DURHAM: Cornelia “Connie” Grissom McLeod, 88, died Monday in Duke Hospital following a brief illness.
A native of Vance County, she was born June 6, 1924 to Charlie and Effie Glenn Grissom. Connie graduated from Peace College, after which she began working in the offices of Golden Belt Manufacturing Co. She married Randall A. McLeod, her husband of 62 years, whom she met on a blind date. For many years, she worked alongside her husband in their Durham business, Piedmont Printers.
Connie was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was a faithful Tuesday afternoon office volunteer. She was active in Presbyterian Women’s organization, serving as the treasurer for many years. Connie was awarded an honorary life membership in Presbyterian Women in 1996. She was known for her quilting and handicrafts, and initiated the Presbyterian Women’s Chrismon making project, which continues to decorate the church Christmas tree annually. Together she and Randall enjoyed dining out and travel over the years. Connie took a keen interest in others, savoring the stories of people’s lives.
Surviving are her husband, Randall A. McLeod; sisters, Beth G. Bussey of Greensboro, Edith G. Shelden of Raleigh and Rachel Grissom of Durham; 10 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Friday in First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Joseph Harvard, III and Marilyn Hedgpeth officiating. A reception will follow.
Gifts in Connie’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Durham 27701. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.