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Maunsell Wakefield

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Maunsell Clark Wakefield

92 years

Biloxi and Houston

Maunsell Clark Wakefield

Maunsell Clark, "Sonny" Wakefield, 92, passed away April 28, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maunsell Clark Wakefield Sr and Anna Mae Cook and first and second wives: Edythe Marsh Wakefield Traylor, and Lynn Garon Wakefield. He is survived by children: Nancy and Cathy Wakefield; Barbara and Rocky Garon, Lulu Mount and Marcia Johnson. He will be missed by grandson, Scott and wife Sara, and first cousin Anna C. "Tossie" Crook. Clark grew up in Dallas, Texas, attended North Dallas HS and received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas. He was active in the Navy and Navy Reserve, from 1942 until retirement in 1980, serving as Commander in Chief of Several SeaBee Construction Battalions and as Chief of Staff of the Seabee Reserves. He achieved the rank of Captain. Clark received the Silver Star for his efforts, as a frogman, on the Underwater Demolition Team Seven, during WW II. He worked for Borden Co. in Milw., Chicago, and New York, then owned his own cement pigment company, Ricketson Color Corp., in Milw. He moved to Gulfport and Biloxi, Ms, in the late 60's where he managed several businesses, as well as an apple production company in Arizona. He was busy in the community serving as President of the local Red Cross, and President of the Gulf Coast Retired Officers Association. Clark also served on the Board of Directors of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and on the Advisory Council for Keesler Air Force Base Officers Club. Clark was an avid fisherman and golfer, having coordinated many tournaments for the Chamber , Cancer Society and Keesler Air Force Base. A military memorial service will be held dockside in Biloxi, August 16th. His ashes will be spread in his favorite fishing hole, near the Chandeleur Islands, by his fishing and Navy buddies. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your regional American Red Cross Association.

Published in The Sun Herald on May 5, 2013
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