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Clifford Jacobs

DeWitt, AR, 1923 - 2010

Clifford Jacobs, age 86, died July 19, 2010. He was born Dec. 6, 1923 in Bayou Meto, Ark. to Robert and Lucinda Ax Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Doris L. Jacobs; his parents, his brother, Raymond H. Jacobs, and a son, Clifford Bruce Jacobs. He is survived by his daughters, Janet J. Huebsch (Jim) of Little Rock, Carol Roberson (Jimmy) of DeWitt, son, Thomas R. Jacobs (Jan) of DeWitt, grandson, Jamieson R. Huebsch of Louisville, Ky., and granddaughters, Michelle L. Jacobs of DeWitt and Andrea M. Jacobs of Tyler, Texas.
At 17, he graduated from Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and joined the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate in Sept. 1941. He was a Plank Owner of the newly commissioned Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill. At 19 he made Chief and served on the Bunker Hill until the end of the war. While the ship was in Bremerton, Wash. for repairs, he met his future wife, Doris Louise Watson. After the war he was sent to the Bikini Atoll for the Atomic Bomb Tests.
Upon his discharge he and Doris were married on Nov. 14, 1946 and came home to Arkansas. They settled down on the family farm, where they built their home, raised four children, and Clifford could enjoy his passions: farming and duck hunting. They were Arkansas County's first Farm Family of the Year in 1957. He was a lifelong member of the Bayou Meto Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, American Legion, Hardly Able Duck Club and the One Horse Volunteer Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Bayou Meto United Methodist Church, c/o Sue Berry, 1492 Hwy. 276, DeWitt, Ark. 72042, the Clifford Bruce Jacobs Endowed Scholarshlip Fund, c/o Laura Gamble, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701 ro charity of your choice.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 20th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Essex Funeral Home in DeWitt. Services will be at Bayou Meto Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2010 with burial in Bayou Meto Cemetery.

Published July 21, 2010