Clarence Lamar

Clarence DuBose Lamar

January 5, 1923 -

January 5, 2014

Clarence DuBose Lamar died unexpectedly Sunday celebrating his 91st Birthday. C.D. or Tiny, as he is known by family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Pensacola. Born January 5, 1923 to James Wallace Lamar and Julia Lurleyne Fulghum Lamar, he was the youngest of their four children. Although named for Dr. Clarence Hutchinson, the doctor who delivered him, it was his Aunt "Bebe" who, declared that he was the "tiny" baby and that affectionate named stuck with him all his life.

In many ways, Tiny grew up with Pensacola. At age 5, he took his first airplane ride sitting in his sister, Blanche's lap. The Ford tri-motor took off an airfield located where present day Fairfield Drive meets Davis Highway. He remembered riding his bicycle across the newly opened Pensacola Bay Bridge without passing a single automobile. Growing up on Strong Street in North Hill, he was proud to be a member of the "North Hill Eleven", a neighborhood football team. He loved maps, geography, history and aviation. He learned to play golf at the Pensacola Country Club where he developed a lifelong passion for the game; which he shared with his sons and grandchildren.

After graduating from Pensacola High School in 1940, Tiny attended Washington & Lee University where he was initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a brotherhood he truly enjoyed all his days. Shortly after attending the 1942 Rose Bowl, which was relocated from Pasadena to Duke University because of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tiny returned to Pensacola. Although raised in a "Navy" town, he chose to serve his country in the Aviation Cadet program of the Army Air Corps. He received his pilot wings in 1943, seventy years ago this past September. He piloted B-24 and B-29 aircraft during WWII. Flying out of Tinian and following a "bombing" run delivering supplies to U.S. prisoners of war, Tiny and his B-29 crew were the first U.S. combat aviators to land on Japanese soil following Japan's Surrender in August 1945. Later, during the Korean Conflict, he was a pioneer in the Air Force's new force projection strategy using aerial refueling. However, the most significant event of his career occurred at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama. It was there, on a blind date, that Tiny met Miss Betty Brown, a true southern belle. They were married in 1945 and remained inseparable for the next 69 years.

Returning to Pensacola after the war, Tiny worked for the Martin-Dashiell Agency before joining the new Chemstrand manufacturing plant, as it opened its doors. He remained with Chemstrand, later Monsanto, and retired after 27 years of dedicated service. Tiny was raised in Pensacola's First Methodist Church, which was built by his grandfather, Stephen Fagan Fulghum; but he and Betty joined the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. John Thomas was the minister and his childhood friends and golf buddies, Bill Noonan and Bobby Martin attended there with their growing families. Thus began Tiny's long and faithful term of service to that church. He served first as an Elder, then as Clerk of the Session; was a member and teacher in the Men's Bible Class and was a founding and active member of the men's ecumenical breakfast bible study which still meets there each Tuesday morning.

"Paw Paw" was actively involved in his grandchildren's lives. Whether coaching their little league teams, teaching them the game of golf, attending choral, dance and violin recitals, watching their theatre productions and football games, giving interviews for history fair projects or watching with them and cheering for their favorite college and sports teams, he was always a fan. His children and grandchildren alike describe him as "the biggest Auburn fan never to have attended a class on the Loveliest Village on the Plains". He proudly wore his Auburn hat to his birthday party on Sunday.

Tiny was preceded in death, by his parents; his sister, Julia Cecele Lamar Campbell and his brother, James Wallace Lamar, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth Brown Lamar; his son Edward Duncan "Ted" Lamar, his wife Lou Anne and their children Matthew Bennett Morgan and his wife, Mary Clay; Margaret Elizabeth Morgan Smith and her husband Stephen and Anne Franklin Lamar; his son David Stephen Lamar, his wife Karin and their children Edward Ashley Lamar and his wife Rebekah; David Lewis Lamar and his wife Stephanie and Laura Kathryn Lamar; his son Robert Brown Lamar, his wife Wendy and their children Rachel Lamar Call and her husband Dan and Sarah Catherine Lamar; his son Clarence DuBose "Duby" Lamar, Jr., his wife Ellen and their children Leslie Brown Erdman and her husband Brian and Ellen Elisabeth Lamar. He was also blessed to have eight great grandchildren. Tiny is also survived by his sister, Blanche Lamar McDavid and his sister-in-law, Dorothy "Dot" Lamar Leitch. Nieces and nephews, William Ronald Campbell, Jr., Cecele Campbell Quaintance, Wallace Lamar Campbell, Blanche Campbell Skubic, Lurleyne Lamar Terry, Louise Lamar-Levy, James Wallace Lamar III, and William Duncan McDavid, Jr., will miss and fondly remember their "Uncle Tiny".

A memorial service celebrating Tiny Lamar's life and homecoming will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 E. Gregory Street. Pensacola, Florida. The Reverends Frank Beall and Randon Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service. A private burial will occur at Barrancas National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be to the Pinky Bach Men's Bible Breakfast Fund c/o the First Presbyterian Church, 33 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 8, 2014