Mrs. Paulette Griffith Lawrence of West Jefferson, NC passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her mother's home in South Boston, VA. She was born in Richmond, VA on March 4, 1952 and was 68 years old. She was the daughter of the late Archie Ray Griffith Sr. and Lavonne DeHart Chernault who survives.
Paulette graduated from Randolph Henry High School, Charlotte Court House, VA, in 1970. During that year she was elected Head Majorette and Homecoming Queen. She would continue her studies and attend Ferrum College, earn a BS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and in 1991, receive her Master of Social Work degree from VCU as well. She worked as a social worker for a few years before becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She found her calling early in life and for the next 40 + years would dedicate her life to helping others cope with life's challenges, hurts and pains and help guide them to a point of peace and contentment. This was not only her job, it was her way of life personally as well. She always sought after, and found beauty in people and the world because she believed that all living creatures had a purpose and were deserving of nurture and love. This would show from the people she touched to the plants she planted to the honey bees she nurtured. The smiles, laughter, and beauty from people and nature was food for her soul. She was always basking in God's glory. Paulette leaves behind a beautiful legacy...a legacy of love. As we will all miss her, we can rest peacefully knowing that she resides in her new Heavenly home that God has provided.
Survivors include: One daughter, Casey Cruz, husband Luis of Orlando, FL. Her mother Lavonne D. Chernault of South Boston, VA. Two sisters, Patsy G. Hamlet, husband Eddie Mac of Halifax, VA. Barbara G. Moore, husband Dan of Midlothian, VA.
One brother Archie Griffith Jr., wife Carol of West Jefferson, NC
Two grandchildren, Austin and Mason Cruz.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 10 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in West Jefferson. Her ashes will be placed in a memorial at the bee apiary of Archie and Carol Griffith's residence, 621 Callaway Gap Rd., West Jefferson, NC
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