Hessie Modene Griffin


Hessie Modene Griffin, 83, of Branson, Mo., died Tuesday, December 19, 2017.   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, December 22, at the Shinn Chapel with the Rev. Todd Davis officiating with burial in Booger Hollow Cemetery near Dover, Ark., under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

She was born September 16, 1934, in Dover, Ark., to James Otho and Mabel Campbell Sumners. She was a retired businesswoman and nurse and was a Baptist.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Lynn Griffin; a brother, Herbert Sumners; one sister, Rosetta Brown; her step-mother, Susie Sumners; and a great-granddaughter.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James Owen and Joyce Wait of Branson; a daughter and son-in-law, Marty and Leonard Wootan of Kilgore; a sister, Bernice Freeman; a brother and sister-in-law, Dwain and Frances Sumners of Russellville; and six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, Post Office Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984. The online obituary and guestbook are available at

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