Charlie Stephen ‘Clawhammer’ Stockton

Published 5:00 am Monday, May 15, 2006

Services for Charlie Stephen “Clawhammer” Stockton, of Summit,were Saturday, May 13, at First Baptist Church in Summit withburial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Summit. Jones Family FuneralServices of McComb was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stockton, 50, was born Feb. 2, 1956, in McComb, to Velma RaeStockton and William Morris Stockton.

He was a referee/umpire for many local games – statewide andmulti-state – including public and private schools. He wasumpire/referee for softball, basketball and time clock referee infootball. He worked at Lucedale Stockyard; Southwest MississippiLivestock in Hattiesburg, and Tylertown Stockyard. He also soldwatermelons in the summer.

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He was a member of these associations: MPSA-Private School,MHSAA-Public School, Southwest Umpire Association -Clock Operator,ASA Umpire.

He attended First Baptist Church in Summit and was a member ofthe men’s class. He also received an auto mechanics degree fromSouthwest Mississippi Community College. He attended JohnsonStation School. In the year 2003-04 he was the Mississippi HighSchool Activity Association Official of the Year. He also receivedthe John Madden Umpire Award and the St. Bernard Parish, La., #1Fan Award.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Morris Stockton;his maternal grandparents, Charlie and Clotee Freeman; and hispaternal grandparents, William and Henrietta Stockton.

He is survived by his mother, Velma Rae “Faye” Stockton, ofSummit; his three brothers and their wives, Dewayne and DianStockton, of Madisonville, La., Carey and Jessie Stockton, ofMandeville, La., and Butch and Dawn Stockton, of Slidell, La.; hissister, Lawanda Welch and husband Dickie Welch, of Ruth; his threenieces, Amber Stockton, of Madisonville, La.; Katlyn Stockton, ofMandeville, and Savannah Welch, of Ruth; his three nephews, GabrielStockton, of Madisonville, La., Zach Stockton, of Mandeville, andPakie Ankerson, of Mobile, Ala.

Pallbearers were Pete Young, Curtis Cullom, Moley Herring, KentO’Neil, Chelly Carpenter, Mike Pigott, Julius Williams and OliverYoung.

Honorary pallbearers were all fellow umpires, Dr. JefferyGlover, Paul Ott Carruth, Robert Stockton, First Baptist Men’sClass, Livestock Association of Lucedale, Tylertown andHattiesburg; South Mississippi Umpire Association, Neil Randall,Pete Rawls and Dwight Stockton.