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Obituary for Clarence Branson

Clarence Edward Branson, age 95, of Holts Summit, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 30, 1927, in Linn, Mo., the son of William Alonzo and Bessie Alice (Lairmore) Branson. He was married on May 1, 1978, in Miami, Okla. to Shirley Jean Myers who survives in the home.

Clarence attended School in Linn, Mo. then in January of 1946, Clarence joined the United States Army and was stationed in Soeul, Korea post WWII. Clarence proudly served as a Rifleman with the K Company of the 31st infantry. After his military service, he went on to start Atlas Heating and Air which he owned and operated from 1956 until 1974. Clarence then accepted a position with the Missouri Department of Design and Construction where he worked until his retirement in 1993.

Clarence liked to keep busy and was a “world class piddler.” He was most comfortable outside whether it was spending time tinkering on cars, tending to his vegetable garden, or hunting racoons. He enjoyed Western books and movies and loved traveling in his motor home. Clarence was an ornery and witty man with a soft spot for his family, they were his greatest passion. They will cherish memories of time spent fishing in the pond and will remember him for his easy going demeanor, playful sense of humor, and the love he demonstrated to each of them.

Clarence is survived by: his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley; six children, Barb Jones (Jim) of Holts Summit, Mo., Mary Jo Hartley (John) of Lohman, Mo., Patty Pappas of Jefferson City, Mo., Jackie Kindell of Cairo, Mo., Brandy Platten (John) of Holts Summit, Mo., and Joann Jinson of Jefferson City, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and lots of extended family members and cherished friends.

Clarence is preceded in death by: his parents; two sons, Jerry Branson and Edward Branson; two sisters, Lorene Alberts and Tillie Rhoads; three brothers, Woody Branson, Everett Lee Branson, and Manly Branson; and one granddaughter Sherry Gail Summers.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Freeman Mortuary.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Joseph Britain officiating. Interment will follow at Bull Cemetery in Holts Summit, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Greater Missouri Tourette Syndrome Association.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.