Homegoing Celebration of Life for
Clara Beatrice Cartwright:
Beloved Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt,
Life here on earth came to an end for Sister Clara Beatrice
Cartwright on Monday, November 8, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. at the
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata,
Clara Beatrice Garrett Cartwright was born April 5, 1930, to the late
Robert (Bob) Garrett and Nealie Davis Garrett. She was the
youngest of twelve siblings.
On December 6, 1947, she fell in love and married Sam Cartwright.
They had no biological children but they raised a niece from nine
months old to an adult. So Dorothy Jean GarrettJefferson is their
beloved daughter whom they loved and cherished as much as she
loved and cherished them.
Clara graduated from Chireno High School in Chireno, Texas May
Clara was adventurous and loved to experience new things. She
loved to travel and traveled to many states. She also traveled on a
cruise to Mexico. She also enjoyed driving. Clara taught her
grandchildren and several other family members how to drive. Her
grandson Jawara got his lead foot from her.
She lived in several places around the state of Texas and she joined
a church in each place that she lived. She moved to Waldorf,
Maryland in 1989 and joined Mt.Ennon Baptist Church. In 2007 she
moved back to Texas and she joined True Vine Baptist Church in
San Augustine, Texas. For health reasons she moved back to
Maryland in 2019 and lived with her daughter and son-in-law. She
rejoined Mt. Ennon Baptist Church where she faithfully attended
church services in person and online.
Clara loved God and she was active in each church where she was a
member. She was a choir member, a missionary worker, a Sunday
School student and teacher, and a Vacation Bible School student
and teacher. In Texas, she was the piano player for several
churches. Clara loved to read her Bible and Daily Word, and she
loved to listen to Gospel Music, even up to the day that she departed
Clara was a professional, diligent, and dedicated worker. She had
several jobs in her lifetime: Poultry Worker, House Keeper, Short
Order Cook, and Deli Manager but most of her work experience was
in Retail. She worked for Weiner’s, Sakowitz, Foley’s, Hecht’s,
Macy’s J. C. Penney’s, and Burlington. She was loved and revered
by the staff and customers. She received the Diamond Star award
several times, high reviews, and was Most Valuable Player of the
Month many times.
In the last years of her life she enjoyed watching Mt. Ennon Baptist
Church and other churches’ services on YouTube all day on
Sundays, sitting on the porch in the sunshine daily, going for walks
and rides with her daughter, watching westerns, and game shows
with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Clara loved her family and friends. She would talk to some family
members and friends each day or once a week. She was the glue
that made sure the family stayed in touch with each other. She loved
her nieces and nephews from the youngest to the oldest as if they
wereher own. They all loved her and she was very special and dear
to all of them. She also adored her grandchildren andit was the high
point of her day when they came to visit.
Clara had a quiet spirit but she was witty and had a sense of humor.
She had a beautiful heart and a wonderful smile. To know her was
to love her.
Clara leaves to cherish her memories her daughter Dorothy
Jefferson (James) LaPlata, Maryland; grand-daughter JamilaZakia
Jefferson; California, Maryland, grand-son Jawara Jefferson;
Brandywine, Maryland; sister Mildred Burrell; San Augustine, Texas;
many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of many special friends.
She also had a special Missionary Sister, prayer partner, and friend
Sister Juanita Bean.Over the years she gained two special daughters
Evelyn Holmes (Larry) Port Tobacco, Maryland; Mary Wheeler
(James) and a God-Son Kenneth Garrett (Sandy) Manassas,
She is preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, five brothers,
These words were left by Clara to her family and friends:
“Don’t cry for me;
The life we shared will all ways be there;
I am gone,
Life goes on
Don’t cry for me.”
Visitations: Monday, November 22, 2021 starting at 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Sid
Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX
Visitations: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 starting at 9:00 am up until 1:00 p.m. at Sid D.
Roberts Chapel, 3535 S. E. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Funeral: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:00 p.m. at Sid D. Roberts Chapel, 3535 S.E.
Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, Tx
Services Entrusted To Her Family of Professionals at:
Sid Roberts Funeral Home
3535 S.E. Stallings Dr.
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
“Where The Family Comes First”