Lillian Marjorie Matthews Click, age 88, passed away
early Tuesday morning, January 22, 2013, in Haw River, North Carolina. She was
born February 20, 1924.
A native of Cosby, she was one of five daughters born to
William and Leota (Layman) Matthews of the Chavis community.
Born into a musical family, she and her sisters Sammie,
Elsie, and Naomi, sang in a quartet, traveling to numerous church services,
homecomings, reunions, and funerals to share their talents.
She attended Cosby Academy and following her graduation
from Cosby High School in 1943, she became one of a special group of patriotic
citizens who worked in "The Secret City," now Oak Ridge, on the
Manhattan Project on the development of the highly secret atomic bomb.
Following the war, she and another Cosby native, Charles
Hartsell Click, newly home from his military service, were married at the home
of the late Rev. W. C. Sauceman on March 22, 1946.
After her marriage, she was employed as a clerk by three
Newport businesses: Jenkins & Darwin, The Bootery, and Ashley's Outlets.
For many years, she and her husband resided in the former
home of his parents, Benjamin and Julia (Hartsell) Click in Bogard, where they
reared their three sons: Duaine Hartsell Click, Michael Lee Click, and David
The Click family's membership and service to Union
Missionary Baptist Church in Bogard pre-dates the Civil War, and Lillian's
membership remained there until her death.
Following her husband's death in 1989, Lillian continued
to reside in the family home, welcoming dozens of relatives each summer for
family reunions and get-togethers, until ill health necessitated her move to
She will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife,
mother, and grandmother, a dear and faithful friend, a gracious hostess, and a
devoted lover of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In addition to her husband, parents, grandparents, and
in-laws, she was preceded in death by her sisters Inez Matthews and Sammie
Matthews Hall, and brothers-in-law Rev. Hubert Hall, Sr., Jake Bomar, and
Left to treasure her memories are her sons and
daughters-in-law Duaine and Pat Click of Newport, Michael and Linda Click of
Haw River, North Carolina, and David and Adriana Click of Florida;
grandchildren Angie Click, Denise Barrett, Terri Hall, Sheri Large, Tim Large,
and Robert Large, Michelle Poole and Melynda Kimber, and Sammy Click and David
Click, Jr.; great-grandchildren Wayne Brandon, Audrey Conard, Madelyn Naillon,
Sierra Large, C.J. Click-Kimber, Kyara Kimber, Brianna Kimber, Kaleb Large, and
Logan Large; and great-great-grandchildren Martin Cox and Halle Lillian Cox.
Additional survivors include her sisters Elsie Bomar and
Naomi Lunsford, both of Cosby, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Frances 'Pat'
and Tom Chism of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother-in-law Jerry Even of Chicago,
Illinois, and sister-in-law Mary Lou Click of San Antonio, Texas; numerous
nieces and nephews and their families, and a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday,
January 25, 2013, in the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wiley Woody
officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at
Manes Funeral Home prior to the funeral services.
Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013,
in Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Duay O'Neil, Warren Bryant, Eugene
Arrowood, Estel Daniels, Mike Bryant, and Sherrell Byrd.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be
made to Union Baptist Church, P. O. Box 868, Newport, Tennessee 37822.
Family and friends may sign the guest register online at
Manes Funeral Home in charge