OBITUARY

Sammie Maye McClatchy

November 17, 1935February 16, 2021
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Sammie was born on November 17, 1935, and grew up in Bangs, Texas. On April 27, 1956, she married the love of her life, Garner (Dooder) McClatchy. They moved in their brand-new house on the farm and lived there for 65 years. He started building the house before he asked her to marry him. She knew he was going to pop the question. That home became the favorite spot for numerous kids, nieces, nephews and grandkids. She graduated from Howard Payne with an education degree following a profession that many before and those after in her family have chosen. She spent her career as a first-grade teacher at Bangs Elementary where she touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families. Just talk to anyone who went to Bangs Elementary and the majority will say that Mrs. McClatchy was their first-grade teacher. She bribed many students with her signature Dr. Peppers.

Sammie was an amazing person. Her sense of humor and infectious laugh cheered us all. Sammie was a marvelous cook specializing in Southern comfort cuisine. She “loved” to raise a garden and kept family and friends stocked in tomatoes and squash. Everyone fought over her canned sweet pickles and beets. Her grandchildren will cherish her breakfasts of ice cream, after all it contained all food groups. However, her greatest talent for which she will be forever remembered is the kindness, generosity, and understanding she showed everyone she met.

Sammie is survived by her husband of 65 years Richard Garner “Dooder” McClatchy; her son Ricky McClatchy and his wife Janie of San Antonio; her daughter Holly Gieb and her husband Buddy of Midland; her brother Ray Findley and his wife Jean of Santa Anna, sister-in-law Barbara Findley of Bangs, brother-in-law Pat McClatchy of Brownwood, John Harper and his wife Donna of Brownwood; Kim Horton who was like a daughter to her; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sammie joins her parents C.D. and Velma Findley; three sisters Patsy, Joy and Vicki; and one brother Donnie, a sister-in-law Lee Ann McClatchy, brother-in-law C.H. Sinclair, nephew Danny Horton in heaven where everyone who knew her is sure she is sharing Dr. Peppers and Snickers bars. We are going to miss her sweet calls and her signature sign off, “Love you more.” The family would like to express their gratitude to the Senior Care Facility and the Hendricks Hospital in Brownwood for their care. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to Bangs ISD scholarship fund to Bangs ISD, P. O. Box 969, Bangs, TX 76823.

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  • Sammie is survived by her husband of 65 years Richard Garner “Dooder” McClatchy; her son Ricky McClatchy and his wife Janie of San Antonio; her daughter Holly Gieb and her husband Buddy of Midland; her brother Ray Findley and his wife Jean of Santa Anna, sister-in-law Barbara Findley of Bangs, brother-in-law Pat McClatchy of Brownwood, John Harper and his wife Donna of Brownwood; Kim Horton who was like a daughter to her; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.


    Sammie joins her parents C.D. and Velma Findley; three sisters Patsy, Joy and Vicki; and one brother Donnie, a sister-in-law Lee Ann McClatchy, brother-in-law C.H. Sinclair, nephew Danny Horton in heaven where everyone who knew her is sure she is sharing Dr. Peppers and Snickers bars. We are going to miss her sweet calls and her signature sign off, “Love you more.”

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Freda Day

February 21, 2021

My mother, Joyce Day, taught first grade with Sammie for 21 years. After 20 years Mom had a stroke one year short of being able to retire with full benefits. Mom was able to teach that last year thanks to all the support and help Sammie so willingly gave. 💙💛

Tiffany Brush

February 19, 2021

As a former student, I still can remember days in Mrs. McClatchy’s class. She was such a special teacher, one of those that can’t be replaced! I’m also so thankful of the time I’ve spent with her and Dooder most recently. Sammie always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone like family. I could always count on a laugh or two when visiting with Sammie’s witty and somewhat ornery side. I had asked a while back how they began dating. Sammie of course started the story off by stating that for a while Dooder was busy “chasing several girls”, but Dooder quickly interrupted and corrected Sammie stating “she was the one chasing all the boys”. Sammie will be greatly missed by so many.

“Jerry” Chuck Daugherty

February 19, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Sammies passing.
Was so fun growing up with her in Bangs!
We were classmates for a lot of years, then graduating in 1953.
Great friend thru those years!
Prayers for Dooder and family
Jerry Chick Daugherty

Carol McVay

February 19, 2021

Since hearing of Sammie's passing, I've thought of so many wonderful memories of my childhood that she and all of her family were such a huge part of. My Mom and Dad were close friends of her and Dooder and it was always so much fun when we were all together. I can still hear them laughing as they sat around the table playing "42". Some of my favorite memories are of Sammie, Mom, Ricky, and me going to Trickham to get a Dr Pepper. I also loved the days they spent together canning things from their gardens, making pickles, and just enjoying life and friendship. When Holly came along, Mom had a blast making "frilly" dresses and outfits for her. If it hadn't been for Sammie, I don't think my youngest daughter would have ever made it through first grade. Many times, I went to pick her up in the afternoon and Sammie would have her in her lap. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her.

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