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Clara A. Carlis

April 19, 1940 ~ December 3, 2018 (age 78)

 Clara Ann Jones Carlis entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the age of 78.

Clara was born April 19, 1940; she is first born to the late W. Gladys Stamps Jones Howard and Henry Jones. She is the beloved step-daughter of David Lee Howard and Senie Jones and grand-daughter of Annie Stamps Foster, Willie D. Stamps and Clara Jones.

In 1956, Clara and Sylvester Carlis married. Within that union of 62 years, five handsome sons were born; Gregory Carlis, Gary Carlis, Ronnie Carlis (Natalie), Ricky Carlis (Giretter) and Christopher Carlis.

Clara attended the Wall Street elementary, junior and senior high school in Tallassee, Alabama. Clara’s General Education Diploma was achieved in Mobile, Alabama. Clara was a member of Bishop Shaw Baptist Church in Tallassee, where she and little sister Henrietta sang in the choir. As they traveled to Montgomery to sing in a musical, they were amazed at the talent of one particular young man. They watched as he left the choir stand and noticed the soles of his shoes were separating as he walked off the stand.  They later found out his name was Sam Cooke.

Clara’s early employment was at Tien’s Laundry in Mobile, Alabama. She worked as a distributor for Mary Kay and Avon.

In 1993 Clara moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she was employed at the Star Casino. Clara joined the Greater St. Stephens Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. Clara and her sister, Cynthia, traveled throughout the United States to conferences and conventions held by the United Church Ushers of Louisiana Inc., and she found it to be very rewarding. Clara loved to dance and laugh; everything was funny to her. She once told the story of her school days living in the red clay hills of Tallassee. Clara was startled one day in school when she encountered the darkest girl she had ever seen. The announcement that she was the darkest girl she ever saw didn’t set well with Josie Mae. Josie Mae responded immediately with a quick punch in the mouth knocking Clara’s front teeth out of her mouth.

Clara’s main goal was to enjoy life while devoting her entire time and energy to her husband and sons. If you were fortunate enough to be at her house anytime of the year, you would have enjoyed her good food; pound cakes, potato salad, baked chucked and pies.  Clara made everyone welcome with her true southern hospitality and the sounds of Tyrone Davis, Michael Henderson and Johnny Ace. Clara is survived by five sons; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grand-children; four brothers, James W. Howard (Sheila), Alfred D. Howard (Norma), Karry D. Howard(Veronica), and the late John D. Howard (Renatta); six sisters, Henrietta J. Madison, Cynthia M. Howard, Ovader H. Lotion(Jerol), Marthenetha H. Waters (Elvin), Gloria O’Neal(Jackie) and the late Cheryl Paul; six brothers-inlaw, Fred Carlis, John, Lynn, Norris & Jesse Pollard and the late Danny Earl Carlis; one sister-in-law, Janice Carlis Harvey; one aunt, Myra Gibby; a special cousin, Creola Ruffin; godmother, the late Cynthia Mae Bradley; and best friends, the late Mary Ann Simmons and Dorothy Williams.

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