Philip Lee Clapp passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Blairsville, GA. Prior to moving to Blairsville, Lee resided in Montgomery, AL for 30 years. He was born in Asheville, NC on November 15, 1942. He is the son of the late Dr. Hubert Lee and Celeste Knoefel Clapp from Swannanoa, NC.
Lee was a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He retired in 2010 after a successful banking career at Regions Bank and Servis First Bank in Montgomery.
Lee's love for the outdoors began with the Boy Scouts where he earned the highest rank as an Eagle Scout. Lee shared his love for backpacking, hiking and camping with his wife, family and friends.
Lee was a member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church where he ushered and served on the Board of Stewards. A man of great faith, Lee participated in the Walk to Emmaus, a spiritual journey for Christian leaders.
Lee was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered by family and friends for his integrity, loyalty and dedication.
Lee is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pamela Holland Clapp; his children Alison Clapp White (Walt), Tuscaloosa, AL; Philip Talbot Clapp, Swannanoa, NC; and Michael Shane Sweatt (Hope), Lexington, SC; grandchildren Philip Tyler Clapp, Swannanoa, NC, Callie Grace, Tate, John Pearson and Wilson Sweatt, Lexington, SC; sister Carolyn Clapp McRary (John), Asheville, NC; twin brother Dr. Hubert Bruce Clapp (Bernie), Winston-Salem, NC and sisters-in-law Charlotte Pipkin (Donnie), Cochran, GA; Gina Holland (Mike), Maryville, TN.
The family will receive friends beginning at noon on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama followed by a celebration of Lee's life at 2:00 pm. A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa, 372 Bee Tree Road, Swannanoa, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at P.O. Box 807, Harper's Ferry, WV 25425 or to
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences to the family on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on June 26, 2013