OBITUARY

Mildred Frances "Fran" Smith Griffin

August 17, 1934May 1, 2019
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Charlotte - Mrs. Griffin, 84, passed away at home on May 1, 2019. She was born on August 17, 1934 in McDowell County, NC, the oldest child of the late Earl J. Smith, Sr. and the late Blanche E. Robinson Smith. Fran was married to the late Calvin T. Griffin for 56 years, and was the beloved mother and grandmother of three daughters and one grandson. She was the nurturing big “Sister” to eight younger siblings. She was a devoted wife and mother, a talented homemaker, a thrifty businesswoman, a gifted seamstress, and possessed an amazing green thumb. She was adored by everyone who knew her, especially children and animals. She had the smallest size in the family, but possessed the biggest and mightiest of hearts.

Fran moved to Charlotte after graduating from high school in McDowell County in 1952. She lived and worked as a secretary in the Dilworth neighborhood, and she also modelled for Harris-Hart Clothing Store. She met her beloved husband, Calvin, in 1953 in Dilworth through mutual friends while he was home on leave from service in the United States Army, and they married in July 1954. She took great joy in their three daughters and grandson, who in turn were devoted to her.

Fran and Calvin built many houses in and around Charlotte, and she was instrumental in making design and decoration decsions for the homes they built. She was also Calvin’s partner in their HUD Home Inspection business.

Fran’s family includes: Beverly Griffin (daughter) and John Adams, Jr. (grandson) of Charlotte; Cindy and Benny Wilson (daughter and son-in-law) of Locust; and Leslie Griffin (daughter) of Lenoir. Her siblings are: Earl Smith, Jr. of Charlotte; Tom Smith of Marion, NC; Mary Jane Smith of Marion, NC; the late George Smith; Nancy Smith of Prescott, AZ; Margaret Smith of Charlotte; Johnny Smith of Myrtle Beach, SC; and Kathy Lamb of Old Fort, NC. She also had numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the chapel of Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. The family will receive friends after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation at www.alzinfo.org.

Services

  • Service to Honor Mildred's Life Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Tracy Smith

May 11, 2019

To Leslie, Cindy, Beverly, and John - Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Mark/Sandy Hagler

May 8, 2019

So many wonderful memories of this precious lady. Always by our Uncle Calvin's side and oh how he adored her. A love story for the ages. We will surely miss her, but Uncle Calvin will have her by his side once again. Our prayers and support go out to the entire family.

Love,

Mark and Sandy

Laura Callahan Dixon

May 7, 2019

It was with great sadness that we learned of Fran's passing.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help you through these trying times.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God bless,
Mickey, Laura, Jackson & Katelyn

Deb and Doug Callahan

May 7, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the entire family on the passing of their beloved sister, mother and grandmother. I called her Mom, too, as she has been in my life for so many years and feel like her daughters are my sisters, I love you all dearly, wonderful girls! She was so soft spoken, modest and gracious, a true lady in every sense of the word. Her sense of style was classic and elegant, a trait passed on to her daughters. The wedding dress she made for Cindy showed an immense talent for creating a bride's wishes, a real lasting memory for a mother and daughter. She possessed the gift of an artist, not with a brush, something much broader than that. It's hard to put it into words, but in her quiet inner self there must have been rivers of colors and textures flowing constantly. She and Dad were quite a pair, may God rest their souls. God bless you girls, love you so much. You three are the perfect example of 'honor thy mother and father', your constant care and concern for their welfare, even in these last hardest days, shows the character and integrity and love for God and family with which you were raised. A chapter has closed but what a great story, our love to the family, may you have peace.

Estella Rochester

May 4, 2019

TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES IN THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR LOVE ONE. DURING THIS DISTRESSING AND CRITICAL TIME HARD TO DEAL WITH MAY THESE INSPIRED WORDS BE OF GREAT SPIRITUAL COMFORT TODAY AND WEEKS AHEAD.
PSALMS 37:29 " THE RIGHTEOUS WILL POSSESS THE EARTH AND THEY WILL LIVE FOREVER ON IT."

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