Clara Tyson Carson, 86, of 2408 JB Road, Claremont, N.C., passed away at Atrium Health Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, N C, on Monday, November 22, 2021. She was born in Catawba County on December 1, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Charlie Tyson and Sattie Parker Tyson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings.

She was educated in the Catawba County Public Schools, Mitchell Community College, CVCC and Appalachian State University. Clara was deeply committed to her church, Smyre’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion in Catawba, N.C., where she served on many boards and committees.

She leaves to cherish the memory of her life three children, Ronald “Ron” Louis Carson of Rosedale, N.Y., Judy Carson of West Chester, N.Y., and Elder A. Alfred (Dorian) Carson of Yonkers, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Amani Carson and Clarissa Carson, both of West Chester, N.Y., Alexandria Caroline Carson of Washington, D.C., and Alexis Clarice Carson of Yonkers, N.Y.; a special close friend, Betty Neal Shuford of Catawba; special cousins, Elisa Tyson, Brenda Powell and Patricia Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Friday, November 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church in Statesville. Rev. David Rankin will officiate and burial will follow in the Smyre’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Catawba. Mrs. Carson will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 12:30 p.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 1 until 2 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Carson family.