Clara Lee Huguley

Published 5:53 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Clara Lee Huguley, age 80, passed away on Sept. 30, 2017.  The daughter of Jewell and Clarence Carroll of Cleveland, Tennessee, she grew up attending South Cleveland United Methodist Church. A competitive player in female sports, she also was manager of the ladies’ basketball team at Bradley County 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 also taught first grade at Fernbank Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia.  An erudite, articulate, and deeply spiritual person, married in 1964, Mrs. Huguley did postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with some of the greatest minds in Psychology in the nineteen seventies, 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 at Dunlap Elementary School, Mrs. Huguley she also directed the Loving Care Learning Center daycare in Boones Creek, Tennessee in the mid-1980s.  Retiring with her husband in 2001, she became a member of First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Georgia.  In the summer of 2016, she and her husband moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she spent many happy days with her husband Bennie, son Benlee, and daughter-in-law Mary, who survive her.  Mrs. Huguley was predeceased by her parents and her brother Rick.  If how much love one has shown — and how much kindness one has radiate — 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 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at  Ridout’s Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Rd., Birmingham, Alabama with the funeral  at 1 p.m. central time.  Following the service you are invited to a reception.