Clara L. Picirilli

Born in Coward, SC on February 9, 1934

Departed on March 21, 2012 and resided in Nashville, TN

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PICIRILLI, Clara L. Age 78 of Nashville. Passed away on March 21, 2012. Mrs. Picirilli was preceded in death by parents Lemuel and Allene Lee, and brothers L.C. and Bobby. Clara was a member of Cofer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church since 1955, native of Florence County, South Carolina, and long-time secretary at Free Will Baptist Bible College .She is survived by husband of 58 years, Robert E. Picirilli; daughters, Jean Clarence Lewis, Jane Pete Johnson, June Sam McVay, Joy Dan Erickson, Jill Allen Pointer; sister Eloise Brown; sister-in-law Margie Lee; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. The funeral service will be on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 2pm, at the Cofer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will be on Monday 10am at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to Free Will Baptist Bible College, Cofer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, or Free Will Baptist International Missions. Pallbearers: Steven Lewis, Kevin Atchison, Kiley Hawkins, Jonathan Owen, Daniel Erickson, Rob Erickson, Jon Erickson. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday from 4-7pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home, and on Sunday from 12:30pm until the service hour at the church.

15 Comments to Clara L. Picirilli

  1. Linda, Alex and Nat McVay
    March 22, 2012 12:00 am

    We love your family so very much and will be lifting you all up in prayer. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but we know she has stepped over into Heaven and we can all join her again one day. We are here for you. Love, Hugs and Prayers Linda, Alex and Nat

  2. steve lytle
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    We express our love to the Picirilli family during their loss. Clara Picirilli was a special lady, loved and admired by so many, and especially dear to her fellow Coferites. You knew that she genuinely cared about you, in her quiet, yet firm way. We are praying for Dr. Pic and all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as the many friends who will miss her. Our loss is Heaven’s gain, and “Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time.”

  3. Elbert Smith
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    Bob
    I learned about Clara’s home going from Charles Howle. While I never met Clara my brief associations with you gave me an appreciation for the depth of your mind, and the committment of your life in making Christ known. No doubt Clara was an intergal part of what you were able to accomplish and a gift from God that enriched all your life through the years. I read of her own years of service to the Freewill Bible College, and what a record of service it was. May the God of all grace comfort you and your family, as you adjust to dealing with the new realities, that will accompany Clara’s graduation to Glory. May the reflection on all the memories you made together, be especially sweet and nourishing to your minds, as you work through your grief.

    Christian Love
    Elbert Smith.

  4. Jim Marcum
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    Mrs. Picirilli was a great and wonderful lady. Vicki and I grieve with you, but rejoice that we will all meet again in Heaven. We love and appreciate every one of you, and will hold you up to our Heavenly Father in prayer.

  5. Sheila Sass
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    I find myself lost for the words to express my love for Miss Clara. She was such an encourager and example to me. She was my hero. I will miss her laughter more than I can say. Heaven has gained a great lady. Please know I loved her very much and will miss her. I’m so glad that I will see her again. To Dr. Pic and Jean, June, Jane, Joy, & Jill thank you for sharing your mother with all of us. Many prayers and rich blessings are sent your way.

  6. Jean & lLandon Deel
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    Our lives are enriched by knowing you. You were a very Special Lady.
    Our Hearts go out to the Family for their loss.

  7. Fred & June Hersey
    March 23, 2012 12:00 am

    You all are in our prayers during this time. May our Lord’s grace comfort and sustain you.

  8. Betty O'String
    March 24, 2012 12:00 am

    Dr. Picirilli:
    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear wife. I personally know the feeling of seeing a spouse pass away. However, it is a joy to know that Heaven is much brighter today because Mrs. Clara is there.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

    God Bless,
    Mrs. Gilbert Betty O’String
    Anderson, SC

  9. Sandra Payne
    March 24, 2012 12:00 am

    Picirilli Family,

    She was always such a lovely lady but remembering how she received our daughter into her home with love and care when we were away has made her one of the most extra special ladies in my life. Praying that you all will know the loving presence of our Lord in the most profound way during this difficult time.

  10. Jim Martin
    March 24, 2012 12:00 am

    The Martin’s have been deeply touched by the Picirlli family. A great person, mother, wife, and child of the God. What a blessing to have know her. We pray that God’s grace will abound for this family.

  11. Jo & Mike Gillin
    March 25, 2012 12:00 am

    Sorry to hear of Mrs. Picirilli’s passing. Praying for you and your family.

  12. Judy and Ken Bailey
    March 25, 2012 12:00 am

    Sister Clara was such a sweet, sweet person and always such a joy to encounter on FWBBC campus. Praying for comfort for Dr. Picirilli and the family and also rejoicing that she is enjoying her Heavenly reward!

  13. Vivian Miles McAllister
    March 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Thinking of you and praying for your family during this time. Clara May and I were best friends in high school and played basketball together. I had not seen her in many years but I know she will be missed. Praying for your peace and comfort.

  14. Paul Ange
    March 30, 2012 12:00 am

    Dr. “Pic” I am so sorry for your loss of Miss Clara. You and your family have meant so much to me over the years as a student and as a Pastor. God Bless you and your family, you are in our prayers in this hour of grief and yet great joy over the assurance of reunion again.
    Paul Ange FWBBC 80-83

  15. Pastor Tim A. Hall
    March 30, 2012 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Dr. Picirilli. Even if I had suffered the loss of a spouse, I could not assume to know the uniqueness of your sorrow. And yet for Christians, there is a divinely imparted sense of joy and anticipation for the day when God makes all things new. The immense contributions of your life and ministry in teaching, writing and denominational pastoring was surely made great by God’s grace first, but a close second would have to be the love and support of a gracious wife of so many years.

    May the Lord bless you, your daughters, sons-in-laws and grandchildren as you manage things without the care and touch of sister Picirilli.