31/2006 - 4/1/2006.
Guest Book


Buster, All my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of loss. God bless all. Jerry Blanchard
Jerry Blanchard (West Point, VA ) - April 1, 2006
My condolences to Buster & family. I am an old friend of Buster's from Stuart Gardens & Newport News High, even though we have not seen each other for about 30 years. Saw the announcement on the Newport News High School web site.
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker (Stuart, FL ) - April 1, 2006
Buster, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your step-dad. It is always hard to lose a parent. Take comfort knowing Our Lord and Saviour are with You. Fuzzy Turner (63)
Fuzzy Turner (NC ) - April 1, 2006
I knew O. C. thru Connie & Joe. I have very wonderful memories of the families together. God bless you all. Margaret
Margaret Burns-Edwards (Poquoson, VA ) - April 1, 2006 
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. NNHS classmate of "O. C."
Nancy Jones (Newport News, VA ) - April 1, 2006 
Westa Talton Morris (Newport News, VA ) - April 1, 2006 
Dear Buster & Family - In sympathy and friendship I send these words of comfort. No one can experience this sadness as you do, for your feelings are unique and very personal...please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brownie Shaffer Haracivet (62) (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) - April 2, 2006 
My thoughts and Prayers to the family.
Rudolph Oliver (Bonifay, FL ) - April 2, 2006
I knew O. C. when I was a young copy editor at the Daily Press. He was a never-ending source of help when I did not get my page designs correct back in the "dawn" of the computer age at the newspaper. He always worked with me as a fellow professional when I was just a rookie.
Jill Vaden (Hampton, VA ) - April 2, 2006
Buster, I was sorry to hear about your step-father's death. It's difficult to find the words for comfort but knowing that people care makes a difference. Pauline Collins Shofner
Pauline Shofner (Newport News) - April 2, 2006
Eddie, Susan & Amanda
I wanted you all to know our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. I know your walk with the Lord is strong and this will be a homecoming celebration for you and the rest of the family.
We Love you!
John & Cyndi
John Hefner (Hampton, VA ) - April 3, 2006

   Again, our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire family.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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