Mrs. Clara Belle Bullard, 87, of 428 McMillian Road, Pembroke died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. Mrs. Bullard was born on August 13, 1925 in Robeson County to the late Mr. Oscar & Mrs. Margie Ann Locklear Chavis of the Hilly Branch Community. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Mr. Reese Bullard; a daughter: Ms. Clarise Lynn Johnson; a sister: Mrs. Hazel C. Brewington; six brothers: Mr. Fred Chavis, Mr. James M. Chavis, Mr. Grady Chavis, Mr. Carlis Chavis, Mr. H. B. Chavis and Mr. Wiley Ray Chavis.
After completing college, she and her husband chose to move to Michigan. For almost thirty years, Ms. Clara touched the lives of many young people in the classroom and continued to impact the lives of people even after her retirement. Sister Clara was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church since May 1, 1983, doing whatever was needed at the Church. In addition Sister Clara was a faithful servant to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church in South Carolina. For many years she and her husband attended Hickory Grove UMC on a regular basis helping any way that was needed. She found this ministry to Hickory Grove UMC a call to serve and fulfilled that call well. She gave of her talents and financial means to both the Hickory Grove and Prospect communities.
The funeral will be conducted 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Prospect United Methodist Church with the Revs: Tony Brewington, Dr. Kenneth Locklear and Dr. Carolyn Cummings-Woriax officiating. Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Surviving are a daughter: Ms. Alisa Bullard Tanner of the home; a son: Mr. O. Keith Bullard of Brownstown, MI; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four sisters: Ms. Doris Aitson, Ms. Ethel Jane Howes both of Onstead, MI, Ms. Margaret Ako of Lumberton, Ms. Emma Jane Taylor of El Dorado, KS; two brothers: Mr. Oscar Ted Chavis and Mr. Robert Anthony Chavis both of Lumberton and a host of relatives and friends.
Of all the things that can be said about Sister Clara, this one thing was special, she loved to visit the shut-ins and the sick of the community and found great joy in serving others. Ms. Clara will be truly missed not only by her immediate family, but also by many people both near and far. “She was a great wife, the best Mother who loved home and Church. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with. She was devoted and faithful to the Lord she loved.”
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Prospect United Methodist Church.