W.C. “Bill” Clawson, age 85, of Quanah, Texas, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Quanah, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church with Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Burial will follow in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Quanah.
Mr. Clawson was born on July 26, 1926 and was the son of the late W.W. and Novella (Mote) Clawson. He left school shortly before graduation to join the U.S. Navy in order to serve his country during World War II. Many years later he was honored by a ceremony at Sulphur Bluff High School, Sulphur Bluff, Texas, where he was awarded his high school diploma. He and Joan Major were married on April 17, 1948, in Vernon, Texas, and they rode the Zephyr back home to Quanah. In 2008 the Zephyr returned to Quanah and Bill and Joan met the Zephyr to celebrate their 60th anniversary at the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railroad Depot where both had worked since 1946. He was a resident of Quanah since 1946 and a retired conductor of the QA&P Railroad for 36 years. He was a former employee of Georgia-Pacific for four years and also retired Mid-Tex security guard at the Georgia-Pacific plant. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Quanah Masonic Lodge #689 AF&AM, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by great-grandson Taylor Wiseman in 2008 and three brothers, J.B., Charmie, and Oscar Clawson.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Clawson of Quanah; two daughters, Kathy Jowers and husband Earl of Quanah, Texas, and Vicki King of Wichita Falls, Texas; a sister, Jean Stewart and husband Hollis of Decatur, Texas; three grandsons, James Gresham of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jeremy Jowers and wife Charity of Seymour, Texas, and Kevan Jowers and wife Rebecca of Iowa Park, Texas; and five great-grandchildren, Jay, Erik, Joshua, Joseph and Benjamin Jowers. He was also survived by many dear friends and family members too numerous to mention.
Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family suggests memorials may be given to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 356, Quanah, Texas 79252, or the Veterans Fund in care of First Capital Bank, Quanah, Texas.