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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARY

Russell Turner Clarkson

November 25, 1946October 1, 2019
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Russell Turner Clarkson, age 72 of Jackson, passed away on October 1, 2019 from complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

He was born on November 25, 1946 to the late Kathryn Harris Clarkson and John Melvin Clarkson. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. Mr. Clarkson was a Sigma Chi charter member at Tennessee Tech. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and currently attended Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Clarkson was a board member of the Old Hickory Club of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Foundation. He was a lifelong Rotarian; he was voted Rotarian of the decade from 2000-2009 for the Old Hickory Rotary Club.

Since he retired, he worked regularly with the RIFA Soup Kitchen and the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson until his health failed him in the latter part of 2016. Mr. Clarkson was a blood donor, having given over two gallons in Middle Tennessee and over three gallons to Lifeline Blood Services in Jackson.

Mr. Clarkson was employed by Williams Enterprises Incorporated in Cookeville, TN from 1972 until 1989 then he was employed with Central Distributors as General Manager from 1990 until his retirement in 2014.

He is survived by his four children, Kelly A. Clarkson, J. Clay Clarkson (Kim), S. Levi Clarkson (Katherine), and Bentlee K. Clarkson. He is also survived by two “adopted” daughters, Kristi Tedford and Spencer Hancock, and a special friend Anita Langdon.

The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 142 McClellan Rd., Jackson, TN. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers and other remembrances, the family has requested that memorials be directed to Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA), The Boys and Girls Club of Jackson, or CurePSP via curepsp.org.

For online giving, please click the charity links below to make contributions.

  • FAMILY

  • Kelly A. Clarkson, Daughter
  • J. Clay Clarkson (Kim), Son
  • S. Levi Clarkson (Katherine), Son
  • Bentlee K. Clarkson, Daughter
  • Kristi Tedford and Spencer Hancock, Adopted Daughters
  • Anita Langdon, Special Friend

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Friday, October 4, 2019
  • The Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2019

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Rick Williams

October 2, 2019

Russell was always a great and caring friend both as Students at TTU, Class of 1969, but also a KO and EX brother. I will miss seeing Russell at TTU, 50 year reunion. May our brother, Russell rest in our Lord's eternal peace.
Brother, Fr. Rick Williams+
Salisbury, NC

Tom Grooms

October 2, 2019

Go 'KO' - our pledge class was rocking in the 60s - your family is in our prayers ...

Charles Baldwin

October 2, 2019

Russell always brought out the best in his fellow Old Hickory Rotarians calling on them to dig deep at Thanksgiving and then dig a little deeper again. I will never forget a cold morning in December in front of Walmart, when he and I rang the bells for the Salvation Army. For a time Russell rang while Bentlee and I created a "sundial" on the bricks in front of us. Russell will be enormously missed by all of us, but always remembered for his charity toward the least of those among us.

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