Carolyn Clay Ripley

January 18, 1951April 23, 2018

HICKORY— Carolyn Clay Ripley, 67, of Hickory passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, April 23, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Mecklenburg County on January 18, 1951, she was the daughter of the late James Marvin and Ruth Hickman Clay. Carolyn retired from Residence Partners as property manager and she was a member of First United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband Thomas “Tom” Ripley of the home; daughter Megan R. Seagroatt and husband Kurt of Granite Falls; son Mitch Ripley of Connelly Springs; grandsons, Ryan Seagroatt and Tanner Seagroatt both of Granite Falls; sister Jean Beal and husband of Donnie of Connelly Springs; brother Marcus Clay and wife Donna of Piney Flats, TN and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm at Hickory Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Paul Christy officiating.


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  • VISITATION Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday, April 26, 2018

Carolyn Clay Ripley

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Linda Tilley

April 24, 2018

Dear Tom, Megan, Mitch and Family
We are so sorry to learn of Carolyn's passing. It is hard to lose someone, especially that someone with whom so many memories are shared. Carolyn always had a winning smile and gracious manner. We will always remember the days our girls, Megan and Kendida played together and went back and forth, in the neighborhood, from house to house.
In Carolyn's last years she struggled but always kept her smile. Her struggles are over and now she has new life in Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Peace, Joy and Blessings as you share your wonderful memories of a life well lived.
Much Love
The Tilley Family