Virginia "Kitten" Catherine Francis

Saturday, April 4, 1931 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Loving and Caring Lady

Photo of Virginia "Kitten" Catherine Francis  - 1931-2019

Waynesville- Virginia Catherine James Francis of Francis Cove, known affectionately by her family and friends as “Kitten,” passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

A native of Haywood County, Kitten was the daughter of the late Jesse Carr James and the late Connie Burnette James. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter and Ed James and sisters, Margaret James Boone and Linda James Brown. She was married to the late Robert Henry Francis of Haywood County.

She will continue to live in the hearts of her children and their spouses: Carolyn Francis Collins and Michael Collins, William Robert Francis, Jay Pinkney Francis and Allison Howey Francis, James Henry Francis and Debra Swan Francis, and John Carr Francis and Susan McCracken Francis. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Eleanor James Justice.

Anyone who ever met Kitten quickly found that she was an outgoing, friendly and humorous lady who cared more for the good of others than for herself. To know Kitten was to love her…and be loved back forever.

The family will hold a short gathering of family and friends at Encouraging Word Baptist Church in Waynesville at 5:30 pm, Saturday, November 9, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Encouraging Word Baptist Church Building Fund at PO Box 797, Waynesville, NC 28786, and also to Francis Cove Methodist Church at PO Box 843, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Francis family.

Condolences from family and friends


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To all the Francis Family: Kitten was always a pleasure to be around and I missed her once my own parents passed away. May she rest in peace. May you heal with your family strength.
Jane McKay Stamey
It was a true honor to have known Kitten. She was one of the finest individuals I’ve ever known. She had true mountain spirit and a heart of gold. Kitten will be forever missed. My condolences to all of the family.
Erika Smith
Knew Ms. Francis at Bethel High School. She was a sweet lady. To all family.. Love and Prayers..
Ruby Crumpler
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She’s a kind and caring person with a huge heart and beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I love you all.
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She’s a kind and caring person with a huge heart and beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I love you all.
To John, James, Carolyn, Bill and Jay, What a journey we have all been on starting when the Francis and Freeman family went on vacations for many years and the times we spent at their house. I remember the Chow doggie that we were all afraid of and that beautiful house. I can hear Kitten laughing now when I shut my eyes. She was just a joy to be around but now she could get a little attitude and tell you like it was, I loved that about her. The family went to the farm many times and she was always in the office where we would sit and talk with her and Bob and the boys. RIP Kitten, we loved you.
Gwen Freeman Nicholson
I was so sorry to hear of Kitten's passing. She was one of my favorite people. Always smiling, even through physical pain and life's adversity. She was inspirational to all who knew her, and I was blessed with her friendship and kinship. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeanie ferguson
So very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thad & Lee Woods