CALHOUN CITY - Robert Earl Clanton, Sr, 79, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2019, at his home in Oxford after a brief illness. He was born on November 1, 1939, in Webster County to the late Herman and Winnie Woods Clanton. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Webster County and attended Springhill High School. After graduating high school, Robert attended Holmes Junior College where he played football. Following college, he was employed with Soil Conservation in Meridian and Tupelo. He later moved to Calhoun County where he had farming interest. He was a former member and past President of the Lion’s Club in Calhoun City and was elected to serve as Supervisor of District 4 in Calhoun County. During his tenure on the board, he served as President of the Calhoun County Board of Supervisors and also served a term as State President of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. In later years, he worked with S&N Airoflo. He and his wife, Betty, enjoyed spending their retirement years at her home in Oxford and on the farm in Calhoun County.
Robert Earl was an avid conversationalist who immensely enjoyed his friends, the outdoors, and the time he spent with his grand and great grandchildren. They especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with Granddaddy.
He is survived by his wife, Betty M. Bennett Clanton of Oxford; his two sons, Rob Clanton and wife, JoJo, of Bruce and Russ Clanton and wife, Megan, of Alexandria, VA; his step daughter,Tracy B. (Chad) Coleman of Oxford; his mother-in-law, Hazel B. McNeely, of Oxford; four grandchildren, Jay (Kayla), Tanner, Elizabeth, and Reagan Clanton; three step grandchildren, Laken Shankle, Hunter and Tyler Coleman; and two great grandchildren, Bennett and Jase Clanton.
In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Myra Ann Summerford and Linda Harrelson (Lee) of Calhoun City; a niece, Lisa Lansdell, a nephew, Ben Harrelson and two step nieces, Lisa Buse and Julie Summerford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Lionel Summerford.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. There will be a private service for the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude and LeBonheur Hospitals.