Charles Andrew Clemons, 88, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his home at the Deerfield Retirement Community in Asheville. He was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, on January 20, 1925, to Judge Charles H. and Mathilde (Schmidt) Clemons. He was the grandson of pioneer logger, Charles H. Clemons Sr., for whom the Clemons Tree Farm was dedicated in 1941. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara H. Clemons, and his brother, William George Clemons.
Charles graduated from Montesano High School in 1942 and attended Grays Harbor College. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Washington in 1952 and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University in 1953. While at Stanford, he met his future wife, Barbara Jean Hurlburt. They were married on June 28, 1953, in Palo Alto, California. He retired from PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1990.
Charles served his country during World War II with the U.S. Navy. After joining the Naval Reserve in 1943, he attended basic training at Valley City, N.D. He was accepted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at the University of Notre Dame. Following a three-month officers’ training course in 1944, he was commissioned as an Ensign, USNR. Officers who completed this V-7 program were known as “90-Day Wonders”. He served aboard a LST landing craft in the Southwest Pacific until the end of the war in 1945.
Charles is survived by his son, Charles H. Clemons and his wife, Sue of West Lafayette, Ind.; his daughter, Joan C. Price of Washington D.C.; four grandchildren, Daniel Clemons, Allison Clemons, Alex Price and Henry Price; one great-grandchild, Mirra Clemons; and his sister, Patricia Clemons of Montesano.
A memorial service was held on Friday, June 28, 2013, in the St. Giles Chapel in Deerfield.