Dolores Elba (Vest) Clemmons – Obituary

Originally Posted on June 17, 2012

Dolores was my uncle Tom Clemmons’ wife. She was a very sweet woman and she will be greatly missed.

78-year-old Fairfield resident, Dolores Elba (Vest) Clemmons died at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Way-Fair in Fairfield. She had worked for GTE as a telephone operator.

Survivors include a daughter, Gina Thomason of Keenes; a grandson, Tyler Nolan Lowell Thomason of Keenes; her mother, M. Margaret Vest of Fairfield; a step-daughter, Debbie Reese of Mims, OH; two step-sons, Randy Clemmons of San Diego,CA and Robert Clemmons of Fairfield; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and a brother, Gordon Vest of Henderson, KY.

Services for Dolores Elba Clemmons will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Thursday evening, May 10 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

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Nancy Lucinda Clemmons

Originally Posted on June 17, 2012

Lula Clemmons was my Great-Great Grandmother.  She and her husband (William Keaton Clemmons) only had one child that survived, Earl Green Clemmons.

I was recently in Fairfield, Illinois and I had just a short time at the library.  I didn’t realize that it closed so early on a Saturday.  I had time to do one thing and I was able to find Nancy’s obituary in the Wayne County Press Microfilm.  Here is the text of the obituary:

Nancy Lucinda Clemmons Obituary
Mrs. Lula Clemmons, 74, mother of Earl G. Clemmons, of Barnhill, passed away Friday, November,23rd, at the home of her son.

Funeral services were conducted at the Dixon & Crippin Chapel Sunday afternoon by Rev. Dewey Merritt.  Burial was in the Barnhill cemetery.

Nancy Lucinda Clemmons, oldest daughter of Henry and Amanada McGuire, was born January 21, 1871 near Birdsmill, Tenn.

She was united in marriage to William K. Clemmons May 23, 1886.  To this union were born four children, three of hwom died in infancy.  One son, Earl G. Clemmons, of Barnhill, with whom she made her home, survives. Her husband died in 1924.

She was converted in early life and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Birdsmill, Tenn. After her marriage she united with the Missionary Baptist church of Birdsmill, Tenn., where her membership remained.

Besides her son, Earl, and family, she is survived by one brother, Dan McGuire, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a sister, Jessie Shelton, of Ravenden, Ark., and one step-brother, Henry Clifton, Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren.

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Mamie L. Alsup Baird – 96

Originally Posted on April 15, 2012

Mamie will be greatly missed. I have seen her at nearly all of the Clemmons Reunions that I have attended dating back to 1995.


Services for Mrs. Baird will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Wilson Co. Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.mamie_baird

Mrs. Baird, 96, died Monday, April 2, 2012 at Quality Health Care Center. She was a member of Baird’s Mill Church of Christ, a dietician with McFarland Hospital, Mt. Juliet Elementary School and a member of the Mt. Juliet Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Grover Cleveland and Mallie L. Clemmons Alsup; husband, Richard Baird; sons, Richard C. and David A. Baird; brothers, Peyton, Clyde, John, Grover, Wilson and Carl Alsup.

Survivors include: daughters, Joyce Midgett and Linda (John) Riggs; brother, Allie Alsup; daughter-in-law, Gaye Baird; grandchildren, William David Baird, Daniel Clemmons (April) Baird, Patricia (Don) Nicholson, Barbara (Donald) Barnes, Larry (Tonya) Jones, Wayne (Karen) Riggs, Rick (Jessica) Baird, Christy (Adam) Davis; great-grandchildren, Drew, Kyle and Daniel Baird, Brock and Austin Yeates, Matt and Emily Nicholson, Wyatt and Ava Jones, Savanah Anntell, Michael Riggs, Ethan Baird, Malachi Davis and Makenzy Davis.

Pallbearers will be Will, Daniel and Rick Baird, Larry Jones, Donald Barnes, Wayne Riggs, J.T. Alsup and Spook Spickard.

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Sybil Irene Ellis

Originally Published February 18, 2012

93-year-old Cisne resident, Sybil Ellis died at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora. She was a homemaker and farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Hilda Smith of Johnsonville; a son, Brent Ellis of Cisne; a daughter-in-law, Lillie Ellis of Portage, IN and a sister, June Powless of Cisne; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services for Sybil Ellis will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 at th Providence General Baptist Church in Johnsonville with burial in Cisne Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Wednesday evening, Jan. 15 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne and 9 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Providence General Baptist Church and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

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Robert Clark Spencer – 63

I was so very sad to hear about Bob’s passing.  I have meet bob numerous times at the Clemmons Family Reunion and he was a wonderful person.  I sat and talked with him at length this past July and he was looking forward to hosting the reunion in 2012.

Robert Clark Spencer, age 63, of Burns, TN, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Horizon Medical Center as the result of an accident which happened at his place of business.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Dickson with Dr. James Chatham officiating.  Visitation will be 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday evening and 9:00 to 11:00 A. M. Wednesday at the Church.  Mid-South Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on July 30, 1948 in Darby, PA, son of the late  Clark and Leona McCarty Spencer.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he was an Aircraft Electrician.  He also was owner of Imperial Auto Sales and Salvage and a member of First Baptist Church of Dickson.

He is survived by his wife, Mari Louise Clemmons Spencer; son, Shawn (Tammy) Spencer; daughters, Dani Keisha (Charleston) Howard of Pearland, TX, Jamie Rose of St. Cloud, FL; brothers, John Keller, Joe Liikala of FL; sisters, Linda of FL, Valerie of GA; grandchildren, David Musselwhite, Justin Howard, Brenna Howard, Angela Howard, Candace Howard, Camille Howard, Brandon Howard, Alexis Spencer, Aaron Spencer; great-grandchildren, Gavin Musselwhite, Elijah Musselwhite, Sophie Musselwhite, Mason Howard and Bryce Howard.

Pallbearers will be Damon Hassel, Jason Ingram, Jon-Roy Sloan, Tim Litton, Charleston Howard, David Musselwhite.  Alternate Pallbearers will be Dave Smith and Larry Batson.  Honorary Pallbearers will be members of First Baptist Security Team, Southern Street Cruisers Car Club and the Odds and Ends Sunday School Class. Online condolences may be made at

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Eileen F. Clemmons, 85

Eileen ClemmonsEileen F. Clemmons nee Franz, age 85, of Highland, IL., died Saturday, January 23, 2010, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland, IL.

She was born October 1, 1924, in Grantfork, IL., the daughter of William F. and Mary (Casper) Franz.

On May 12, 1962, she married James A. Clemmons , who survives.

Eileen was born in Grantfork, where she grew up on the family farm. She graduated Highland High School in 1942, then attended beauty school in St. Louis. She moved to Florida and operated her own beauty shop. She later attended Airline Training School in Kansas City, and retired as a Senior Ticketing Agent for National Airlines in the mid 1970’s. They moved to Highland September 11, 2001. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed painting in oils.
She was a former member Our Saviour Lutheran Church-Pompano Beach, FL.

Survivors include Husband-James A. Clemmons of Highland, Ill., Sister-in-law-June Franz-Bohnenstiehl of Highland, Ill., Nephew-Thomas S. (Catherine) Clemmons of Dallas, Texas, Nephew-Darrell F. Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Nephew-Kem E. (Kathy) Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Niece-Marilyn L. (Larry) Rickher of Highland, Ill., Nephew-Larry W. (Kathleen) Niggli of Highland, Ill., Niece-Ellen (Ron) Denton of Bowling Green, Ky., Niece-Kay (Harold) Schuermann of St. Louis, Mo.

She was preceded in death by Father-William F. Franz died 1947, Mother-Mary Franz nee Casper died 1975, Sister-Elvira M. Niggli died 07/23/2009, Sister-Loretta E. Gansmann died 07/22/2004, Sister-Dorris E. Conrad 05/25/2003, Nephew-Jay D. Conrad died 6/27/1999, Brother-Everett F. Franz

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, and from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL., with Rev. Philip H. Kershner, Pastor United Church of Christ of Marine, Illlinois officiating.

Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

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James A. Clemmons Jr., 85

James Andrew Clemmons Jr.James A. Clemmons Jr., 85, of Highland, Ill., born Nov. 16, 1925, in Tupelo, Miss., died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Faith Care Center in Highland, Ill.

Mr. Clemmons was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, Fla., American Legion Post 439-Highland, Ill., and Ole Miss Alumni Association.

James was born in Tupelo, Miss., and grew up here. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from University of Mississippi, and moved to Florida and worked for the Social Security Administration. He and his wife lived in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Fla. In his retirement he worked in sales for Sears. He moved to Highland Sept. 11, 2001. He and his wife traveled the world. He enjoyed taking pictures, model trains, and entertaining friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen F., nee Franz, Clemmons, whom he married on May 12, 1962, and who passed away Jan. 23, 2010; his parents, James A. and Corinne, nee Boswell, Clemmons Sr.; a brother, Thomas S. Clemmons Sr.; and a nephew, Jay D. Conrad.

Surviving are his sisters-in-law, June Franz-Bohnenstiehl of Highland, Ill., and Pat Clemmons of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Thomas S. (Catherine) Clemmons Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Darrell F. Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., Kem E. (Kathy) Conrad of Alhambra, Ill., and Larry (Kathleen) Niggli of Highland, Ill.; nieces, Marilyn L. (Larry) Rickher of Highland, Ill., Ellen (Ron) Denton of Bowling Green, Ky., and Kay (Harold) Schuermann of St. Louis, Mo.; and many great-nephews and great-nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Countryside Homes.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill., with Rev. Philip H. Kershner, Pastor of Marine United Church of Christ in Marine, Ill., officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill.

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