Odessa S. Griggs



Chesterfield, SC

Mrs. Odessa S. Griggs, age 97, passed away at her home in Chesterfield, surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Funeral Services will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Thompson Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Dr. Ronnie Grizzle and Brent Taylor with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, July 24, 2017 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

The eldest of nine children, Odessa was born at home on April 28, 1920 in Chesterfield, SC to the late Luther M. and Clara Moore Sellers. She attended the Wexford School and graduated from Ruby High School in 1939. On September 14, 1940, she married the late Baxter Hart Griggs.

Odessa was a dedicated homemaker until 1959 when she joined the workforce with McLeod’s Tape Mill, later known as Chesterfield Webbing. Odessa retired at the age of 69. Upon her retirement, she became an in-home caregiver to several elderly ladies in the Chesterfield County area.

Odessa was a caring, loving, giving, hardworking mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great–great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family, attending church and gardening. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of Thompson Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, Odessa was also preceded in death by her sister, Dot S. Tarleton; brothers, Luther M. Sellers, Jr., Murray Sellers, William Sellers, and Bobby J. Sellers.

She is survived by her daughters, Pat (Cam) Locklear of the home, Peggy (Mickey) Hurst of Chesterfield, SC; brothers, James (Dot) Sellers of High Point, NC, and Donald (Carolyn) Sellers of Chesterfield, SC; sister, Ruby Morgan of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Robin (Ronnie) Brown of Verona, VA, Penny (Dale) Wilkerson of Chesterfield, SC, Shane (Denise) Hurst of Buford, GA, and Cammie Locklear of the home; great grandchildren, Matthew (Amber Casstevens) Brown, Andrew (Kim Corns) Brown, Ben (Bethany) Brown, Megan (Nate) Gardner, Logan (Trent Allen) Wilkerson, Davin Wilkerson, Danielle Pintor, Jessica Hurst, and Sara Hurst; great-great grandchildren, Ryan, Chloe, Ethan, Chance, and Cason; and daughter of the heart, Dottie Ann Lowery of Chesterfield, SC.

The family requests that memorials may be made to Thompson Creek Baptist Church “Cemetery Fund” c/o Linda Mills, 1285 Wexford Street, Ruby, SC 29741; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814, or Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC
(www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Griggs Family