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Dr. William M. Clawson

Hattiesburg, MS

Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday at Carterville Baptist Church for Dr. William M. Clawson, 92, of Hattiesburg.

He died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Bedford Care Center in Hattiesburg following a brief illness.

Burial will be in Roseland Park Cemetery.

Dr. Clawson was born May 8, 1921 in Hico, LA.

Dr. Clawson was a Pastor and Interim Pastor of numerous churches throughout Louisiana and South Mississippi and a Missionary to Mexico with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1953-1966.

Dr. Clawson began teaching as a Professor in 1965 at William Carey College then later served as Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Church Vocations, retiring in 1990. He most enjoyed teaching Old Testament Studies, Hebrew, and Biblical Archeology, as well as taking students on travels through the Holy Lands.

He was a active member of Carterville Baptist Church in Petal, MS and was also active in many civic organizations in the Hattiesburg/Petal area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Ila Ophelia Farley Clawson, four sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kathryn Jeanette Clawson of Hattiesburg; one son, William Arthur (Sandra Polly Johnson) of Temple, TX; two daughters, Kathy Jean Smith (David Lynn) Pearl, MS and Mary Elizabeth Clawson of Bay Springs; four grandchildren, Robert Marion Clawson (Lucy Palazzo) of San Marcos, TX, Evan Michael Clawson of Temple, TX, John David Smith and Sarah Kathryn Smith both of Pearl; and a host of nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering of The International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention; Bob Kendrick Ministries; or The William Clawson Scholarship at William Carey University.

Visitation will be 3:00-5:00 PM Sunday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS and beginning at 10:00 AM Monday at Carterville Baptist Church in Petal.


Published in the Hattiesburg American on Oct. 6, 2013
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