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April 17, 1939 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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On April 17, 1939, a beacon of class, elegance and unwavering faith entered the world, born to the proud parents, the late Arthur and Virginia Choate. Wilma Clapps, or "Auntie" as she was affectionately known for her bold and tenacious spirit, set the stage for a life defined by excellence, love, passion and an undeniable work ethic. On Sunday morning, January 28, 2024, Wilma peacefully transitioned to be with the Lord, leaving behind a legacy that will forever illuminate in our hearts.
For 25 years, Wilma was a faithful employee of River Hills Country Club. Her presence became an integral part of the community she so dearly cherished; her commitment and work ethic unparalleled as she devoted herself wholeheartedly to service, earning the respect and affection of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Wilma's faith was the guiding force in her life. A devoted member of Liberty Hill AME Zion Church, she not only attended services with a heart full of love, but also contributed selflessly to various church activities. Her unwavering dedication to her faith was a symbol of courage, inspiration and strength for those around her.
Wilma was not just a woman of substance but a paragon of style and sass. Her impeccable taste and sense of elegance were evident in every aspect of her life. She was able to light up a room with her infectious laughter, while exuding a rare and captivating charm that left a lasting impression on all who crossed her path.
In addition to her parents, a son whom she deeply loved, Eugene Clapps preceded her in death; along with several beloved siblings: John "Bubba" Choates; Elsie Weems, Neil "Perry" Choate, Jimmy Choate, and Doris Choate.
Wilma's love for her family and friends knew no bounds, and her nurturing spirit created a haven of warmth and support for those fortunate enough to know her personally. She leaves behind to cherish loving memories two amazing and loving children, George "Ralph" Clapps II and Wilma "Jeanie" Williams; two brothers, Roy Choate (Cynthia) and Ray Choate, Sr.; five grandchildren: Gwendolyn "Renee" Clapps, Alicia Williams, Ginger Clapps, George Clapps III, and Demetrius Daniels; four beautiful great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.
In celebrating Wilma's life, let us remember the lessons she imparted--the importance of faith, the value of hard work, and the beauty of a life well-lived. May her legacy live on the hearts of those who were touched by her grace, style and unwavering love.