Clara B. Gregg

April 30, 1931 - April 23, 2018
Clara B. Gregg

Clara B. Gregg, Mom, Grandma and Oma passed away at home in the warm embrace of her family, in the early morning hours of April 23, 2018, seven days before her 87th birthday.

Clara was born April 30, 1931 to the late Katherine and Willie L. Burch of Grand Ridge, Florida.  She was preceded in death by her husband’s Horace Barwick, Major T. Norwood, and Howell Gregg.

Being a military wife she lived in North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Alaska, Iowa and Germany.  She has resided with her daughter’s family in Leland since 2004.

Mom taught us to love all things beautiful whether it was flowers, trees, birds or just a pretty day. Her passion for reading was unmatched as she read 2-3 books a week.  Her life was about family, her strong belief in the Lord and the power of prayer. She was an example of strength to all of us.

Clara is survived by her children Opal N. Knotts (Alan) of Leland and N. Douglas Norwood (Cathy) of Rogers, Arkansas; her grandsons Kristopher and Kraig Knotts (Elizabeth); her great-grand children Kristen, Ryan, Madelyn and Samantha Knotts and step great-grand children Morgan, Emily and Brayden Garrow.

Clara is also survived by her siblings, James Burch (Rethell) of Tallahassee, Florida, Sarah Bryant-Owens of Clayton, North Carolina and Sonny Burch (Dorothy) of Gulf Breeze, Florida: 7 nieces and nephews and 7 great-nieces and nephews, and we cannot forget her 4 legged babies Rex and Roxy.

The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403.

The Funeral service will be on Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Oleander Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are accepted as well as donations made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in loving memory of Clara.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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  • April 25, 2018
    Melody jenkins lit a candle:
    Lit since April 25, 2018 at 4:11:43 AM

  • April 25, 2018
    Gail Rouse says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God be with you all.

  • April 25, 2018
    Wayne Bamberg says:
    I am so sorry tohear about the loss you will be inmy thoughts at this time she was a good friend and cousin i will niss her.

  • April 25, 2018
    Dee McGlone-Webb says:
    Thinking of you Opal and keeping you and your family in prayer during this sad time. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  • April 26, 2018
    Allen & Debbie Sheneman says:
    Opal, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We send our condolences and sincerest sympathies to you, Alan, the boys, and the rest of the family. God bless.