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Daily Press
June 29, 2001

HENRY L. CLAPP SR.

On Tuesday, June 26, 2001, with loving peace, our Heavenly Father called from labor to eternal rest our beloved Henry Lafayette Clapp Sr.

Henry was born on May 29, 1910, in Elizabeth City County (now known as Hampton), where he was a lifelong resident. He attended Union High School and was a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church of Hampton. He retired from the Newport News Shipyard and Drydock Company in 1976 after 33 years of service. Each morning, evening and even at night, he worked at his true calling — the care of God’s land and his creatures. Henry truly loved God’s earth and animals of all kinds. He was the last of a dying breed in Hampton, the black farmer.

He was preceded in death by his son, Henry Jr., a grandson, Todd Totten, his wife, Rita M. Clapp, and sister, Mary E. Clapp.

Those who will forever cherish his memory are his son, Benjamin Hankins (Verronia) of Newport News; three daughters, Joan Totten (William Sr.) of Summerville, S.C., Rita Tucker (George) of Bonaire, Ga., and Marilyn Outlaw of Hampton; a sister, Emma Taylor of Hampton; special friend, Annie E. Carter of Hampton; grandchildren, Benjamin Hankins Jr., Selena Chamblee, Tina Turner, Nakisha Outlaw, Stephen Tucker, William Totten Jr., Jason Outlaw, Jeneen Totten, Stephanie Tucker and Jessica Tucker; great-grandchildren, Benjamin III, Kendall, Kathryn, Nina, and Rachel Hankins, Kenneth Turner Jr., Aldric Chamblee Jr.; and a host of other family members and friends.

Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today followed with the family receiving friends until 8 tonight at Smith Brothers Funeral Home, 545 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church,1242 W. Queen St., Hampton, with the Rev. Joy Walton officiating. Burial will be in Bassette Cemetery, Hampton. Mr. Clapp will be placed in the church by 9 a.m. Saturday. Family and friends are asked to assemble by 10 a.m. Saturday at 2927 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in memory of Henry L. Clapp.

Smith Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Telephone: 723-4117.

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