| Bobbie Ray "Rip" Griffin|
(Businessman and philanthropist)
|Born|| September 23, 1929 |
Matador, Motley County
|Died|| June 7, 2017 |
|Religion||Church of Christ|
Bobbie Ray Griffin, known as Rip Griffin (September 23, 1929 – June 7, 2017), was a businessman and philanthropist in Lubbock, Texas. The Rip Griffin Center at Lubbock Christian University is named in his honor.
Griffin was born into poverty in rural Matador east of Lubbock in Motley County in West Texas. As a boy he delivered newspapers. After working as a truck driver, he built a truck stop in Lubbock which expanded to multiple outlets across the American West. Griffin was also invested in petroleum, fuel wholesaling, and truck dealerships.
Besides his Rip Griffin Truck Stops, Griffin served on numerous civic and bank boards and donated to academic and athletic programs at Texas Tech University as well as LCU. A lifelong baseball enthusiast, Griffin is honored with the naming of the Rip Griffin Baseball Park on the Tech campus. The Geneva Griffin Center at the Children's Home of Lubbock is named for Mrs. Griffin. For four decades, Griffin sponsored the Lubbock Hubber baseball club, a semi-professional team.
Rip Griffin Center hosts the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals basketball and volleyball teams. While LCU was a member, the Sooner Athletic Conference was held at the arena. The NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship (Division I) will be held at the center for the third consecutive year in 2018.
In addition to his wife, Griffin is survived by five children, David (wife, Lorna), Mark (wife, Claudia), Julie Pointer (husband, Steve), Jill Patterson (husband, Bill) and Suzanne Knipp (husband, Jeff); thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Griffin's memorial service was held on June 27, 2017, at the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock.
- Bobbie Griffin obituary. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (June 13, 2017). Retrieved on June 14, 2017.