July 24, 1928 ~ March 8, 2010
Clarence Donald Smith was born to Berenice and Henry Baker Smith in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the second child of two. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan where he received his elementary and secondary school education. Clarence grew up in the Baptist Church, but later joined the Methodist Church. Both his grandfather and uncle were ministers.
Clarence is a veteran of the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan prior to being shipped to Korea at the beginning of the war. He served as an Artillery Forward Observer and Battery Executive Officer and was wounded in action.
Upon returning to the states and recuperating from war injuries, Lieutenant Smith was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one battle star, a Presidential Unit Citation (United States), Presidential Unit Citation (Republic of Korea), and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan and Germany).
After leaving the military, Clarence worked in the banking industry. He attended The City College of New York and New York University. He later moved to California where he continued a career in banking and was the first African American hired in management at Crocker Citizens National Bank. He started a second career in management at Pacific Bell, and retired in 1991. He then joined his wife, Barbara in publishing High Desert Gold Business and Professional Directory.
Clarence was preceded in death by his father, Henry Baker Smith, his mother, Berenice Smith Hardeman, his sister, Dora Lee Smith Jenkins, and brother-in-law, Joseph Jenkins, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith, and their three children, Estrellita Bullock (Gerald, Jr.), Dr. Pamela Smith and Clarence Smith, Jr.; his daughter, Dr. Donna Smith, son, Roger Smith and four grandchildren. In-Laws include Clyde Walters (Bertha), Evangeline Howell, and Leonard Walters, all of Birmingham, AL, Daniel Walters, Jr., Simi Valley, CA, Dwight Walters, Washington, D.C., Ethel Coles (Peter) Centreville, VA, and Gloria Hampton of Atlanta, GA. Nieces, Carol Jeanne Stevens (Robert), and Dr. JoAnne Cornwell of San Diego, CA, Celeste Geary of Michigan, and nephew, Joseph Jenkins, Jr., of Ohio. Clarence leaves a host of relatives and friends.
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