Dorothy Ruth (Pinckard) Clagett

December 2, 1922June 25, 2021

Graveside Services for Dorothy Ruth Pinckard Clagett, 98, will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Sunset Memorial Park with Rev. Lorraine Brown officiating.

Dorothy Ruth Pinckard Clagett, was born December 2, 1922 at the home of her grandparents in Marshall, Texas. She was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, attending Queensboro Elementary, graduating from Fairpark High School, and attended the College of Marshall Junior College graduating with an A.A. degree. She continued her college education earning a B.A. degree at Louisiana Tech at Rustin, Louisiana, in 1944. She began teaching in Caddo Parish Louisiana in the fall of 1944. While teaching at Queensboro, she married Arthur Frank Clagett in 1954. From 1956-68, the couple lived in south Louisiana where she taught at Tunica and Baker, Louisiana. When Arthur began teaching at SFASU, Dorothy worked on a Master’s degree graduating with an additional 30 hours over the Master’s. After receiving her M.Ed. from SFASU in 1970, Dorothy taught in Shreveport until she retired from teaching in 1977.

Dorothy was an active member of the community serving as president of the Garden Club Council, and Anna Raguet Garden Club. She won multiple prizes for her garden and flower arrangements. Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches , a leader of a Ladies Circle, participant in the Church Bazaar, treasurer and secretary of Sunday School Classes, and treasurer/secretary of Primetimers. Dorothy participated with the Garden Club Council and Federation of clubs supporting the Old University Building. Her large collection of fans was on display at the Old University Building July, 2010. She donated multiple personal items to the Old University Building. She was also member of the University Women’s Club of SFASU and helped plan many a covered dish social. In November 2011, Dorothy won a yard display in Nacogdoches for honoring American veterans. For many years, Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with Marie Baker, Dorothea Weitzel, Ruth Crisp, who were all over 90 years old. Another card group that was precious to her included Mary Ann Miles, Debbie Quarles, and Angela Russell. Through Dorothy’s lifetime , card playing was essential in her social life. Her best friends and neighbors for many years, the Turnage’s, adopted Dorothy as their Auntie Grannie loving her for over 50 years. In addition, Dorothy and Arthur have attachments to many students they taught through the years. During Dorothy’s last years, Sharon (Standley) Sanders , professional helper, became dear to Dorothy.

For the last few years, Dorothy lived in the Arbor Assisted Living. Made many friends, enjoying the activities, won the Spirit Prize (2018-2019).

Dorothy was pre-deceased by her husband, Arthur Frank Clagett; her parents, John Leonard Pinckard, mother Bessie Barnes Pinckard; sister, Alice P. Brockway; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Clagett Lucas. She is survived by John Oliver Brockway, nephew; cousins, Julie and Bob Inlow, Betty and Ted Steinbergh; other nieces and nephews , Elizebeth Free (who was very attentive and loving), Edwin Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Turnage, Bryan Turnage, members of the Open Door Sunday School Class.

No Flowers, but donations could be made to the First United Methodist Church and to the Dorothy Clagett Scholarship fund at SFASU.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Dorothy Ruth (Pinckard) Clagett

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