Carl Cranford

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Carl Cranford

Carl “Chief” Cranford, 80, of Hot Springs, died Monday, July 16, 2018. 

He was born March 15, 1938, in Foreman, the son of Clyde Alexander Cranford and Mary Lucinda Murphy Cranford. He married Phillis Norman on May 31, 1986. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Zede Lawrence Cranford; two brothers, Clyde Drew Cranford and Thomas Davis; and one sister, Ruth Wright.

Chief was a member of River of Life Church and was a retired pipe fitter.

He is survived by his wife, Phillis L. Cranford; four sons and one daughter-in-law, Charles and Vivian Harden, Charles Andru Cranford, Rodney Dearn Cranford and Steven C. Garland; one daughter and son-in-law, April and David Cansler; two grandchildren, Marisha Crain and Matthew Harden; one great-grandson, Jayton William Crain; one sister, Virginia Gray Robertson; and nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends. 

Services were 10 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, in the River of Life Church with the Rev. Lance Arguello and the Rev. Benjamin Wiles officiating. 

Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery in Amity under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home in Hot Springs. 

Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the funeral home. 

Pallbearers were Jack Henderson, Ricky Wehunt, Stephen Caravalho, Robert Arguello, Bill Roseberry and Paul Graves. Honorary pallbearers were Chief’s River of Life Church family. 

Guest registry is at 

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616