Mrs. Claudenia Wingate peacefully transitioned Friday, February 4, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Public Viewing will be Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m. at Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home, Raleigh, N.C. and Monday, February 14, 2022 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. Sherman L. Barno, Jr, Funeral Directors, 704 Washington Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532
Family will receive friends 12:00 noon Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the funeral home chapel, interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens, Rogers Road, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
Claudenia Wingate was born on June 17, 1943, in Darlington, South Carolina. God called her home on February 4, 2022. Claudenia was the first child born to the union of the late Claudius and Corrine Wingate. She was reared and baptized in St. James United Methodist Church of Darlington, South Carolina. After relocating she later joined Russell Memorial CME Church in Durham, North Carolina where she was a loyal and faithful servant.
Claudenia attended Mayo High School in Darlington, South Carolina, and graduated with the great class of 1961. She was dedicated to her class and enjoyed reunions, lasting friendships, and planned trips. She always said the class of ’61 was the BEST.
Claudenia attended Hampton (Institute) University in Hampton, Virginia. She accepted a position in Madison, Wisconsin as a Data Processor at Rayovac Battery Corporation. In 1973 Claudenia relocated to Durham, North Carolina to take care of her mother. She began work at IBM in the Human Resources Department. After retirement Claudenia returned to the work force at GMAC for eight years.
Above all, Claudenia cherished the Wingate family. She worked diligently with her brother, and any family member to help organize family gatherings and reunions. It was her goal to stay in contact with everyone.
Claudenia was seldom angered, but she was very inquisitive. She sacrificed much of her time and herself to be a peaceable person. Which showed the positive attributes of being a “peace-keeper”. She was family oriented and proud of the family legacy. She was compassionate, Afrocentric, a lovely lady with a radiant smile of assurance. She was not selfish with her wisdom or knowledge.
She enjoyed long conversations and meals at Golden Coral with her brother Gerald. She looked forward to going to Snoopy’s every Tuesday with her niece Nia and ordering her favorite, hotdog……..with chili, coleslaw, mustard, and extra onions. Pleased with delight of an enjoyable meal the day culminated by shopping which was another favorite past-time for both.
Claudenia and her nephew, Gerald Sherman enjoyed dinners together either by him cooking at home or both agreeing to go out. However, their best and main past-time was watching Duke games together. True to her heritage, she would dump Duke if the opposing team was lead by an Afro American coach. She loved spending time with her grand nieces and great-grand nephew. Claudenia was not just an Aunt, she was a mother to them.
Claudenia was recognized by many clubs and organizations for her outstanding services and financial contributions. Daily life was very pleasant with her faithful and dependable neighbors. Other activities that kept her attention were shopping for African Art and studying Black History. Butterflies and elephants were very intriguing to Claudenia. Surprisingly, they brought her much joy.
Those who will cherish her memories are her brother, Gerald Wingate of New Bern, North Carolina, her nephew and niece, Gerald Sherman Wingate and Nia Nanette Wingate both of Raleigh, North Carolina, Three grand nieces, Calah Cherie Wingate, G’Chera Tateyona Wingate, India Camille Wingate and one great-grand nephew, Jaden Claudius Wingate, and a host of dear relatives and special friends.
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