Kathy Clark Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC
Clark, Kathy Lynn Sappenfield
June 11, 1953 – October 21, 2021
Kathy Lynn Sappenfield Clark, 68, died on October 21, 2021. Kathy was born on June 11, 1953 in High Point, North Carolina, to the late Harold Wilson Sappenfield and Mary Faye Sappenfield. She grew up with her parents and sisters in a loving home on Oakview Road, High Point. Kathy and her sisters loved riding bikes and reading. She was incredibly sociable and loved being out with her friends.
After graduating from Andrews High School, Kathy enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College, where she received an associate degree in dental hygiene. She eventually returned to GTCC many years later for her diploma in medical transcription. This resulted in her teaching there as a complement to her former faculty, where she quickly got the teaching bug, which resulted in her being offered a full-time position in 2008 while completing her associate degree in medical practice.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Timothy Clark of Greensboro, NC; her 2 sons Adam Shumaker of Atlanta, GA; and Sam and his wife Tricia Shumaker of Greensboro, NC; her 2 sisters Teresa and husband Allan Richardson of Montgomery, AL; and Lisa and her husband Doug Newton of High Point, NC; 2 nephews; 2 nieces; and 2 grandchildren.
Before and during her first marriage, she briefly worked as a dental hygienist. She later put her career aside to devote her time to raising her sons, but in the years that followed, she wore many hats professionally. Kathy and one of her closet friends would get into the business and open a fashion boutique. For several years she took on the role of office manager at Plants & Answers and The Big Greenhouse. In 1998, Kathy became the executive assistant at Southern Office Furniture. She reported directly to the company president, who called her “a genius,” and worked hand-in-hand with contractors to coordinate a $ 1.5 million corporate office and oversee the owners’ LLC businesses. Ten years later, she received her 2nd associate degree while working full-time at GTCC. From then on, Kathy would continue her education alongside teaching. She loved the constant study that came with teaching. She never stopped. She loved learning and she loved teaching. According to her peers, she could do anything for fun, even something as mundane and overwhelming as medical coding. Kathy was an “energetic and confident” leader who never gave up on her students.
Kathy made lifelong friends everywhere and was loved by everyone she worked with. She was excited about her faith in Christ and shared it with others. Kathy was just as passionate about her opinions, which were always well informed and to the point. Never one who shies away from difficult topics, stands up for herself and what she thinks is true and just, with love and grace. Her favorite place in the world was the beach, sitting on a chair by the water with a good book in hand and the water at her feet. She was a wonderful soul that shone bright enough to fill any room she was in. The pain of her sudden loss is immense, but all of us who were lucky enough to know her will be forever blessed if we have had them in our lives.
Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on October 27, 2021.