Rosary service for Clyde Donald Southern, Jr. will be held 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Hart Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at St. Brigid Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Polasek officiating.
Interment will follow at the Fort Gibson Cemetery at noon under the care of Hart Funeral Home.
Clyde was born April 1, 1939, in Tahlequah to Clyde Donald Southern Sr. (deceased) and Margueritte Jayne Jones Griffin.
He died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, while serving at church.
Clyde married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Roberson (deceased Jan. 28), on April 1, 1959.
He is survived by his mother; his sister, Linda Jones Fuller; his children, Clyde Donald Southern III, Clarissa Jayne and Todd Andrew Hutcheson, and Terrie Lynette and John Hall; his grandchildren, Clair Elizabeth Hall and Seth Price, Jessica Leigh and Mark Munninger, Race Hall and Jennifer Feather, Marguerite Louise Hutcheson and Julian Calderon; his great-grandchildren, William Rhett and Otto James Munninger; and many extended family members and friends.
Clyde, not wanting to be drafted into the Army, joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from Tahlequah High School, where he proudly served for four decades (30 years of service aboard six ships, June 10, 1958 to July 1, 1988).
His first ship was the U.S.S. Tanner and his last duty post was as the Command Master Chief at Naval Station, Newport, R.I. (R.M.C.M.).
While serving in the Navy, Clyde earned the following awards, honors and medals: Vietnam Service Medal, second award; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation; Battle “E” Award; Armed Forces Expeditionary; Vietnam Campaign Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Seventh Good Conduct Award for period ending July 14, 1985; Meritorious Service Medal.
Upon retiring, Clyde returned home to Tahlequah and completed a Bachelor’s degree in marketing management at Northeastern State University, where he worked as a financial aid adviser, retiring after 10 years.
Clyde served his church, played racquetball, attended many a reunion and enjoyed his family and friends.
One of Clyde’s favorite quotes reads was, “The value of life does not depend on the place we occupy, it depends on the way we occupy that place.”
Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.