Clarkson, Thomas Cooke
Oct. 24, 1916 - Dec. 22, 2013
Thomas Cooke Clarkson, 97, of Sarasota, died December 22, 2013, in the loving care of Tidwell Hospice House and with his daughter by his side.
Tom was born to Thomas and Edith Norman Clarkson on October 24, 1916, in Hamburg, AR. He attended Hendrix College in Conway, AR, and graduated from Tyler Commercial College in Tyler, TX. Tom served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. as a pilot during World War II
. Subsequently, he was Vice President of Sales for the Chemical Division of Georgia-Pacific Corp. (formerly the Crossett Paper Company) in Crossett Arkansas.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Eydie Peacher of Sarasota; grandson, Stephen (Anne) Peacher of Weston, MA; granddaughter, Alison (Bill) Rusche of Bloomington, IN, and great-grandchildren Nicholas, Thomas and Margaret Peacher and Jack and Katherine Rusche. He is preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Helen Nutter Clarkson.
All who knew and loved Tom will remember him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a Presbyterian and dedicated to community service having volunteered at Doctor's Hospital and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department for over 25 years. Tom was also an accomplished golfer and a great fan of the game.
A private interment service will be planned for the spring in Tom's hometown of Hamburg, Arkansas.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105