Sody Clampett, the much beloved wife of legendary Animation Director Bob Clampett, passed away on June 20th, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. Theota “Sody” Stone was born April 4th, 1931 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Della and Albert Stone. After her father passed in 1951, Sody, her mom and sister Jody, moved to Los Angeles where she attended business college. Shortly after graduating, she met Bob Clampett whom she married in Mexico City in 1955.
She worked side-by-side with Bob co-producing the Beany and Cecil cartoon series and even co-wrote the theme song for the show. She also did voice acting and inspired characters for the series. Later in their life together, Sody was instrumental in establishing and managing a college lecture tour for Bob, focusing on the history of his life in animation. They loved crossing the country and meeting cartoon fans, making friends wherever they went.
Sody managed to do all this while also raising their three kids, running a household and taking on everything from being a scout leader to running charity events. After Bob’s passing in 1984, Sody carried on his legacy, establishing Bob Clampett Animation Art, producing new Beany and Cecil episodes, overseeing the international distribution of his work and managing the Creative Center Studio on Seward Street in Hollywood.
Even in her final years, as she dealt with Alzheimer’s, her positive attitude and warm smile shone through. Sody lived life with a big spirit. She was a devoted mother and wife, friend to many, dynamic business woman and world traveler. We were graced by her presence, and will always hold her in our hearts.
Sody is survived by her family, who adored her: son, Rob Clampett, daughter-in-law, Keiko Clampett, daughter Ruth Clampett, daughter Cheri Clampett Borda and son-in-law Victor Borda, as well as her grand-children: Robert Kenneth Clampett, Sean Clampett and Alex Dorion. She is also survived by her sister, Jody Swisher.
The memorial service is pending. If you would like to attend, or be contacted when details are set, please email: Service@ClampettStudio.com.