Carolyn G. Williams

Published 5:55 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

FRANKLIN — Mrs. Carolyn Griffin Williams died peacefully in her home on July 13, 2017, in Franklin, Virginia, at the age of 75.

Carolyn G. Williams

Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Everett Columbus Williams Jr. of Franklin; her brothers, Joseph “Joe” Clinton Griffin Jr. and his wife, Carolyn; and Charles Howard Griffin and his wife, Connie, all of Windsor, Virginia. She is also survived by uncle, Robert M. “Butler” Butler and his wife, Mary, of Colosse, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Clinton “J.C.” Griffin Sr.; mother, Elaine Butler Griffin; and aunts, Hattie G. Fitton and Violet Griffin, all of Windsor.

A native of Isle of Wight County, Carolyn was born on Feb. 20, 1942, in Windsor, to J.C. and Elaine Griffin.

She graduated from Windsor High School in 1960. Carolyn was married to Everett Williams on July 3, 1960, after which she followed him nationally and internationally in his Air Force and engineering career travels.

In all of the many places that she lived, Carolyn demonstrated an ability to form deeply caring relationships with those around her, always putting others before herself. While Carolyn was known for her homemaking, decorating and cooking skills, she was better known for being able to make people feel comfortable and loved, even in difficult situations. Although she had no children of her own, Carolyn will be largely remembered as a “mom” to many.

Carolyn’s health care had been primarily located in her home, supported by the medical efforts of Heartland Hospice and many other helpers including Cindy Smullen, who had cared for and assisted Carolyn for seven years. Other helpers included Raynette, Theresa, Debbie, Vicky, Joyce, Virginia and many others. A special note of gratitude is given to her niece, Melissa Darden, who has provided much comfort and assistance over the last few years.

Family and friends will be received for a visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, in Wright Funeral Home, Franklin. The funeral will take place in Franklin Baptist Church at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. The burial will follow at 3 p.m. in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater at P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA, 23541.