Robert W. Clawson, 81, of Morganton, died at his home surrounded by his family on May 17, 2019.

He was the sixth of ten siblings born in Watauga County on June 11, 1937, to Willie and Beulah Clawson. Robert retired from Broughton Hospital following thirty years of NC State service. He was an active member of Southside Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, teacher, and choir member. Growing an annual garden to share with family, friends and widows was his outdoor passion. Robert will be remembered for his faith, devotion to family, work ethics and his incredible sense of humor. His last tractor ride was joyfully shared with three-year-old Charlie Holtzclaw, of Charlotte, NC.

Robert is survived by his loving family; Betty I., his wife and best friend of almost sixty-two years; daughter, Laura Clontz (Larry Pizzorni) of Morganton, NC; son, Scott Clawson (Heather) of Apex, NC; grandsons, Jacob Clawson (Jessica) of Albany, GA and Luther H. Clontz, Jr. of Morganton, NC; two sisters, Polly Combs (Paul) of Boone, NC and Nina Sue Gurley (Steve) of Lincolnton, NC; two brothers, Bill Clawson (Betty) of Boone, NC and Dennis Clawson of Dallas, NC; sisters-in-law, Irene Clawson of Boone, NC, Ramona Clawson of Winston Salem, NC, Martha Parks of Kernersville, NC, and Debbie Isaacs of Hickory, NC; brother-in-law, James Isaacs(Barbara) of North Wilkesboro, NC. Robert held dear to his heart the relationships he had with his many, many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his son, Steve Robert Clawson; son-in-law, Dr. Luther H. Clontz, Sr.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Archie Clawson (Irene), Dean Clawson, and Doyle Clawson (Janice); sisters and brothers-in-law, Dare Hardy (Ed) and Mary Yokeley (Bob); brothers-in-law, William Isaacs and Allen Isaacs; nephews, Norman Hardy and Matthew Vannoy; niece, Debra Clawson.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Sossoman Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 1 p.m. in the Colonial Chapel of the funeral home with the Revs. Lawrence Robertson, Randy Clark and Buster King officiating. Burial will follow the service at 4:00pm at Meat Camp Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Townsend officiating, 236 Meat Camp Baptist Church Road, Boone, NC.

Memorials to honor the life of Robert lived may be forwarded to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721, Enon Rd. Valdese, NC 28690 or to Meat Camp Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Meat Camp Baptist Church, Boone, NC 28607.

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