1934 – 2015
LEWISTON — Clarence R. “Reggie” Rawls of 9 Stevens St. died Sunday, Aug. 2, at age 81, at his home with his family by his side, one day shy of his 58th wedding anniversary.
Born in Aulander, N.C., May 9, 1934, a son of the late Clarence and Ida Rawls, he was a graduate of Aulander High School in the Class of 1952.
Clarence was a member of the Lewiston Christian Fellowship Church and served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1975. He flew P-2 Neptune planes while stationed at Brunswick Naval Air Station and served honorably in the U.S. Navy, with deployments into Europe, tracking Soviet submarines during the Cold War.
Upon retirement, he worked for General Electric in Rhode Island as a quality assurance inspector during construction of the Navy’s Trident-class submarines.
Reggie was a devoted husband and a wonderful father. He loved to golf and could be seen practicing in the backyard from time to time. When with family, he enjoyed miniature golf, cards and board games, as well as barbecuing on a clear summer day. Recently, he went to campgrounds to enjoy time with family and when at home, he enjoyed sitting on his back deck, watching the birds and squirrels. He loved his family’s pets, especially Dakota.
He left an indelible mark on each of us. His life taught us how to be responsible adults, work hard and love one another. It is a true honor to call him “Dad!”
He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia C. Marois of Lewiston, whom he married Aug. 3, 1957; two sons, Thomas R. Rawls and his wife, Mary, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Robert A. Rawls and his wife, Virginia (Jen), of Lewiston; grandchildren, Anthony and Susan Fowler, Kera McKellick, Adam, Aaron, Nicole, Zachary, Hannah and Jason Rawls; great-grandchildren, Danika Rawls and Aoibheann “Even” McKellick; and his sisters, Janet Rowe and Margaret Clark.
He was also predeceased by his grandson, Matthew Rawls; and sister, Carlene Maxim.
The family wishes to thank the nursing and doctor staff of Central Maine Medical Center and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.
Online condolences and photo gallery atwww.thefortingroupauburn.com.