Funeral services for Naomi Henrietta Griffin McCutchen will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the Bishopville Presbyterian Church at 3 P.M. Interment with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at Hancock Elmore Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville from 5 to 7 P.M Tuesday. Mrs. McCutchen passed away peacefully Sunday, October 06, 2013, at McCoy Memorial Nursing Center.
Mrs. McCutchen, daughter of the late Naomi Geddings and Charles Lawrence Griffin was born February 21, 1916 in Paxville, SC. She was a member of the Greatest Generation, being born two years before World War I ended, a child during the Roaring 20's, a teen during the Great Depression and a young adult coming of age during World War II where she learned to value family, friends, and faith.
Mrs. McCutchen graduated as the Salutatorian of Pinewood High School in 1932 and was also the last surviving member of her class. She attended Tuomey School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She served as an army nurse with the rank of Second Lieutenant during WWII. One of her most challenging assignments was as a nurse to German Prisoners of War at Moore General Hospital in North Carolina. Later she went on to become Director of Nurses at the Lee County Memorial Hospital in Bishopville. She retired from nursing in 1977.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gregg McCutchen, Jr. of Bishopville in 1961. They had three children, Elizabeth Simon (Billy) of Lugoff, William Gregg McCutchen, III (Jenny) of Bishopville and Martha Gray (Ashby) of Lugoff. She was blessed with six grandchildren: Bo Simon (Suzanne), Belle Simon Branham, Rhetta Cloyd (Ed), Travis Pate (Michelle), Gregg McCutchen (Christie), and Lisa Klutz (Tom); and twelve great grandchildren: Lindsey Simon, Wade Branham, Grace Branham, Haley Cloyd, Katie Cloyd, Holland Cloyd, Hampton Cloyd, Alyssa Pate, Noah Pate, Drew Martin, Jacob Klutz, and Edward Klutz. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Aycock of Sumter, and sister-in-law Naomay ''Bunch'' Griffin. She was also predeceased by brothers, Charles Griffin, Graham Griffin, and Rhinehart Griffin; sister, Janette McLeod; and a special first cousin, Gladys Evelyn Pridgen (Al) of Pinewood. She also is survived by nieces, Cissy Synder, Virginia Cox, Beatrice McCormick, Laura Morris, Libby Aycock, and Lois Brown; and nephews, Charles Griffin, Calhoun Aycock, Don McLeod, and Wade McLeod. She was predeceased by nephews, Rhinehart Griffin and Steve Griffin; and niece, Bessie Cogburn.
Mrs. McCutchen was active as a member of the Bishopville Presbyterian Church, Ladies Sunday School class, Morning Circle, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was recognized on her 90th birthday by the Honorable Grady Brown with a Certificate of Merit from the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Her family and friends will remember her as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and dedicated nurse. She was also devoted to her parents and grandparents and she dearly loved her brothers and sisters and their families. She believed in praying and the power of prayer. She began her morning reading her Bible, Daily Bread, and studying her Sunday school lesson.
The family would like to express special thanks to caregivers, Ruby Anderson, Melissa Simon and Ginny Bryant, and also recognize Kershaw
Health Hospice (Renda, Ruth, Megan and Chaplain Brian) for all their care and compassion as well as medical service. Special thanks to the staff at McCoy's Memorial Nursing Center.
Memorials may be made to the Bishopville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 66, Bishopville, SC 29010.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.
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