William Robert Clinton
William Robert Clinton
  • March 18, 1917 - December 30, 2017
  • Madison, Mississippi

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William Robert Clinton III, age 100, of Jackson, Mississippi, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on December 30, 2017, surrounded by his family, at St. Catherine’s Village. Born on March 18, 1917, in Mobile, Alabama, he was the son of the late Jennie Moir Cassie Clinton and the late William Robert Clinton, Jr. Mr. Clinton attended Murphy High School before graduating from Auburn University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

During his World War II service in the United States Army, Mr. Clinton was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was then assigned to the occupation force in Japan for a year, before being honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Upon his return to the States, he married the late Sara Lee Williams, to whom he was married for 39 years.

Mr. Clinton was employed by Alabama Power and Light, before moving to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1949, where he began his 37 year career with Jackson Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He served as the chief executive officer for over 30 years. Under his leadership, the company expanded its territory and was recognized as a leading bottler in the southeast. An active member of the Jackson community, Mr. Clinton was involved with the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi, Mississippi Kidney Foundation, United Way of the Capital Area and the Rotary Club of Jackson.

A man of strong faith, Mr. Clinton lived his faith in a quiet manner, exemplifying it through his actions. Those who knew and loved Mr. Clinton understood that his Christian faith was built upon the truth of John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ He told his family that John 3:16 was the verse that was the foundation of his assurance for salvation. Mr. Clinton was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, where he was a devoted member of the Brotherhood Sunday School Class.

Mr. Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Clinton, Jr., his wife, Mrs. Sara Lee Williams Clinton and his sister, Mrs. Jennie Clinton Wentworth (the late Bill).

Mr. Clinton is survived by what he affectionately called The Clinton Clan: his two daughters, Lee Clinton Ducker (the late Richard) of Meadville, MS and Judy Clinton Rosenblatt (Cy) of Jackson, MS; his four grandchildren, Sara Hart Rosenblatt Fellows (Gordon) of Madison, MS, Bobbie Ducker Kelly (Josh) of Meadville, MS, Robert Clinton Rosenblatt (Katherine) of Charlottesville, VA, and William Harold Rosenblatt II (Claire) of Oxford, MS; his four great-grandchildren, Margaret Lee Kelly and Natalie Evans Kelly of Meadville, MS, Robert Clinton Rosenblatt II of Charlottesville, VA and William Harold Rosenblatt III of Oxford, MS; his niece, Pamela Wentworth Thompson (Ray) of Mobile, AL; his great nephew and niece, Morgan Wentworth Thompson (Reeves) and Katherine Thompson Montalvo (José) all of Birmingham, AL; and his great-great niece and nephews, Andrew Morgan Thompson, Ellen Wentworth Thompson, Samuel Reed Thompson, William Elias Thompson Montalvo and Matthew Ray Montalvo, all of Birmingham, AL.

A celebration of life was held graveside with his Clinton Clan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Jackson or the charity of your choice.