February 9, 1946, Clara M. Gavin was called to this earth to serve her purpose in life. Clara is the first child born to Willie and Minnie Anderson in Meridian Mississippi. She received her formal education in San Diego, California.
She was united in marriage to Wilson Gavin in 1961 to that union they had three children. She was preceded in death by son Jessie Howard Jr. both parents’ Willie & Minnie Anderson, one sister Linda Marie Washington.
She worked at the “Gallery” as a supervisor for 40 years at the Naval Training Center San Diego. This is where she met many young sailors (men and women) and formed a special bond with many sailors especially during the holidays. Affectionately known as Ms. Clara, she would open her home to the men and women who didn’t have a place to go for the holidays. She was known on her job for her beautiful smile, giving great advice to those far and near from home, and to those needing just a shoulder to lean on. and some loving motherly comforting she was a welcoming sight. She loved her family she was best big sister one could have, a great mother and a great friend to all.
She was a member of End-time Christian Solider Fellowship under the awesome Pastor Raymond K. Sweet, Sr. for fourteen year prior to becoming a member of Calvary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Dr. Emanuel Whipple, Sr. in 2017. On Friday February 22, 2019 on what would have been her father’s 100 birthday surrounded by her children and grandchildren & great-grandchild. God called her from labor to reward to come home and take her rest. She leaves to cherish her memory: son Edward W. Gavin Sr, of San Diego, California, daughters Sonja Marie Gavin & Bernice Alexander (Eric) of San Diego, California, grand children: Edward W. Gavin Jr. (Jovana), Sherriece O’Donnell, Kenneth King Carnell, Joshlynn Sturgeon, Cheryl Augustine, Jamul Ryan Gavin, Teena Harris, Nicholas Gavin. Great Grandchildren Nyla, Josiah, Rihanna, Aaliyah (Gavin), Isaiah, Damarion, Noah, King (O’Donnell), Temeer & Elijaih Sturgeon, Destiny, Joseph Jr & Josiah (Augustine) Kailee L. Chatfield all of San Diego, California and host of other family and members and close friends also survive Clara.
Brother Phillip Anderson (Barbara), Mark Anderson Sisters Shirley Nettles, Juanita Richardson(John), Gail Patacsil (Napleon) Cheryl Kinlock(Olive), Carol Anderson & Mildred Anderson(Larry)
With Special Thanks to the following;
To my first born grandson Edward Jr., it was a pleasure getting to know you on a more intimate level. Bet you didn’t know your Nana had jokes like that, remember Keith Sweat music I hipped you to!
Auntie Pearl Love my daddy’s sister whom I loved like a second mother. Thanks for Always being there for me. Till we meet on the other side, please watch over my children like you did for me!
Arnell Romain for using her RN skills and setting with me when I needed a skilled professional medical attendant, you are the daughter in-law I never had but would have been proud to call you my daughter.
Kenneth Moss you showed me that you too know how to do the Right Thing. So keep up the good work you started by helping me in my time of need.
Donna King thanks for making me laugh when it hurts so bad & for helping my daughter. You became my other child.
To my baby sister Mildred there are no words to express the LOVE I have for you. In my darkest hours you were there holding my hands and telling me everything was going to be okay. I love you Memmie!