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Richard Weiss of Clarksdale, MS died December 29th, 2012 after a long illness. He was born on August 9, 1933 to Joe and Cissy Weiss. He graduated from Clarksdale High School where he received many football honors including All Big 8 and High School All-American. He went on to play football at Ole Miss from 1952-1956 where he played in two Sugar Bowls and one Cotton Bowl. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers but went on to play in the Canadian League for a brief time. He was long time owner/operator of Clarksdale Ready Mix. He served 12 years as a City Commissioner in Clarksdale and served many years on the Clarksdale Public Utilities Board. He was an active member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Clarksdale. He was one of the best crappie fishermen of all time. Many people knew him as "The King". He was much loved by his many, many friends. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lou Ann Bass Weiss, his two sons, Ricky (Suzanne) Weiss of Clarksdale, MS, Joe (Wendy) Weiss of Collierville, TN, and his daughter, Lou Anne Shepherd (Jeff) of Columbus, MS; brother Henry Weiss (Jody) of Columbus, MS; grandchildren, Rich Weiss (Ann Rene), Elizabeth Weatherall (Heath), Cissy Weiss, Alex Weiss, John Simpson (Jenna), Anne Clark Shepherd and three great grandchildren, Elaine Weiss, Liz Weiss, and Annie Weatherall. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home of Clarksdale, MS is handling the arrangements. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 31st, at 1 pm at The First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale with funeral services immediately following at 2 pm, conducted by Rev. Bill Gleason. Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rich Weiss, Ronald Bennett, Eddie Crawford, Arthur Davis, Charles Harlow, Holcomb Hector, David Hunt, Billy Kinard, Kent Lovelace, Pat Peay, Bobby Schmitz, Johnny Tarzi, and Charles Neal White. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Aaron, Brent Bass, Buddy Bass, Hamp Bass, Marvin Carraway, Dr. John Douglass, Shaw Johnson, John Simpson and Jimmy Walker. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale, MS or Lee Academy.
Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home
314 E 2nd Street
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Published in Clarion Ledger on Dec. 31, 2012