Garry Claypool, 77, of Garden City, AL, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017, after a lengthy hospital stay.
He was born on December 17, 1939 to Guy and Agnes Claypool in Jackson, MS. He spent his formative years in Jackson, graduated from Provine High School in 1957, served as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961, and then returned to Jackson to attend and graduate from Mississippi College with a degree in chemistry. He was employed by the Univ. of MS Medical Center and St. Dominic Hospital.
After becoming a Medical Technologist, Garry worked as a Teaching Assistant in the clinical laboratory at UMMC, where he met Lynn Coleman, who was pursing a degree in medical technology. They fell in love, and were married in 1968. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Giselle, in 1970 and the second, Gretchen, in 1973. As a young dad, Garry enjoyed serving as a troop dad to Girl Scout Troop 1, assisting with various projects and accompanying the troop on campouts and other trips. He and Lynn were also active square dancers with a Jackson group for a number of years during the eighties. He began singing barbershop with the Magnolia Chorus of Jackson in 1988 and competed with them until moving out of the area.
Following retirement from the active workforce, the Claypools moved to Garden City where they built their dream home and began the leisurely life, which included touring the Southeastern US in their RV with the North Alabama Travelers and the North Alabama RVers.
Garry was an ardent barbershop singer, and happily continued to entertain and compete as a part of the Voices of the South Chorus, of the greater Birmingham area. He was an active member of Hanceville First United Methodist Church where he sang in the Sanctuary Choir. He enjoyed woodworking and was an auto enthusiast, whose most recent project was restoring and exhibiting a 1980 Datsun 280ZX.
Garry is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters Giselle Stromgren of Jackson, MS and Gretchen Weir of Powell, TN, grandchildren Landon Weir, Kyrie Weir and Sawyer Williams, brother Guy Claypool (Betty Jo) of Chapparral, NM, sister Gretta Gardner of Sherman, TX, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, September 9, at 1 p.m. at Hanceville First United Methodist Church, 704 Commercial Street, Hanceville, AL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanceville First UMC Choir Fund, P.O. Box 255, Hanceville, AL 35077, to Hurricane Harvey relief through your favorite agency, or to your favorite charity.
Published on September 7, 2017