Clara Lee Huguley
Clara Lee Huguley, 80, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
The daughter of Jewell and Clarence Carroll of Cleveland, she grew up attending South Cleveland United Methodist Church.
A competitive player in female sports, she was manager, also, of the ladies' basketball team at Bradley Central High School, from where she graduated. After receiving her bachelor's degree at Tennessee Wesleyan, she taught first grade at Arnold Elementary School. A graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Masters of Christian Education, she taught first grade, also, at Fernbank Elementary School in Decatur, Ga. An erudite, articulate, and deeply spiritual person, married in 1964, she did post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with some of the greatest minds in psychology in the 1970s, including Ken Newton and her best friend, Bertha Williams. A first-grade teacher and substitute for many years in many different places during her husband's ministry throughout the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, including Dunlap Elementary School, she directed the Loving Care Learning Center daycare in Boones Creek in the mid 1980s. Retiring with her husband in 2001, she became a member of First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Ga.
In the summer of 2016, she and her husband moved to Birmingham, Ala., where she spent many happy days with her husband, Bennie, son, Benlee, and daughter-in-law, Mary, who survive her.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Rick. If how much love one has shown — and how much kindness one has radiated — lead to pomp and circumstance in heaven, no one in many years will have received a greater welcome there than she.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from noon until 1 p.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road., Birmingham, Ala., with the funeral at 1 p.m. Central Time.
A reception will be held after the service.
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