Clara Scroggins Gilmer passed away on November 30, 2018, at the age of 75, in Columbus, Mississippi. Mrs. Gilmer was born on September 28, 1943, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She was a graduate of the Mississippi University for Women and taught school for 31 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an amazing teacher. She often joked that she had taught English to half of the residents of Lowndes County, as during her career, she taught at Lee High School, Caldwell High School, New Hope High School and Caledonia High School. She served several years on the Lowndes County Library Board and also served as President of the Gideonís Ladies Auxiliary. And, most importantly, she was a faithful follower of Christ, serving and teaching Bible Study Fellowship and Sunday School at New Salem Baptist Church in Caledonia, Mississippi for many years. Mrs. Gilmer is preceded in death by her father, Ray Scroggins; mother, Edna Scroggins; and granddaughter, Joy Kathryn Causey. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 53 years, John Gilmer; two daughters, Julie Bennett (Phil) of Fort Worth, Texas and Kim Causey (Ray) of Brandon, Mississippi; three grandsons, John Bennett, Nate Bennett and Will Causey; two brothers, Barney Ray Scroggins of Flora, Mississippi and Raymond Scroggins of Yazoo City, Mississippi; two sisters, Alice Brooks of Bentonia, Mississippi and Charlotte Hogue of Brandon, Mississippi; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was held Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 at New Salem Baptist Church in Caledonia, Mississippi. Funeral Services were held Monday, December 3, 2018, at 10:00 at New Salem Baptist Church, with interment at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Vernon, Alabama. Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home & Crematory, College Street handled all arrangements. Pallbearers will be Phil Bennett, Ray Causey, Glenn Gilmer, Johnny Gilmer, David Lockhart, Robbie Hogue, Ray Scroggins, John Bennett and Nate Bennett. Honorary Pallbearers are Gary Holtman, Max Watson, Lewis Cantrell, Jim Smith, Stan Bates, Frank Howell and the men of the New Salem Adult Sunday School classes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 4, 2018
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