Florence Griswold Evans, 103, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. A funeral was held Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m., from Hopewell Methodist Church with Rev. Pat McWhorter officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery at Shopton with Gray Funeral Home directing. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Lifelong resident of Bullock County, Florence Louise Griswold was born September 11, 1916. She became a mother figure to her baby brother, Fleming, at a very young age. We love the story of Uncle Flem leaving his first grade class to find her.
A member of Hopewell Methodist Church, she was a dear sister, a devoted wife, a loving mother to three children, a grandmother to six plus blessed spouses and a great grandmother to eight.
She was a tender teacher, an affectionate story teller, an instructor of the Bible, a lover of fashion, with many years working at the Fair Company, and a life-long gift to all she touched. She married Marius Tompkins Evans on June 30, 1936 and together they provided a loving home to their children on the family farm.
They opened their home to many other family members throughout the years—grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as cousins reaching far across this country.
She was preceded in death by her husband: M. T. Evans and daughter: Enola Evans Bozeman.
She is survived by her daughter: Becke Evans Blanton and son: Cliff (Lee Rainer) Evans; grandchildren: Laura Bozeman (John) Smith, John Evans, Paul (Tori Tompkins) Bozeman, Bryan (Sela Stoud) Blanton, Sallie (Justin) Evans Simpson, Allison Blanton (Alban) Stewart; great-grandchildren: Sam, Sarah and Will Smith, Jacob and Matthew Simpson and Evan Blanton, Kelsey Bozeman, Camden Sutton, many nieces and nephews and a faithful caretaker: Regina Swanson.
Pallbearers were grandsons: John Evans, Paul Bozeman, Bryan Blanton, John Smith, Justin Simpson and Ban Stewart.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hopewell United Methodist Church, 16534 Highway 82, Union Springs, AL 36089, c/o Jodie Knowles or the Methodist Children’s Home, 4001 Carmichael Road, Suite 235, Montgomery, AL.