Marietta Clapper 85, of Buffalo Mills formerly of Grandy, NC, died on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Pennknoll Village Nursing Home. She was born on May 5, 1936, in Everett, a daughter of the late Samuel and Helen (Kagarise) Staily Sr. On May 16, 1953, in Fort Campbell, KY, she married John W. Clapper Sr. who preceded her in death on September 23, 1999. She is survived by two sons: John W. Clapper Jr. of Bedford, and Mark A. Clapper and wife Judy of Buffalo Mills, an ex-daughter-in-law Kandis Robinson of Louisville, KY; six grandchildren: Kristin Marlowe and husband Alex of Louisville, KY; Travis Clapper of Shelton, WA; Justin Clapper and wife Shayla of Buffalo Mills; Jordan and Jarrod Clapper both of Buffalo Mills; and Tyler Robinson and wife Jessica of Virginia Beach , VA; four great grandchildren: Jared, Mackenzie, Madison, and Idalee; and one brother, Samuel Staily Jr. and wife Peggy of Everett.
Marietta graduated from Everett High School and was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. She had a deep passion and enjoyed working with children. She never knew a stranger and created friends wherever she went. She loved her family whole heartedly and unconditionally and always shared her love openly. Marietta and her mother owned Staily’s Day Care in Everett. She retired from this area and moved to the Outer Banks. She worked at Kitty Hawk Elementary School and coordinated their after school program for the children. She loved to sing and had a great vocal voice. She shared her musical talent by singing in church choirs, community choirs, and barber shop quartets on the Outer Banks. She volunteered with the Visiting Angels that helped care for the elderly and N.E.S.T. program which provided care for endangered turtles. After her retirement she enjoyed traveling with her “beach bum” friends to Myrtle Beach and Florida where they made great memories. She will be missed by all and is now singing gloriously in heaven’s choir.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford, with Rev. Ryan Viands officiating. Burial at Steele Cemetery in Hopewell. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 9 - 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made in Marietta’s name to N.E.S.T, P.O. Box 1073, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Our online guest book is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.
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