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The Monitor Naples, Texas 75568-0039 Thursday, June 7, 2012 Page 2
By Vernon May
JAMES P. GRIFFIN M.D.
VICKI TIGERT DAVIS
JANET AND JOHN BRYAN
Annual Pewitt Alumni Gala to be hosted Saturday evening
Special honors to recognize former graduates and school friends
Special honors will be presented to two Pewitt High School
graduates at the annual Pewitt Alumni Gala on Saturday
evening and recognition will also honor a Naples couple who
are active as supporters of the school and its activities.
Honorees for the Distinguished Alumnus awards will be
Vicki Tigert Davis, an honor graduate with the Class of 1961,
and James P. Griffin, a 1973 honor graduate.
The Pewitt Friends of the Al umni award will recognize
Janet and John Bryan.
"Moments to Remember" will be the theme of the annual
event that will be staged at the high school auditorium
beginning at 6 p.m., and will feature a banquet meal pre-
pared by Ernest Paul Pewitt's Rear of the Steer restaurant.
James P. Griffin M.D.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
James (Jimmy) P. Griffin was born in Stuttgart, Ger-
many. He grew up as an Army "brat". His father was the late
Major (Ret) George Griffin, Sr., and his mother is Veronica
Griffin of Naples. He has five sisters and four brothers, all of
whom have attended Paul Pewitt School. Dr. Griffin gradu-
ated as valedictorian from Paul Pewitt in 1973.
He attended Stephen F. Austin State University in
Nacodoches, and graduated summa cum laude in 1977 with
a Bachelor of Science degree.
After graduation at SFA, he attended Texas Tech School
of Medicine in Lubbock, fi'om 1977-1981 and received his MD
degree in 1981. Residency was done in family practice at
Texas Tech School of Medicine Department of Family Prac-
tice from 1981-1984. He served as chief resident his final
In 1975, he married Joanna Pearce, also a Pewitt graduate
of 1973. Joanna's parents are the late James R Pearce and
Nan Pearce, now of Naples.Dr. Griffin and Joanna are the
parents of four children, all of whom have graduated from
Paul Pewitt and are now married. They are Joshua and Dana
Griffin of Wichita Falls; Ali and Jamie Chong of Flower
Mound; Joel and Krystal Griffin of Bella Vista, Arkansas;
and Jeremy and Brittani Griffin of Hughes Springs. Jimmy
and Joanna have three grandsons and three granddaugh-
He has worked as a Family Practice physician at East
Texas Clinic Association since 1984. He was Chief of Staff at
David Granberry Hospital the last three years it existed and
is currently on the staff at Titus Regional Medical Center of
Mt. Pleasant He is also the Medical Director for Nexion
Health in Omaha. He was board certified in Family Medicine
in 1984 and has been re-certified in 1991, 1998, 2005, and
2012. He has received the American Medical Association's
Physician Recognition Award for continuing education many
times, the latest in 2012. Griffin is a member of the American
Academy of Family Practice and the Texas Medical Associa-
Dr. Griffin is a member of First Baptist Church of Omaha
where he has been a youth and adult Sunday School teacher
for the last 25 years.
He is an avid supporter of Pewitt School and the athletic
programs, providing physicals and needed medical services
to athletes. During football season, Dr. Griffin will be found
on the Pewitt sidelines, watching each down the Brahma
football team plays and being ready to provide medical
assistance if needed in case of injury.
Through East Texas Clinic, he has provided the Naples-
Omaha community and surrounding areas with needed
medical services for the sick and injured His dedication and
expertise in treating people needing these services, has
resulted in a busy workload for this physician.
"I have loved doing my calling here in Naples as a physi-
cian, have a great wife and four wonderful children who have
been educated by great people in our excellent school system
and now have families of their own, and feel blessed in all
that God has done for and through (and despite) me — so who
could ask for anything more," he said.
Vicki Tigert Davis
Pewitt Distinguished Alumnus Award
Vicki Tigert Davis is a 1961 graduate of Pewitt High
School. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Voca-
tional Home Economics from East Texas State College in
Commerce and her Master of Science Degree with a major in
Home Economics and a minor in secondary/higher educa-
tion. She completed her Ph.D. in December of 1972 with a
major in child development/family living and minors in
counseling/guidance and Home Economics Education from
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 10- 14
5:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
PRE-K THROUGH 5TH GRADE
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Texas Woman's University in Denton.
She began her career as a vocational homemaking teacher
at Lubbock High School and a cooperating teacher educator
at Texas Tech University. She retired from Texas A&M
University-Commerce, as Professor Emerita, Texas A&M
University System Board of Regents. Prior to that, she
served as Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student
Affairs; Director, Freshman Success Seminar; and Head,
Department of Home Economics. She retired from the Pro-
vost/Vice President position in 2002 and continued in Volun-
tary Modified Employment until May of 2007.
The Omaha native has always been involved in profes-
sional organizations and has received numerous awards.
She has been a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society
International, a professional organization of key women
educators, for many years. She has served the organization
at the chapter, regional, state, and international levels and
has held almost every office and served on most committees
in her local chapter. She served as president of the state
organization from 2009-2011 and continues to serve the
organization and mentor women educators.
An honor gra duate of Pewitt High School, she has received
numerous awards from peers and community. A few of them
include Magna Cum Laude, Baccalaureate; Texas Associa-
tion of College Teachers Distinguished Teaching Award,
Alpha State scholarship recipient; Member in Print Award;
Alpha State Texas Achievement Award; and the Golden Gift
International Conference Representative at Cambridge
Vicki Tigert was born in the Concord Community of
Omaha, and grew up there. Her parents were Dee and Mae
Dorothy Tigert. She has two sisters, Janette Cook of Omaha
and Rebecca Whatley of Lone Star. She has been married to
Jerry Davis, an attorney, for 48 years and is the mother of
Jay, a computer engineer and attorney She and her husband
currently live in Campbell, Texas. She is very involved in
community activities, such as the advisory board for Con-
sumer and Family Life, Texas Agricultural Extension Ser-
vice, Hunt County; Coterie Culture Club; and DAR. She
enjoys traveling, reading/writing, creating, family heritage
and traditions, antiquing, collecting, shopping, decorating,
cross word puzzles, growing things, entertaining, exploring,
John and Janet Bryan
Friends of the Alumni Award
The 2012 Alumni Friends Award is being presented to
John and Janet Bryan of Naples.
John actually grew up in Naples and went to Naples Grade
School in the first grade. He then went to Daingerfield to
attend school, where his mother was a teacher, and gradu-
ated from there.
He and Janet have been back in Naples for the last 25
years and have been very involved in Naples and Omaha,
Pewitt Schools, Daingerfield community and schools, and
Northeast Texas Community College.
John and Janet met while in college at SMU in Dallas. She
earned her bachelor of arts degree and he earned his masters
degree in engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer
for Texas Instruments for a number of years.
He is currently chairman of the board of Texas Heritage
National Bank, and is a trustee at Northeast Texas Commu-
nity College also serving as a member of the board of the
Pewitt CISD Education Foundation.
Janet owns the Naples Gift Shop and serves as a director
of Texas Heritage National Bank. When she and John re-
turned to Naples, they purchased and began restoration on
three downtown Naples buildings, one that includes her gift
shop. Janet also serves as a member of the advisory commit-
tee for the Whatley Center of Performing Arts at NTCC.
The Bryans are both very involved in several local commu-
nities. They are members and have always been very sup-
portive of the Pewitt Alumni Association and the Pewitt
Education Foundation and our local chambers of commerce.
They are just as involved in the Daingerfield community and
Northeast Texas Community College. They are members of
the First United Methodist Church in Naples and are the
parents of three children, Charles, Jennifer and John Jr.
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