William Carleton Clopper, 97, of Winston-Salem, N.C., fought to his last breath before passing away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center.
Mr. Clopper was born Nov. 18, 1914, to the late Lottie Mae Baker Clopper and Samuel Carleton Clopper in Hagerstown.
He attended schools in Hagerstown and Baltimore and was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America.
After working for Fairchild Aircraft for several years, he spent the rest of his career with the Railway Express Agency. He was the agent for the Hagerstown and York, Pa., agencies before being promoted to be the internal auditor for the West Coast division and living in Fullerton, Calif. He retired after becoming the Midwest internal auditor working out of Dallas.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Headquarters Division of Gen. Patton’s Third Army as a staff sergeant technician for aircraft. He was stationed mostly in Germany.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Josephine Byers Clopper; a brother, Donald Clopper; and three sisters, Gladys Fauldrath, Christine Longfellow and Ruth Buck.
Mr. Clopper is survived by his daughter, Becky Clopper Sowers Wheeler; two grandchildren, Gregory Sowers and his wife, Caron, and Sherri Sowers Cook and her husband, Kenny; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah and Carmen Sowers, and Trey, Joshua and Sydney Cook.
A devout Christian, he was a member of Augsburg Lutheran Church for 39 years, where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Sid Sowers Sunday school class.
During his retirement years, he was a beekeeper and lovingly cared for his land. He was a prolific reader and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his family.
The family would like to thank two very special, devoted women who untiringly cared for him during his last year, Marie Baskin and Jan Ruff. Bill’s wishes were that his body be donated to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for research. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be given to Augsburg Lutheran Church or Augsburg Lutheran Church designated to the Trinity Glen Lutheran Home, 845 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com