WW II veteran Francis R. Clarkson, 88, was a 50-year member of Masons
Francis R. Clarkson, 88, of North Vernon died at 1:28 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Jennings Healthcare Center.
A Masonic service and memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service with Masonic Rites provided by North Vernon Lodge #59. Officiating the memorial service will be the Rev. Connie Barr and Rev. Valerie Hardison. Family and friends will gather from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
Mr. Clarkson was retired from Cummins Engine Co. He was a WW II U.S. Navy veteran, had been a member of the North Vernon Masonic Lodge #59 of which he was a 50-year member and Master Mason. He had also been a member of the Morgantown, Kentucky Nazarene Church and Morgantown Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2009 he was recipient of the Morgantown chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's prestigious award "Veteran of the Year." Mr. Clarkson enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching basketball games, traveling, camping, square dancing, and woodworking.
Born May 12, 1924 in Letts, Mr. Clarkson was the son of John Olin and Bessie Mae Deppe Clarkson. He married Madean Ferrell Maxam, whom survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Neysa Mae Harsh Cumberworth of North Vernon and Colleen Fay (Daniel) Gatewood of Westport; son, Stanley Ray Clarkson of Columbus; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and his first wife, Virginia Clarkson Mason.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Clarkson was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Kay Clarkson; two brothers, William E. Clarkson and Allen O. Clarkson and two sisters, Betty L. Voss and Mary Bland.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Riley's Children's Hospital or the American Diabetes Foundation.