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Clara (Chapman) Pendergrass

April 1, 1924 ~ November 29, 2017 (age 93)

The Piano Brothers

Mrs. Clara Chapman Pendergrass, age 93, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2017 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of McDowell County, Clara was born on April 1, 1924 to the late Grandon and Augusta Hefner Chapman.  Called to serve her country during World War II, she worked in The Pentagon at the young age of seventeen.  Following the war she returned to her hometown and married the man who would become her husband of 66 years, Graham Pendergrass.  They moved to Kingsport, Tennessee and raised a family there.  She was employed there with the American Saint Gobain Company, a glass manufacturer.  Upon retirement, they moved back to Marion where they became much involved in community affairs.  She was a volunteer with Hospice of McDowell County and they also worked with the Meals on Wheels program.  A longtime, active member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church, she loved her church family and greatly missed being able to attend worship services recently.  Her strong Christian faith, optimistic character, and the love of her family carried her through the trials of her recent declining health.  Clara loved her family deeply and her family and many friends will miss her very much.

 

Clara leaves behind her loving husband, Graham Pendergrass, of the home; three children, Dan Brown of Ashford, Philip Pendergrass and wife Vicki of Chesapeake City, MD, and Patricia Davis and husband Lonnie of Bluff City, TN; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

A service to celebrate her home going will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Cross Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan Bennett and Rev. Douglas Prevette officiating.  The family will receive friend from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice of McDowell at 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC  28752.  The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to caregivers Talina Holloway and Willa Gibbs, and to the entire Hospice staff, for the loving care given to Clara during her illness.


 Service Information

Visitation
Saturday
December 2, 2017

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cross Memorial Baptist Church
15 Cross Memorial Baptist Church Loop
Marion, North Carolina 28752

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 2, 2017

2:00 PM
Cross Memorial Baptist Church
15 Cross Memorial Baptist Church Loop
Marion, North Carolina 28752


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