Weldon Capps (1934 – 2022) Obituaries – Arcola, NC

Weldon C. “Clinton” Capps, Sr.
February 22, 1934 – February 1, 2022
Arcola, North Carolina – Arcola –
Weldon Clinton “Clint” Capps, son of the late Amos L. Capps and the late Rebecca Davis Capps, passed away peacefully at his home in Arcola, NC on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the age of 87. after a fierce battle with leukemia for more than 15 years. Clinton was born in a tent near Huntsville, AL in 1934 during the Great Depression while his father worked for the U.S. Geodetic Survey building remote survey towers.
The family returned to Arcola soon after, and Amos began hauling pulpwood to the fledgling paper mill in Roanoke Rapids. After serving in the United States Army in Germany, Clinton married the love of his life, Betty Jean (BJ) Bolton, in 1959. He later graduated from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at the University of State of North Carolina and moved to Oregon to start working. for the United States Forest Service. Clinton and BJ then moved to Alberta, VA, Warrenton, NC, and back to Arcola in 1966 where they built their forever home and raised their three sons. Clinton continued her work in the lumber business and eventually joined her father, Amos, in developing and running the Amos L Capps Pulpwood Company. During her career in the forest products industry from the 1940s through today, Clinton has not only witnessed tremendous changes from manual labor to the computerized mechanization we have today, but has also been an innovator and leader in these changes, guiding advances in safety, promoting wood-chipping, and establishing a way to mechanically thin pine plantations.
Clinton (Dad) LIVED his life, every day a new adventure – never fitting any mold. Baseball was one of his passions; A lifelong Yankees fan, he played with the traveling semi-pro team Norlina fielded in the 1950s. “Never let a ball pass you, and if you can put your glove on it, you should catch it. ” He enjoyed driving fast from start to finish, the outdoors and taking pictures. Always appreciative of people and his community, he was constantly active in civic affairs – including participating in and leading the Boy Scouts and Explorers, Jaycees and Lions Clubs, coaching Little League baseball and basketball teams – ball for his sons and grandchildren. He has volunteered with the Arcola Community Club, Arcola Volunteer Fire Dept., Warren County Forestry Club, and many other forestry and forestry associations. He considered his most important public duty to be his dedication to the United Methodist Church and Cemetery in Arcola and Bethlehem, where he served as chairman of the board and meticulously cared for the cemetery until its death. dead. It was not a job, but for him it was love and duty, and he will always be associated with Bethlehem.
As anyone who knew Clinton knows, it is impossible to capture her life in a short essay, because of her extraordinary character. No matter what Clinton did, her family was always at the center. He constantly and openly made it clear that his 62-year-old wife, BJ, was his great true love and absolute partner. Clinton was never one to follow the “status quo” or stray from what others saw as boundaries. With BJ’s guiding hand, they were an unprecedented couple: raising three sons while both working full time, and later in life they received their greatest blessing, grandchildren. His lifetime achievement was his example as a grandfather, and he was the absolute best at this important job. From the first announcement that he was going to be a grandfather, everything in his life passed after his grandchildren. Nothing and no one will ever separate this devotion.
Clinton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jean, and three sons: Weldon Clinton “Chip” Capps Jr. (Gina), Timothy “Tim” Guy Capps (Karol), Jonathan Davis Capps (Carla); grandchildren Courtney (Jonathan) Capps Pernell, Hannah (Hunter) Capps Geissinger, Weldon Thomas Capps, Skylar Dawn Capps, Kyleigh Faye Capps, Jason Reese Capps, Branson Alexander Capps, Kennedy Lauren Capps, Emily Davis Capps, Becker Seifert, Anna Freuler ; great-grandchildren Peyton and Ayden; siblings Lester (Elke) Capps, Robin (Frances) Capps and Lynn (Michael) Martin; and special family friends Roderick Richardson, Peggy Francis and Gloria Hopkins. He was predeceased by his siblings Sylvia Greene, Lee Capps and Dr. John Capps.
The public is invited to the funeral and interment to be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Arcola, North Carolina. Visitation will follow immediately at the church. The family will also be at home on the afternoon of Friday 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The family would like to thank the Duke Hospital Cancer Center and Department of Oncology for their professional and loving care over the past 15 years. Donations and memorials may be made at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery or Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
“Always leave something better than you found.”
Arrangements are through Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton. Online condolences can be made at www.blaylockfh.com

Published by The News & Observer on February 4, 2022.


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