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Clarence Franklin Trippe Jr.

NATCHEZ — Funeral services for Mr. Clarence Franklin “Buck” Trippe Jr., 84, who died peacefully at his residence Tuesday, April 8, 2014, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Basilica with the Rev. David O’Conner officiating.

Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Laird Funeral Home.

Mr. Trippe was born Jan. 5, 1930 in Memphis, the son of C.F. “Wally” and Louise Trippe.

Mr. Trippe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a business owner of Trippe’s Western Auto for more than 66 years.

A devout Roman Catholic, he was an active volunteer with Cathedral School, serving on the finance committee for many years. As a faithful and loyal parish member, he was committed to St. Mary Basilica. He served on the pastoral council and the finance council. He was involved in capital campaigns and planning the Family Life Center. He was also an active member of the Catholic Foundation. In 2013, he was recognized by the diocese as the recipient of the Bishop Chanche Medal for outstanding commitment to the parish.

Buck was a true gentleman, a devoted husband, loving father, strong big brother and loyal friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Howell Trippe.

Survivors include his sons, Stephen Trippe and Christopher Trippe, both of Natchez; a daughter, Dianne Plowright and husband Marcus of London, Ontario; granddaughters Lauren Nobile and husband Bryan of Wesson, Amanda Trippe, Taylor Trippe and their mother, Melanie Trippe, all of Natchez; grandsons Baden Plowright and Jay Plowright of London, Ontario; great-granddaughter Lucy Nobile of Wesson; a brother, Fritz Trippe and wife Leigh of Virginia, and a sister, Jean Good of Virginia.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Basilica or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to lairdfh.com.