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Clarence Rudolph Morton
January 5, 1930 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Clarence Rudolph Morton was born on January 5, 1930, the seventh child of Mabel A. Wilson Morton and William H. Morton in Drakes Branch, Virginia. He joined St. Michael Baptist Church at an early age under the pastorate of Reverend McCargo.
Rudy, as he was called by his family and friends, received his elementary education in Drakes Branch, Virginia. He went on to graduate in 1949 from Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut.
As a young child, Rudy worked with his father in the family barber shop in Drakes Branch. After high school, Rudy was employed by Bridgeport Connecticut Electrical Company in an apprenticeship program. In addition, he worked as a landscaping assistant before joining the United States Air Force in July 1951. He was stationed at several U.S. bases and in Japan. His most significant duty assignment was with HQ 49th Fighter Bomber Wing, 5th Air Force Far East Air Force. He received the Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Honorably discharged in June 1955, Rudy returned to Washington, D.C. and then attended Morgan State University where he majored in sociology and graduated in 1962.
Rudy went on to work as a Corrections Officer with the D.C. Department of Correction stationed in Lorton, Virginia and retired in 1988.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Rudy was a Master Mason in good standing and a Member of Fellowship Lodge 26 F. & A. M. for the District of Columbia.
Rudy met his wife, Jean, in December 1972 at a friend’s home. They continued their lives together for the next 51 years. Rudy was a devoted family man who exuded a quiet but relentless stoicism, except when discussing his favorite team, The Redskins/Commanders. He was always by Jean’s side, silently observing and enjoying life with family and friends.
Rudy is predeceased by his parents and siblings, Mabel A. Wilson Morton, William H. Morton, Evelyn Ward, Laura Jackson, Willie M. Jones, James Morton, Henry Morton, and Charles Morton.
Rudy leaves to cherish his memory wife Jean, stepson Otis Williamson (Kate), stepdaughter Toy Edwards (Charles), and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.