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Carmen McCants Klink

December 5, 1950 September 12, 2018
Carmen McCants Klink
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Carmen Anita McCants-Klink was the first of six children born to Claretta and Golden McCants, on December 5, 1950 in the Bronx, NY at Lincoln Hospital. Carmen grew up in Brooklyn and since the age of five, she exhibited a talent for visual arts. Her mom kept her supplied with art and craft tools to help her develop her talent. For her sweet sixteenth birthday, Carmen designed and crafted individual invitations by hand for her party. Carmen carried this talent throughout her formative schooling to Washington Irving High School where she graduated and further pursued her passion at Nathaniel Hawthorne College in New Hampshire where she graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1972. After graduation she went on to become an art teacher with the New York City Department of Education. She believed in the power of art to open the mind and the soul. By guiding her students to discover paint, sketching, sculpting, color, and light, she helped them to see the beauty in the world around them. Her passionate teaching deeply inspired the children she taught and awakened the creativity in each one. Carmen’s legacy has been etched into the hearts and minds of her students, where she will forever remain. She taught for many years and eventually earned her M.S. in Special Education from Lehman College.

While in college, Carmen was introduced to the love her life, John H. Klink, by his best friend Eddie Kittrell’s sister Flemmie, which started a correspondence that led to their first meeting in July of 1969 where they both fell in love with each other. They dated for four years until they were married on August 18, 1973. The two went on to build their lives together in the Bronx, N.Y. On October 1, 1978 they welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Kia-Lin Louise Klink whom she lovingly referred to her as “Kiwi.” During the years of her marriage and motherhood, Carmen built her professional career as an art teacher in the Bronx Middle Schools for 36 years. She was once celebrated as NY CASCD Distinguished Educator Award at the Plaza Hotel on April 28, 1996. She became a dean of special education students at J.H.S. 120 in the Bronx. Carmen was a dedicated teacher that spent her time building and developing the self-esteem of her students in the areas of art and life until her retirement from I.S. 131.

As a wife, she was devoted and loving to John, often preparing his favorite foods such as German potato salad. She was always traveling abroad and visiting various places throughout. She had plans of traveling soon with her husband. One of her favorite restaurants with John in New York was a place in City Island; named “Jonny’s Reef” were she would order her shrimp. Carmen loved shrimp!!! She was John’s constant companion and friend for life. As a mom, she spent lots of time with her Kiwi going to various places such as family trips, outings, Jack and Jill and Girl Scout functions. Carmen was alway’s planning for what was next to come; from Kia’s birthday parties, out of the country trips and sleepovers. She was a present mother, always advising and watching her daughter grow into the beautiful young lady that she is today. Nothing made her happier than seeing Kiwi happy through all of her milestones. Kiwi’s milestones included; all levels of schooling, to good make-up choices, to college graduation, to marriage and to her own motherhood of two beautiful children.
As a devoted grandmother, she was overwhelmed with the love and affection that she received from Kaylah; with who she nick named “squishy” and Kaden; who she nick named “spots”. She saw an artistic spark in Kaylah and was intrigued by the developmental stages she was beginning with her artistic talent. Kaden…was her baby boy who always loved to crawl up in the bed with her to get kisses on his special spots under his neck. She was always concerned about their well-being and development. As the greatest mother-in-law, she was always encouraging and supportive to her son-in-law. As a loyal big sister, she loved her family and it was evident in the care she took with holiday parties and her famous Christmas chocolate log and always availing herself when needed and always ready for a family get together.

She spent lots of time with her cousin Patricia Wooten from childhood to adulthood. As a devoted friend, Carmen was always there for her girlfriends; whether it was shopping trips, girl-time get-togethers or friendly functions where she was a member of the “Red Hat Club”. As a daughter, she was devoted to her mom and dad until his death, stepping into the mix of all brothers and sister to take care of her mom by showing love and support for her, calling her every day, providing help when needed and straightening the rest of her siblings out when needed. As an aunt, she was a motivator, a role model, giving and caring. As a godmother, she was the best at providing encouragement and sound advice on relationships and life. As a sister-in-law, she adorned her ladies with love, kindness and friendship.

Carmen was kind, generous, thoughtful, patient, loving, caring and funny. She was always smiling and always concerned for everyone’s well-being. It was not unusual to find Carmen watching North Carolina’s PBS or reading a good romance novel. PBS’s Masterpiece was a favorite of Carmen’s. She was enthralled by “Murder In Paradise” and the many mysteries in the series. She also closely followed Vivian Howard on A Chef’s Life. Nothing was better than shopping with Kia, especially when a trip to Steinmart was involved. Carmen got a thrill from finding the best deals on QVC, HSN, and Amazon, but she was a Bloomie’s girl at heart. She loved keeping up with family and friends through Facebook. She was also an avid reader from her E-book to magazines.

Her artistic ability was boundless and she spent quite a bit of time in her art studio at her home in La Grange, N.C. during her retirement. The very definition of an artist herself, Carmen was a strong advocate of local arts councils. She enjoyed visits to the Kinston Council for the Arts and the Arts Council of Wayne County. She took great pride and pleasure in expressing herself through sketching and paint. Her spare time was often spent helping to paint God’s canvas with her beautiful flower garden.

On September 12, 2018, God moved her from labor to rest and she leaves to cherish her memory to her mother whom she adored, Claretta B. McCants, her loving husband, John H. Klink, her beloved daughter Kia-Lin Louise Holmes and son-in-law Christopher Holmes, her beautiful grandchildren, Kaylah and Kaden Holmes, her sweet god-daughters, Kenda Kittrell Chavis and Sunserai Davis, her beloved siblings, Cedric McCants and wife Renee,Wayne McCants and wife Karen, Darryl McCants and her beloved sister Charmaine McCants-Collins husband Roland. Carmen was preceded in death by her father, Golden C. McCants and her brother, Adrian C. McCants. Her beautiful nieces and nephews, Nikita, Shaunda, Roland III, Armani, Melquan, Amir, Khalif, Amaya, Autumn and Sienna. Her great-nieces and nephews, Kimani, Kei-onna, Zyan, Empress, Cedrique and Adrian Michelle. Her sister-friends, Linda, Joyce, Cassie, Melinda, Anna, and Inge. A special friend Wanda Boone. And a big host of other family and friends.

A service to celebrate and honor Carmen’s life will be held Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. A time of visitation and fellowship will follow the service. Burial will be 12 p.m. Monday at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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Service Of Remembrance




4:00 PM 9/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Visitation Will Follow Service

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States





12:00 PM 9/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery

164 Long's Plant Farm Road
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
164 Long's Plant Farm Road Goldsboro 27534 NC
United States

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Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Final Resting Place

164 Long's Plant Farm Road
Goldsboro, NC 27534

164 Long's Plant Farm Road Goldsboro 27534 NC
United States

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