Originally created 05/03/01

Mr. Henry Claussen



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at his residence. Mr. Henry Herman Claussen, 80, of Johns Road, Augusta, Ga., beloved husband of Mrs. Elisabeth Bryans Claussen. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2001, in Westover Memorial Park with the Rev. Dr. James A. Carpenter officiating. Additional survivors include three daughter, Louise Keith Claussen of Augusta, Ga., Elisabeth Winter Claussen of Lanse, Pa. and Anne Wilcox Claussen of Tallahassee, Fla., a daughter-in-law, Frances Robinson Claussen of Augusta, Ga., two sons, J. C. Henry Claussen III of Augusta, Ga. and Charles Iverson Claussen of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Anne Claussen Barton of Augusta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Rebecca Louise Claussen and Henry H. Claussen III both of Augusta, Ga. and Gayla Elisabeth Claussen of Tallahassee, Fla.; dear friends, Myra Machmer and Eunice Wilson; a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Claussen was pre-deceased by a sister, Louise Claussen Boatwright. A native Augustan, he had retired as chairman of the board of Claussen Paving Company, one of the larger asphalt and concrete construction companies in eastern Georgia. He had also been chairman of the board of Claussen-Lawrence Construction Company, chairman of the board of Magruder Farms Inc., and chairman of the board of Southern Aggregates Inc. He was owner and operator of Claussen Cattle Co. and raised Santa Gertrudis cattle and Arabian horses at Magruder Plantation in Burke County and at Crawford Plantation, Edisto Island, S. C. He was a past president of Georgia Highway Contractors Association, and a national director of American Roadbuilders Association, a member of Georgia Crushed Stone Association, Georgia Cattlemans Association, Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association and American Concrete Paving Association. He served 32 years as director of the Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust Co., and of the First Railroad & Banking Co. of Georgia. He was also a director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Committee of 10 and a director of Savannah Bank & Trust Co. He was a director of Claussen Bakeries. He was a member of the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, and a founding member and senior warden of St. Augustine Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta Country Club, Carolina Plantation Society, Beech Island Agricultural Club, the Pinnacle Club and was a vice president and life member of the Richmond County Historical Society, past president of the Augusta Assembly and member of the Augusta Genealogical Society, Historic Augusta, Carolina Yacht Club and American Contract Bridge League. He was a trustee and past president of the Tuttle Newton Home, president of Augusta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, member of the Society of Benefactors of the National Oceanographic Foundation, visory board of Central of Georgia railroad Co. division of Norfolk Southern, member of the Historic Ricefields Association, honorary deputy sheriff of Richmond county and served on the board of trustees of Aiken Preparatory School. He was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and attended Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a first lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as a B-26 instructor and test pilot. He was an avid golfer, sportsman, genealogist, bridge player and pilot. Active pallbearers will be Dr. William Own Bryans, Lake Jameson Carson, George F. Claussen III, Warren Twiggs, Norman I. Boatwright III, Raymond O. Barton III, Dr. Michael P. Macris and Henry Herman Claussen III. Honrary pallbearers will be Dr. Michael Haynes, George A. Sancken, Jr., Dr. Allen Macris, Albert Von Camp Gary, Levings Laney, Sam Strauss, Dr. Louis L. Battey, Thomas Maxwell Blanchard, Frank Capers, Edwin Johnson and Thomas Fulgham. If so desired, memorials can be made to the CSRA Humane Society, 1301 Greene St., Augusta, G.A. 30901 or to the Richmond County Historical Society, c/o Reese Library, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, G.A. 30904. Platts Funeral Home 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA. 733-3636

The Augusta Chronicle-May 3, 2001