Clifford Ray Grosvenor
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Clifford Ray Grosvenor
  • February 26, 1926 - November 5, 2017
  • Clayton, North Carolina

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Clifford Ray Grosvenor, 91, passed away on November 5, 2017. He was the son of the late Robert Parker Grosvenor and Edna Bertha Grosvenor of Chester, IL. Mr. Grosvenor served in the Army Engineers in World War II. He was a retired mechanical engineer and sales executive, receiving his education at the Army Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir, VA, Jefferson College and Washington University, St. Louis, MO and University of Louisville, KY.

He worked for Bechtel Corp at various locations, Sverdrup and Parcel in St. Louis, MO, and Girdler Corp, Louisville, KY. He was VP of sales and marketing and subsequent CEO for Carmody Corp, Buffaloe, NY. When Carmody Corp was purchased by Simulation Products Div. of Singer, CO, he became manager of commercial international sales and marketing.

In 1973, he and his wife founded and operated Southern Lights & Southern Furniture of Cary and Raleigh, NC until 1984. They moved to Sarasota, FL and he became involved in residential real estate, holding Florida and North Carolina real estate licenses. In July 2001, he retired and moved to Sunset Beach, NC, living there until 2006 when he returned to the Raleigh/Clayton area to be closer to family.

Mr. Grosvenor is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Grosvenor; sons, Robert Spencer of Raleigh and David Cass of Willow Spring; daughters, Linda Sue Savage of Fuquay-Varina and Nancy Ann Brightup of Sunset Beach, NC; sister Betty Kern of LaHabra, CA; seven stepbrothers and sisters; grandsons, Aaron Cuadra, Simon Grosvenor and Jonathan Savage; granddaughters, Jancy Crowder, Emily Temple and Christina Grosvenor; and great-grandchildren, Carly and Makenna Savage and Jackson and Chase Temple. He was predeceased by a daughter, Janice Rae Cuadra of San Francisco, CA.

He was a past Rotarian, a Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA since 1952. He was a current member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC.

Over the years, his dedication and love for his family was only exceeded by his love and devotion to his wife of 73 years.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh with a visitation starting at 11am. There will be a private burial in Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3120 New Hope Rd., Raleigh,NC 27604.