Community mourns three of its most memorable
By Kim Hasty
They knew her from St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she was a longtime member and devoted volunteer.
They knew her from her Fairfield Road neighborhood, where she always brought good food and good conversation to their get-togethers.
They knew her from Better Health of Cumberland County, Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County and Connections of Cumberland County, where she worked to help those in need.
They knew her from the tennis courts, where she was quick to issue a friendly invitation to all those venturing into competition for the first time.
They knew her as a resilient Army wife, a caring mother, an engaging friend and a doting grandmother.
But wherever it was that someone knew Judy Klinck, every single one of them loved her.
“Judy Klinck, my sweet friend,” wrote Martha Lerario in a recent social media post. “You were a doer of good, tirelessly helping others in our community and living a life of service to those in need.
“Your joys were family and friends, faith, tennis and traveling the world,” she said. “My heart aches for all of us who knew and loved you.”
Judy Klinck died June 26 at 73 years old.
“Judy did so much for so many,” said Amy Navejas, CEO of United Way of Cumberland County and who succeeded Klinck as executive director at Better Health. “Despite her travels and many roles, she was always willing to find a way to fit in one more role if asked. When I took on the position of executive director at Better Health, she embraced me openly. She trusted me, guided me, and answered my many, many questions.
“I am sure it was not easy to hand over an organization she had poured her blood, sweat and tears into,” she said. “And yet, she put her faith and support into me, and encouraged me to make it my own. She was absolutely vital in my success there, but more importantly, to the organization and the thousands of people in need that it has served.
“If everyone in our community had a servant’s heart like Judy, we could do so much.”
Our community also suffered the loss of Sue Wampler and Chuck Weber last week. Wampler, 72, was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, a former president and board member for Cape Fear Regional Theatre.
“Sue was my dear friend and buddy in so many ways,” said Diane Parfitt, owner of CityCenter Gallery & Books. “Partners in bridge, book buddies in book club, and soulmates in our mutual cardiac rehab program. There are so many other things we shared, and I will miss her beyond words. She was a beautiful person.”
Weber was 73 when he died June 20 in his Linville home in the mountains. A successful builder in Fayetteville, he was the founder of Morganton Management and Development.
“What a great friend and an unbelievable inspiration to the business community,” Billy Wellons wrote in an online memorial. “Proud to be his friend.”
“He developed the most beautiful multi-family properties in Fayetteville for over 40 years, each apartment community was his personal vision,” added Tina Vassaur. “Each property evolved into a more incredible asset each time. Anyone who knows him will tell you, he was loyal, honest and loved life.”