Claire W. Gomperts

October 17, 1922August 6, 2018

Claire Virginia Willard Gomperts passed away on August 6, 2018. She was born October 17, 1922 in Holt, Alabama to Mary Eloise Blackman Willard and Victor Bailus Willard. She graduated from Fairfield high school in 1941, was a member of the Glee Club, President of Delphian Drama Club, head cheerleader, a voice student of Evelyn Phar and dance student of Mildred Adams. She married George A. Gomperts in 1947, and resided in Mountain Brook for forty-five years. They have one son Robert D. Gomperts. Claire was a member of Church of the Advent, previously serving as President of St. Margaret’s Guild under the leadership of Ann Pritchard. She was a member and twice president of Shades Mountain Music Club and president of Coronets Dance Club. Claire was a member of Vestavia Country Club, active in tennis and golf winning many trophies, served as tennis captain for eight years, a member of Ladies Golf Association and in 1983 claimed first Ladies Golf Open at Chace Lake. Claire was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, became Life Master at Miami Beach U.S. Open in 1970. Claire is survived by her husband George Artrey Gomperts of Vestavia Hills, AL ; her son Robert Dean Gomperts of Gainesville, FL ; niece Barbara Anne Huffman of Panama City Beach, FL ; nephew Reuel Luther Huffman, III of Pleasant Grove, AL. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Eloise Blackman Willard, father Victor Bailus Willard, grandmother Clara Seymour Frink Blackman, and grandfather Charles H. Blackman. Youngest of four girls, she was also preceded in death by her sisters: Nellie Mae Willard, Mary Louise Willard Pearson and Bessie Dean Willard Huffman. Visitation will be in Clingman Commons at Cathedral Church of the Advent on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9:30 am until 10 am., with the funeral service in the church following at 10 am. Graveside service will be at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Claire asked that memorials be made to the choir of the Cathedral Church of The Advent, 2017 6th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203.



  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018


  • Burial

Claire W. Gomperts

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Philomena Telker

August 8, 2018

I know Aunt Claire through the love of her niece, Barbara Ann Huffman.
Barbara told numerous stories of Aunt Claire, and I came to love the aunt of my best friend through these wonderful stories.
I pray for the soul of Aunt Claire, and for the family who loved her so very much.
Rest In Peace with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.