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JERRELL VARN CLANTON

Jerrell Varn Clanton, 90, passed away at home under the care of Hospice Savannah on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Audrey and Troy Clanton, Sr., his brother, Troy Clanton, Jr., and a grandson Jack Terrell Courie III.

Jerrell was a devoted and loving husband to Betty for nearly 70 years. Their love fostered a beautiful family who Jerrell adored, including 3 daughters, a son, 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Born and raised in Savannah, Jerrell was a graduate of Savannah High School and Armstrong College and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

He retired from Builder’s Transport as terminal manager and worked after retirement at First Chatham Bank.

A man of strong faith, Jerrell was a loyal member of First Christian Church for 73 years, where he served as chairman of  the trustees, the deacons and the elders and  as chairman of various other committees. In his later years, he enjoyed attending First Baptist Church of the Islands.

Jerrell is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Creech Clanton; a brother, Don M. Clanton (Nancy); daughters, Diane Mitchell (Randy), Debra Glaize (Jim), Donna Keeran (George); son, Jerrell Mark Clanton (Angie); grandchildren, Jason Courie, Stephanie King (Kent), Holley Kent (John), Jamie Keeran (Michaela), Ashley Barras (Chris), Matthew Coleman, Justin Barras, and Hunter Barras; great-grandchildren, Carolyn, Brittany, Brooke, Isabella, Brendan, Miles, Taylor, Abbey, Landon and Tyler, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who were all very special to him.

Jerrell could light up a room with his laughter and possessed a smile that was infectious. A compassionate and generous man, he went out of his way to show kindness to others. Jerrell will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

The family wants to thank the staff from Hospice Savannah, Liz, Pat, and Renee for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to Hospice Savannah or First Baptist Church of the Islands.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 to 12:30 Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will follow at 12:30 Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Online Condolences

  1. Jennifer says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Donna Keeran says:

    He was a wonderful family man. He will always be remembered as one who honored God.

  3. Mary Santillanez says:

    Betty and family.I am so sorry to hear about Jerrell’s passing. He was such a nice person to talk to.I have known Betty and Jerrell since 1975. Jerrell was such a kind man.

  4. Betty and Mike Hulse says:

    Jerrell will be missed and prayers for Betty and the family. They were so kind you our family when we first moved here in 1980 and started going to First Christian Church. He was a good man, husband and granddad. Everyone was blessed to have known him. Love, Hulse Family

  5. Anne and Barry Cobb says:

    Deepest Condolences: Debbie, and family thinking of you at this time of great loss. May God Bless each of you as you travel this road of sorrow.

  6. Roxie Barras Bryant says:

    Debbie, I’m so sorry to learn of your father’s death. I didn’t know him but it sounds like he was a wonderful man. Praying for God to comfort you and your family. Love you.
    Roxie

  7. Skeet Godbee says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing. May God b with the family.

  8. Bob Lytle says:

    Betty, I’m so sorry for your loss. He is a good man. I’m out of pocket dealing with health issues. I’ll be in touch

  9. Mary Chandler says:

    Sorry for your loss of JERRELL CLANTON. Betty you and Jerrell set a good example for us to live by. I know all of his family and friends will miss him. May God’s present be with his family. Amen!

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