OBITUARY

Claire Chilton Parfitt

July 22, 1960October 19, 2020
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Claire’s life was cut short by pancreatic cancer Monday, October 19 at 60 years old. She gave it a good fight for 13 months!

Claire was a rare native Charlottean, and enjoyed friendships dating from her days at Smith Junior High and Olympic High School. After making more friends at ASU she enjoyed a successful career in sales in the Charlotte area. It was at UPS that she met her husband and the love of her life, Sheldon Parfitt. Claire’s lasting impressions are her wicked sense of humor, appreciation of anyone’s sharp wit, easy laugh and striking smile, and ability to take great pleasure in the small things (especially candles and fresh flowers).

She made us laugh until her dying day, surrounded by family and friends. She left us with many funny “Claire-isms” and memories of misunderstood song lyrics.

Our family was fortunate in that the ‘3 Chilton girls’ have always been close, including geographically. Claire is survived by her husband Sheldon, sisters Leslie Blum (Greg) and Janet (Jerry) Ratchford of Charlotte and nieces & nephews Allie Blum, Cole Blum, John Ratchford and Jordan Ratchford; step-sons Cary Parfitt (Kira) of Cartersville, GA , Chris Parfitt (Ashton) of Boca Raton, FL and Kelly Parfitt (Sophie) of Delray Beach, FL plus five grandchildren; and step-brothers Neil (Amy) Griffin of Clemmons and David Griffin of Charlotte, step-nephew William Griffin, step-niece Julia Griffin and step-nephew Ben Griffin.

Claire was predeceased by her parents John Chilton, Helen Chilton Griffin and Norris Griffin. On Friday, October 30 following a family graveside service there will be a celebration of Claire’s life at 1:30 PM at Park Road Baptist Church (3900 Park Road, Charlotte). Please wear your mask- individual guests or family groups will be seated 6 feet apart and additional COVID safety measures will be in place. For those who wish to honor Claire, virtually, please do so. We will stream from the "Park Road Church" Facebook page (NOT the church's Facebook group) beginning around 1:15 PM: https://www.facebook.com/parkroadchurch.

If you are so moved, please consider a donation to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to remember Claire.

Arrangements are by McEwen Funeral Service.

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  • A Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 30, 2020

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Sonny Corley

November 1, 2020

Although I have not seen Claire in many years since our days at Appalachian, I still remember her great laugh and smile as if it were yesterday. Claire and I used to try and see which one of us could make the other laugh harder. I think it was always a draw, but we sure could be silly while doing it. I am grateful for the memories I have of Claire. She was one of a kind.

I will miss her.



Phil Brooks

October 30, 2020

I was so very saddened to hear about Claire. I know she had that great smile and sense of humor right to the end. I will always remember her smile and the great hugs she always gave. My prayers go out to her family.

Lisa Duffy

October 30, 2020

Claire and I did not know each other when we became roommates our 2nd semester freshman year at Appalachian. My roommate went back home and Claire fought so much with her’s she asked if she could live with me. I agreed and prayed she was not the problem! And of course, she was not. We were very different people but we lived together well. Claire was a good friend - loyal, generous, fun and a bit of an instigator! She always woke up early she would let me sleep in some but would go get our morning chocolate milk to bribe me awake. Just this summer she called me over to give me a tee shirt when 2 women sizes arrived from an online order (sorry Sheldon!). I will miss her kindness, quick wit, hugs, singing happy birthday on my voice mail and her beautiful laugher. I will miss her friendship but I know a part of her is with me always. Love and prayers to Sheldon, Leslie, Janet, all the family and friends who love her.

Kim Hill

October 27, 2020

Claire and I became great friends while at ASU. When we both discovered we shared the same birthday, same year she started calling herself my younger twin. (Actually I think she rubbed it in that she was younger than me, lol.) And that is how an incredible 40-year friendship began. I didn’t see Claire every day but one phone call or visit and it was like we were never apart. In this crazy world Claire could wrap you in her laughter and love and everything else just didn’t matter. We all will miss you my friend. 💕 Kim

Robert Dartnall

October 25, 2020

I’m so very sorry to hear of Claire’s battle with cancer and her passing. We were friends during those years at Smith & Olympic, most always in the same home room. Her kindness, smiles and laughter were always fun to be around; I know she will be missed greatly by those close to her. May God Bless You All during this time of mourning.

Steve Ghent

October 25, 2020

I worked with Claire years ago and remember her for her sense of humor. She was always a great co-worker and such fun to be around.

Patsy King

October 25, 2020

I worked with Claire at PYA. We always had lots of fun. Very sweet. I kept Claire in my prayers. May God give her family peace and comfort.
Love Patsy King

Dawn Hagin

October 24, 2020

I remember Claire growing up as always a tall beautiful blonde at the pool at Carolina. She had such a beautiful smile. My heart is with you. With much love, Dawn Hagin

Gerald Ratchford

October 24, 2020

I remember Claire at Family Get-Togethers. She was always friendly and anxious to talk to new people. I always enjoyed our conversations. I will pray for her soul.

Rita Parfitt

October 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Praying God will give you the strength required to help you through this difficult time. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there to say Good Bye to Claire.

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