Alice Ruth Teets Huggins Clawges passed away on June 10, 20021 in her home. She was 88.
Alice is preceded in death by her husbands Harlin “Chip” Huggins and Robert “Bob” Clawges; her parents Edna Lucille Brafford Teets and Theodore Roosevelt Teets; her sister Betty Teets Barker; her brother James “Jim” Teets; and her son-in-law David H. Tucker.
Alice is survived by her children, Ginger Huggins Tucker of Terra Alta, West Virginia; Patti Huggins Longnecker and husband Paul, Mary Clawges Baker and husband Robert, Robert “Bob” Clawges, Jr. and wife Jennifer; and Dawn Clawges Bean and husband John, all of Wilmington. Her nine grandchildren, Bevian Tucker of Terra Alta, WV; Cassidy Tucker Divver and husband Michael of Friendship, MD; Parker Wahnefried, Lee Longnecker and fiancé Emily Ulip, Stevie Longnecker, Allison Baker, Briar Wahnefried, Chris Clawges and wife Amanda, and Cody Clawges all of Wilmington and three great-grandchildren, Vada, Mahala and Miska Divver of Friendship, MD. She is also survived by her brother Theodore Teets and wife Lydia of Richmond, VA and numerous nieces and nephews, and Bonner Karver who has been Mom’s best friend for over 80 years. We cannot forget about Molly, her faithful poodle mix who never left her side for over twelve years.
Alice was born in Granville, West Virginia to Edna Lucille Brafford Teets and Theodore Roosevelt Teets on January 28, 1933. She grew up on a farm during the depression with her family and her extended family nearby. Although life was hard during the depression Alice had fond memories of her childhood including riding horses in the pasture, learning to sew on her Grandmother’s pedal sewing machine, baking with her Mother, and as she grew up, she loved going to dances with her brothers. Her mother taught by example to never let anyone go hungry. People would show up at the family’s house and ask for a meal and no one was ever turned away. Alice always prepared enough food at any meal for an extra person or two.
Alice and Bob owned Bob Clawges Moving and Storage in Westover, West Virginia before retiring to Carolina Beach in 1977. Alice was a master seamstress and quilter. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Wrightsboro United Methodist Church. Over the years she volunteered for many charitable organizations. In Wilmington she volunteered for Brunswick and New Hanover County senior centers helping with sewing and crafts. For many years she volunteered with the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair.
Alice raised her children to be strong and independent. She installed the same work ethic in her children that was installed in her. Widowed twice with minor children she taught her daughters to be self-reliant. She was the quintessential Grandma baking cookies, pies and cakes and making quilts, dolls, and clothes for her grandchildren. She loved to read. She never watched TV, but always had a good book nearby when she was relaxing.
The family would like to thank Cathy House and Sara Huber for their help and dedication to Alice during her last years. We could not have kept her at home without your help.
To honor Mom’s wishes her children will hold a graveside service on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Oleander Memorial Gardens in Wilmington, NC.
Honorariums can be made to the Wrightsboro United Methodist Church’s food pantry or any food pantry of your choice.
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