ARCHDALE-Clara Whitaker White Scearce left her earthly bounds on Wednesday June 5, 2019, at Hospice Home at High Point.
Clara, known to her family and friends as “Whit”, was born in Greensboro, NC and raised in High Point, NC. She graduated from High Point High School in 1954 where she played basketball. Following graduation, she attended Pfeiffer College where she studied nursing. She completed her training at High Point Memorial Hospital where she was later employed. She resigned from nursing for several years to raise her children but later returned to her love of nursing at Thomasville Community General Hospital where she worked in the surgical unit until her retirement in 1988. She married Thomas Burton Scearce of Trinity, NC in 1959. The couple later moved to Archdale, NC where they have made their home since 1967. She was a member of Archdale United Methodist Church and was a woman of strong faith who never questioned God’s plan for her. After her retirement from the hospital she volunteered at High Point Regional Hospital and drove the Randolph activity bus and the Lions Vision Bus. She loved to be outside and enjoyed working in the yard, fishing, camping, water skiing, and especially golfing with her husband Tom. She had a love of music, art, and literature that she passed to her children. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and was quick to lend a hand where needed. She enjoyed traveling and taking cruises and explored many parts of this earth in her later years with her husband Tom, and other family and friends.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents William Louis White and Margaret Alice Whitaker White; her brother William Louis White, Jr, and her sister Margaret Louise White Snodgrass. She is survived by her husband Thomas Burton Scearce, daughter Kimberly Louise Scearce Chapman, and son Thomas Burton Scearce, Jr., grandchildren Breanne Hedrick, Meredith Rowe, Brittany Scearce, Victoria Scearce, and Travis Scearce, seven great-grandchildren, seventeen nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her long-time best friend and sister from another mother, Fran Bellardine.
From the many lives she touched and helped save in her work as a nurse, the dear friends she made along life’s path, strangers she met and endeared in her travels, her passion for life and desire for harmony, to the many family and friends who knew “Whit” as a loving and caring soul, she will be sorely missed.
A celebration of Clara’s life will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 8, from 2 until 4 o’clock, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale. Family and friends are invited to join the celebration as this was Clara’s wish to have everyone gather, remember, laugh, love, and rejoice.
Memorials in Clara’s memory may be directed to the Hayworth Cancer Center, c/o High Point Regional Health Foundation, PO Box HP-5 High Point, NC 27261.