Thursday, April 5, 2007

Clifford E. Wilson, 81, of Washburn, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield.

He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Walter and Pearl (Stevens) Wilson. On Nov. 18, 1960, in Akron, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Polly Ann Bruton, who survives.

Additional survivors include: one son, Carey Wilson and his wife, Tammy, of Van Buren, Ark.; one daughter, Suzie Wilson, of Joplin; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steve Wilson; one adopted son, Jeremy Adam Flanders; three brothers, Paul, Clarence and Jim and two sisters, Frances and Gladys.

He grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, and received his education there. On Dec. 15, 1943, he entered the United States Army and served in the European Theater campaign. He received a purple heart medal, as well as two bronze service stars, and was honorably discharged in 1946. Clifford enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He and Polly were foster parents to several children. He was a member of the VFW in Commerce City, Colorado.

His body was cremated under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. A memorial service was Saturday in Mission Baptist Church in Washburn. Brother Dayton Brattin conducted the services.

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