William Cole Griffin

SCrowder C416032113520William Cole Griffin, a longtime Houston resident, passed away on March 17, 2016 at the age of 40. Officer Griffin was born in Rockingham, NC to William and Pamela Griffin.  He has always claimed that he wasn’t born in Texas, but he got here as fast as he can.

Cole was a graduate of Dulles High School, where he was part of the JROTC for 4 years and attended Officer Candidate School at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. One of Cole’s most favorite things when he was younger was attending Space Camp when he was in 7th grade.

After graduation, Cole served with the Army Reserves for several years, and eventually returned to Active Duty in 2007, where he served with distinction with the 2-12, 1st Calvary Division in the Iraq Campaign overseas. Continuing a life of service, Cole joined the ranks of Peace Officers in 2012 with the City of Arcola. He wished nothing but to protect those that needed protecting and defending against all enemies. 

Cole is preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Pam.  He is survived by his wife, Stacey; children, Adrianna and Alex; his father, William; brother, Justin; aunts, Donna and Tonda; uncles, Rick and Tom; several cousins, a nephew and two nieces.

A visitation will be Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at First Baptist Church of Pasadena with a service at 1pm. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.


  1. The law enforcement community has lost a brave and loyal soldier! You will be missed but NEVER forgotten!

    Fred Bell
  2. I remember meeting Cole when he was serving active duty with my husband. He was a very tall (compared to me) silly always smiling man. I was blessed to have shared a meal with this lovely family and something I’ll always remember. When they deployed Cole was one of the fellas that gave me comfort knowing he was with my husband. I am so glad to have kept this beautiful family as my friends even of it was only online. You will be missed and I hope for peace for Stacey, Adrianna and Alex during these hard times. Cole you may be gone but will never be forgotten. Love your friends.

    The Perry's
  3. Prayers for the whole family. I’ve known Cole since he was a baby and loved his mom and dad so much! I know he will be missed. You are all in our prayers!

    Vickie Beachum
  4. I went to the police academy in 2011 with Cole. He was a great cadet to experience the Academy with and a great advisor on life. He will be deeply missed and I hope that his family can rest as comfortably as possible during this time.


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