Clau­dia Wan­na­maker Cov­ing­ton

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Clau­dia Wan­na­maker Cov­ing­ton, of At­lantic Beach, NC, died on July 10, 2018 in Char­lotte, NC. The daugh­ter of Alexan­der James Matheson Wan­na­maker and Mary Clau­dia Harvin Wan­na­maker, she was born on Au­gust 21, 1930 in Orange­burg, SC. Clau­dia was de­voted to her fam­ily, her Church and count­less pets; she was thought­ful to all.

Clau­dia lived many lives dur­ing her 87 years. She asked a re­cent ac­quain­tance not to count her hus­bands so we won’t ei­ther. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Mount Ver­non Col­lege and Kathryn Gibbs School, Clau­dia re­turned to Orange­burg where she worked at Or­ange Cot­ton Mills, a cot­ton goods com­pany owned by her fa­ther and known for the strand of or­ange thread wo­ven in its twine. Al­ways ahead of her time, Clau­dia was the only fe­male in her tex­tile class in the 1950’s. Upon mov­ing to the farm­land out­side of Chat­tanooga, TN, she changed to blue jeans and could be seen driv­ing a vin­tage 1940’s green pickup truck, wran­gling calves, and milk­ing cows. When she re­lo­cated to the Florida Keys, she be­came a boat cap­tain and fell in love with scuba div­ing and the big open sky. Later, she loved her days spent help­ing to re­cruit top ath­letes at Duke Univer­sity in Durham, NC. Fi­nally set­tling in At­lantic Beach, NC, Clau­dia en­joyed tend­ing her gar­den and vol­un­teer­ing her time at Carteret Gen­eral Hospi­tal and St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal Church.

Clau­dia was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents and her in­fant son. Sur­viv­ing are her chil­dren: Dia (Clau­dia) Steiger and her hus­band Paul of Char­lotte, NC; Eve­lyn Fri­er­son of Port­land, OR; and Bur­ton Fri­er­son and his wife Ilze of Brook­lyn, NY. She is also sur­vived by four grand­chil­dren: Matt Akins and his wife Scottie of Char­lotte, NC; Jett Steiger and his wife Chelsea of Los An­ge­les, CA; Lyall Moore and her hus­band Will of High Point, NC; and Emma Clau­dia Fri­er­son of Brook­lyn, NY. Clau­dia had one great- grand­child, Mag­gie (Mag­no­lia) Akins of Char­lotte, NC.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal Church in More­head City at a later date. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal Church, 2005 Aren­dell Street, More­head City, NC 28557 or Hospice and Pal­lia­tive Care, 1420 East Sev­enth Street, Char­lotte, NC 28204.

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