Clinton Lee “Clint” Baggett 78 of Sanford passed away at UNC Hospital on Thursday February 10, 2022. Graveside services will be held at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery on Monday February 14, 2022, at 2:00pm. The family will receive friends at Cool Springs Baptist Church from 12:30pm till 2:00pm on February 14, 2022.
Clint Baggett was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. He continued to live in Sanford when he got married to Charlotte Morris in August of 1963, and as he raised his daughters, Michelle Ann (Miki) and Amanda Leigh (Mandi).
Clint was the youngest of six children. He grew up in a small house on Charlotte Avenue in East Sanford. His elaborate stories of a runaway circus elephant walking down the middle of the street one night and of a neighbor who kept a mean pet monkey named Judy would make his family laugh and would make him remember some funny times as a child. But Clint’s youth was definitely not filled with happy memories. Starting at the age of 12, he had to begin paying rent at his house. His father, Cliff, would take him to his job at Sanford Sash and Blind, and when Clint asked if he could play sports instead, he’d hear that he was too poor to do that. Clint and his mother, Eugenia, would bounce around from their house to Aunt Annie’s house. Clint never saw love and affection in the way you’d hope a child would.
Clint did, however, see what true love could be when he met Charlotte in the spring of 1963, they married in August and soon had Miki. But Clint’s hard-working attitude transitioned to adulthood responsibilities. It included working seven days a week at John’s Pharmacy as a tech and then six days a week as a tech at Pittsboro Pharmacy. But ten years after he got married and Mandi came along, Clint thought a 40 hour a week job would be better for his family. Clint retired at 65 from Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal) as a shipping and receiving clerk.
Clint encouraged his children to work hard in school and become self-sufficient. He was so proud when both girls graduated from college. But Clint was also proud of his own academic accomplishments, as he graduated from CCCC with an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Management, all while working full time and in his 40s.
After he retired, he wanted to use his time for the benefit of others. This included volunteering at The Bread Basket, with the Christian United Outreach Center, with the Stevens Center, and with the Baptist Men’s Group. Also, for three and a half years, Clint aided his brother-in-law in getting to dialysis treatment three days a week, as well as driving him to doctor’s appointments and lunch outings.
Even with his difficult upbringing and the hardships he faced, Clint would always lend a helping hand to those in need, most of the time unbeknownst to them. His niece, Jan Tart, said it best…”He and Mama were a lot alike in the fact they were so tough, but had a soft spot for the most vulnerable and marginalized. They often went out of their way to help them.”
Clint is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Hilton, Johnny, Peggy, and Virginia. His brother, Sam, is currently living in Ocala, Florida. Love one another and do good deeds.
Memorials can be made to Breadbasket of Sanford, 140 E Chisholm St, Sanford, NC 27330 or The Salvation Army of Lee County, 507 N Steele St, Sanford, NC 27330.
COVID 19 guidelines will be followed, and facial coverings are requested.
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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.