Clara Dee Griffith



Clara Dee Banner Griffith, age 86 of Forest City died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at her residence. Dee was born September 18, 1930 in Burnsville, North Carolina and was a daughter of the late Edgar and Bessie Harris Banner. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City and was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles L. Griffith in 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Charles H. "Chuck" Griffith of the home and Dr. Scott B. Griffith and wife, Stacey of Rutherfordton; two daughters, Teresa Chandler and husband, Ted of Burlington, NC and Dr. Dee Dee Bright and husband, Matt of Forest City; twelve grandchildren, Taylor and wife Amanda, Lee and wife Kristen, Laurie, David and Amanda Griffith; Trey, Clara, and Griffith Chandler; and South, Sawyer, Deecon, and Sullivan Bright. There are also two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Edison Griffith.

Funeral services will be held at three o'clock Thursday in the First United Methodist Church of Forest City with Reverend Dr. Neil Haynes officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Interment will be private for the family in the Cool Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chucks' Place, c/o Rutherford Life Services, 230 Fairground Road, Spindale, North Carolina 28160. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at