sorry to inform the Class of '63 and the Lee community
that Betty Sue Clarkson died
November 6, 2019, following a long and courageous battle
with Parkinson’s disease.
Born in Lynchburg, May 2, 1945, she
was a daughter of the late Marguerite Gilliam and Frank
Walton Clarkson. Early in childhood, Betty displayed
personality traits that would dominate her entire life.
She was bold and determined, she loved adventure. She
was kind and extremely generous. Betty believed that she
could accomplish anything if she put her mind to it. She
did indeed realize many of her pursuits, early in life,
with determination and perseverance.
Betty was educated in Northern
Virginia Public Schools; she graduated from Lee High
School in Springfield in 1963. She immediately began a
30 year career as a legal secretary with the federal
government. She soon earned the respect of both
supervisors and colleagues. To keep up with ever
changing technology, Betty voluntarily took college
courses that were job related.
She is survived by her brother, Dennis
Gene Clarkson of Newport News; and a niece, Jennifer Ann
Clarkson of Buena Vista.
She was preceded in death by a
brother, Timothy Dean Clarkson.
A celebration of life was held Sunday,
November 10, 2019 at Spring Creek Baptist Church by Rev.
David Sexton and Rev. Paul McLinden officiating. Burial
followed in the church cemetery.
Dennis sincerely thanks everyone who dealt so tirelessly
with his sisters devastating disease. Betty’s extended
illness necessitated the professionalism and patience of