Retired U.S. Army Col. Chaplain Charles T. Clanton, 83, husband of Betty Ann Green Clanton, died Monday, July 8, 2019, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia.
Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was a son of the late Thomas David Clanton and Almedia Woodward Clanton. Through marriage to his wife Betty Ann, he was also the son-in-law of the late LeRoy and Elizabeth Ann Green of Shiloh. The Rev. Clanton was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He was a chaplain in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He served two tours in Vietnam for which he was awarded, among others, the Silver Star, Bronze Star (5 awards), Purple Heart and the Air Medal (4 awards). He was commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School and retired as the Forces Command (FORSCOM) Chaplain, where he assigned all religious support for Operation Desert Storm. Following his retirement, he served seven years as the chaplain for The Citadel and then returned to Sumter, where he was interim pastor of Crosswell Baptist Church and First Baptist Church (twice) before serving as pastor to senior adults at First Baptist. The Rev. Clanton was a member of American Legion Post 15 and was post chaplain and past post commander.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; three children, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Charles Clanton of Atlanta, Dean Timothy Clanton (Traci) of Cumming, Georgia, and Elizabeth Ann Niedzwiecki (Abe) of Athens, Alabama; four grandchildren, Rachel Bloemer (Keith), Nick Niedzwiecki (Jordan), Sarah Niedzwiecki and Isaac Niedzwiecki; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Caroline; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors will be at Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Nick Niedzwiecki and Isaac Niedzwiecki; and Eddie Harrison, Wallie Jones, John James and Don Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Department of First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 107 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
More Articles to Read