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Obituary for C.B. Slemp

C.B.  Slemp
Clinton Bascomb (C.B.) Slemp passed away on 17 February, 2020, from natural causes. He was born on August 8th, 1928 at the family home in the mountains near Coeburn, Virginia.
The oldest son, his father Martin Luther Slemp was a coal miner and logger, and his mother Leafie was the mother of seven children.
He enlisted in the Army in 1948, initially serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1951 he married his loving wife of over 68 years, Laura Jean Rouse. They had four sons: John, James, Daniel, and Timothy.
In addition to serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, he also served in the 187th Regimental Combat Team (Airborne) and the 77th, 7th, 5th and 1st Special Forces Groups (Airborne), including a deployment to Laos in the early 1960's and subsequent deployments to Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1969 as a Command Sergeant Major.
After military service, he worked for the US Bureau of Mines as a safety inspector throughout Virginia and West Virginia. In 1975 the family moved to Chattanooga, TN. where he engaged in various entrepreneurial activities, eventually owning his own small business.
In 2004 C.B. and Jean relocated to Franklin, TN. to be closer to family members. C.B. was a baptized believer in Jesus Christ, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and lifelong Republican. He enjoyed his family, bluegrass music, working outside, fishing, and antique automobiles.
He was preceded in death by his parents Martin Luther and Leafie Ann Slemp, sisters Nova Lawson and Nell Yates, brothers Morrell Slemp and Joseph Slemp, son James Slemp, and grandson Patton Slemp.
He is survived by his wife Laura Jean, his brothers Ray and Jimmy Slemp, son John and daughter-in-law Marietta, sons Daniel and Timothy, seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Monday, 24 February, at Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin, TN. Burial will be at 2 PM on Tuesday, 25 February, at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Ln., Nashville, TN. 37221.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations to the Green Beret Foundation ( in honor of CSM (R) C.B. Slemp.