Vid Clopton, a soldier who lived his legacy from the beaches of Omaha to Bastogne to Pointe du Hoc and many places between, died March 16, 2013 at the age of 91.
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Vid proudly served his country as an Army Ranger and earned many distinguished honors. After being honorably discharged from the military, he entered Schuman Barber College and earned a professional barber license. He moved his family from North Carolina to Newport News, finding at that time no licensing laws had been established.
He became very active in helping to get legislation passed. He was appointed by former Gov. Mills E. Godwin to serve on the Board of Barbers Examiners, now known as the Board of Commerce. Later, under Gov. John Dalton, he also served as state president of the VA AM BBA Association. He also owned and operated Vid's Barber Shop and Museum Barber Shop.
He was proud to be a Mason, and served as Worshipful Master of Mariner No. 215. He was also a member of Eastern Star No. 43 for more than fifty years, as well as a member of the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge.
As a disabled veteran, Vid was very interested in the welfare of all veterans and was Past Commander of DAV Chapter 13 in Yorktown. During that time, the formation of DAV Stores was being established, and he worked long and hard to help bring them to the Peninsula. At the time of his death, he held membership with DAV Chapter 34 in Williamsburg.
Above all, his relationship with his Creator was strong and firm. For many years, he was an active member of Hilton Baptist Church in Newport News, teaching young boys in Sunday School. He had also served as a deacon for the church.
Vid was preceded in death by his parents, his three siblings and his infant daughter, Sylvia Diane. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Lillian Clopton; a daughter, Vivian Arney Myers (David); his grandchildren, Jason Hart (Pam) and Heather Mason (Jeremy); and his great-grandchildren, Jeremy, MacKenzie, Nicholas and Wes.
Vid died as he had lived – at peace with God and man. The family he so loved wanted to share a little about his very active life. He would have said to keep the obituary short, because "those who know me, know me. Those that do not really don't care."
The family will receive friends 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, or to Hilton Baptist Church, 101 Main Street, Newport News, 23601. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from Mar. 19 to Apr. 18, 2013