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Sandusky, OH 44870
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Clarence Arthur Carman, Jr.

Clarence Arthur Carman, Jr., 96 of Sandusky, died Sunday morning, December 13, 2015, at home.

He was born on February 12, 1919, in Sandusky, to the late Clarence A. Carman, Sr. and Nannie M. (Smothers) Carman.

Clarence was the fourth of thirteen children. He was a graduate of Sandusky High School and Technical College in Cleveland, OH. At an early age, he studied the piano under Steuk who studied under students directly linked to Chopin. Being the virtuoso pianist that he was, Clarence was set to go on tour when he met Verenna Henderson in Lima, OH in 1960.

Clarence met Verenna through a blind date arranged by his sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Calvin Singleton, Sr., and in 1962, the two were married. Clarence and Verenna had three daughters as a result of their 53 year union, Daniana Rei, who preceded him in death, Kisha Faith and Heather Love.

Clarence worked in construction and later worked at Stein & Associates prior to his retirement in 1985. He was a member of Progress Masonic Lodge and lifelong member of Second Baptist Church where he was a faithful and beloved deacon for 50 years. As promised by his daughters, Clarence traveled the world, went on the 1986 White House Tour, and rang in the New Year on both coasts.

Clarence leaves behind to cherish his jovial spirit and wonderful memories his beloved wife, Verenna Carman, daughters, Kisha Faith Browning (Lloyd) of Stafford, TX and Heather Love Carman of Sandusky, OH, sisters, Martha Singleton (Calvin, Sr.) of Cleveland Heights, OH, and Edith Morrison of Covington, GA, sister-in-law, Carmen Carman of Columbus, OH, and brother-in-law, James Henderson of Troy, OH, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents and siblings, Helen Hendrix, Ripley Carman, Ruby Espinosa, William Carman, Charles "Red" Carman, Mary Baker, Theodore Carman, Luby Carman, and twins, Mittie and Millicent Carman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 2 P.M. in Second Baptist Church, 315 Decatur St., Sandusky. Rev. Reginald Taylor will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Clarence's name may be made to Second Baptist Church.

Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling the arrangements.

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