Mrs. Cleathie Mae Rikard, aka, “Cleathie”, “Clea”, “Aunt Clea”, daughter of the late James Arthur Glasgow and Emma Wilson Glasgow, was born April 18, 1926 in Newberry County, South Carolina. She departed this earthly life and entered the arms of Jesus on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the White Oak Manor Nursing Home.
Cleathie Mae was a member of Old Beaver Dam Baptist Church and was a member of several auxiliaries. She was a Deaconess and served as President of the Deaconess Board of the Old Beaver Dam Baptist Church. She was a member of the Adult Sunday School class and was also a former Sunday School teacher and Senior Choir member at Old Beaver Dam Baptist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star Reeder Glenn Chapter. She was also a member of the Woman’s Home Aide Society #38 and was President, a position which she held for over 40 years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and held the position as the Chaplain for many years.
Cleathie Mae loved to travel. She has visited Canada, the Bahamas, Martha’s Vineyard and California to name a few. Cleathie Mae also loved to fish. She was a great baker and was famous for blessing others with her famous pound cake and fried chicken that she would have in her trunk during Revival meetings in the summer. She also made a delicious macaroni and cheese pie!! She had a green thumb and loved growing flowers. Her yard was filled with beautiful flowers!
Cleathie Mae attended Jalapa school. She was employed as a Housekeeper and loved caring for the Ward, Pope and Long family’s children that she loved dearly: Stephanie and Jimmy Ward; Gary, Elizabeth and Ann Pope. She earned her High School Diploma from Newberry High School in 1974. She always stressed that education was important. She was a jazzy dresser with most outfits including a hat! Her personality was sassy and classy! She was a great story teller and had a wonderful sense of humor. Cleathie Mae always supported her family in attending all types of functions and programs. She has been to countless band concerts, chorus concerts, football games, basketball games, graduations, weddings and birthday parties. Let’s just say she was a “social butterfly”. She never hesitated to visit or make a phone call to check on family and friends who were sick. Her commitment and dedication to her family and friends was unmeasurable!
Cleathie Mae married Richard Rikard on December 28, 1948. Uncle Richard and Cleathie both loved their cat Sampson, who Aunt Clea says Uncle Richard told her that Sampson kept him company while she was away from home. Aunt Clea was the proud mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many, many people whose lives she touched every day. She was and will always be everyone’s “Aunt Clea”!
Her husband of 21 years, Richard Rikard, five sisters Lucreasie Elmore, Annie Williams, Mattie R. Davis, Dorothy Reid, Marie Swittenburg and seven brothers, James E. Glasgow, Clyde E. Glasgow, Andrew Glasgow, Richard Glasgow, Henry Glasgow, Willie Glasgow, Johnny B. “J.B.” Glasgow, devoted niece Cynthia A. Samuel and niece Annabelle Glasgow and nephews James Glasgow and Johnny “J.C.” Glasgow who was reared in her home, preceded her to Heaven.
Those who celebrate her beautiful life and cherish precious and loving memories include one aunt, Hannah W. Suber of Newberry, SC; nieces, Emmalee Kennedy-Clark, Doris Combs, Brunelle Davis, LaRay Glasgow, Carolyn Glasgow, Beatrice Reid, Valerie Redd, Hattie Wright; nephews, David Daniel Glasgow, David Glasgow, Robert Reid, Willie Reid, Jr., John Swittenburg, Ray Swittenburg, Ivan Glasgow, Edward Cottrell and Lawson Samuel; devoted cousins Peter Suber, Verna Mars, Diane Gary, Eugene (Bo) Wilson Jr., Sarah Lee Turner and two devoted great-nieces, Niesha Samuel and Vontresa “Tracy” Samuel; a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends, all of whom grieve her departure but rejoice knowing she is now resting with the Lord.
Visitation Thursday March 11, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Wilson Funeral Home.
Graveside Service 1:00 pm Friday March 12, 2021 at Old Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Newberry, SC.
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