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Frances "Fran" R. (Varnes) Griffin

1932 ~ 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Frances "Fran" Griffin Obituary

Frances “Fran” R. Griffin, 91, of Neeses passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, with her sister by her side.

Fran was born in Orangeburg County to the late John Henry Varnes and the late Sennie Walling Varnes.  She graduated from Willow High School, now known as HKT in 1950.  After high school she worked for several years with Southern Bell as a telephone operator.  She decided she wanted to serve her country, so she enlisted in the United States Air Force.  Fran was employed with a local insurance company for the remainder of her employment years until her retirement. Fran was a Faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church for over 50 years. She served in many capacities including church secretary and church treasurer. Though she had no biological children, she was a mother and grandmother to so many children over the years.  In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working in her yard.  Every year she looked forward to hanging her hummingbird feeders and waiting for them to come.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack R. Griffin, sister, Gladys V. Adcox, brothers, Henry “Buster” Horace Varnes and Samson “Mac” MacArthur Varnes.

Survivors include her sister, Gertie Spires; a number of nieces and nephews and her fur baby, “Sammie.”

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Bethel Baptist Church, 3705 Cope Road, Cope.  Rev. Dennis Hall and Pastor Charlie Snipes will be officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 4, 2023, prior to the funeral service.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Vernon Skinner, Don Brunson, Jared Brunson, Michael Millender, Drew Inabinet, Zachary Millender, Angie Skinner and Warren Brunson.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church at 3705 Cope Road, Cope, S.C. 29038.

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November 4, 2023

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church
3705 Cope Road
Cope, SC 29038

Funeral Service
November 4, 2023

3:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church
3705 Cope Road
Cope, SC 29038


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