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Clarence Columbus Mansell Sr.

1929 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Clarence Columbus Mansell Sr. Obituary
CLARENCE COLUMBUS MANSELL SR. April 18, 1929 - November 7, 2013. Our father, our friend, our teacher was Senior Master Sergeant Clarence Columbus Mansell Sr., lovingly called "CC" or "SARGE". "The Dash" is an imaginary line between birth and death. Each individual determines how to spend their dash. Clarence Mansell Sr. spent his dash well. He was the first of nine children born to Willie Frank Mansell Sr. and Ethel Collins Mansell. He was baptized at an early age in the Easley Union Baptist Church, and graduated from Simpson High School in 1947 in his home town of Easley, S.C. Clarence went off to Benedict College where he met his wife to be during their first few days at school. Clarence graduated with a degree in chemistry. After their graduation, Clarence and Harnethia N. Johnson were married, and he immediately enlisted in the Air Force where he spent 26 years on active duty. His assignments took him to Japan, the Phillipines, France, Guam and Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange and many traumatic experiences that had lasting inpacts for the rest of his life. Clarence and Harnethia are the proud parents of seven sons: Clarence C. Mansell Jr., La Mond F. Mansell, Selwyn D. Mansell, James E. Mansell, Patrice W. Mansell, Pascal D. Mansell and Bruce O. Mansell. He is also survived by three surviving sisters: Margaret Mansell Williams, Veronnica Lake Mansell Winston and Jo Ann Mansell Ashmore. He was preceded in death by 5 siblings: Ruby N. Mansell Byrd, Annie R. Mansell Austin, Sarah J. Mansell Anderson, Willie F. Mansell Jr., and James E. Mansell who died at the age of 16 as a POW in North Korea. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 8am-10am at Cross Word Christian Church, (former March Air Force Base Chapel 1), 14950 Riverside Dr., Riverside, CA 92518., followed by Funeral Service at 10:00am. Pastor Mark Beigle of Liberty Baptist Church Officiating. Interment at Riverside National Cemetery. Dad, you were a strong foundation that the rest of the family was able to build a life upon. It was a foundation composed of the values that you lived by and taught your children. They were the values of love, humility, respect and consideration for others, hard work, self reliance, and belief in ourselves. In the Air Force, you served your country bravely and honorably. You set the example in the way you lived your life. You were always strong, dedicated, protective and loving to your family and friends. The world is in a better place because you were a part of it. Although it is hard to accept your passing, we know that you are in a better place now, and for that we are grateful. We know that you would want us to be strong, so instead of tearfully saying goodbye, we will celebrate your life and carry on in your name and in your example. We will miss you very much. Memories of you will always be in our hearts. We will always love you!!!

Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2013
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