LEVANT – Raymond “Jim” N. Griffin Sr., 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Dec. 2, 2010. He was born and raised in Levant, the son of Arthur and Doris (Batchelder) Griffin. He was a founding member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Exeter, where he loved his church family and keeping the coffee going. Jim served in the Army, where he was a paratrooper and then became a mechanic. After he retired he enjoyed farming, working in the woods and time with his family, of whom he loved very much. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Thelma Griffin; his daughter, Rita Griffin and her husband, Carl; his two sons, James E. Griffin Sr. and wife, Abigail, and Alfred G. Griffin Sr. and wife, Sheila; two stepsons, Lewis Wilson and wife, Cindy, and Gary Wilson and wife, Laurel; 11 grandkids, Dwayne, Alfred Jr., Scott, Tim, Kendil, Bethany, Justin, Joshua, Christina, Amanda and Amber; 13 great-grandkids; two sisters, Betty Treadwell and husband, Robert, and Marie Kohtala; and two brothers, Paul and wife, Mary, and Galen “Pete” Griffin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Raymond Jr. “Butch”; siblings, Arthur Jr., Reginald and Edna; and also his grandson, James Jr. We extend a very heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Maine Veterans Home for their care, love and concern. Laura, Mary, Pauline, Mike and others, thank you very much. Services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Pastor Stan Griffin, a very special nephew of Jim’s, officiating. Friends may call 3 p.m. until the time of service Sunday. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the church after the service. Interment will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Waugh Cemetery, Levant. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the building fund at Cornerstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 131, Levant, ME 04456. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.