The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 19, 2013

William E. Clemmons

BAY PINES, Fla. —  

William Eugene Clemmons, was born April 28, 1938, in Stockton, Mo., to William Earnest Clemmons and Mildred Inez Keith Clemmons. As a child he lived in Utah and California, prior to returning to settle in Joplin.

Bill served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Friedberg, Germany. He married Miriam Esther Sperry on Feb. 9, 1957.

A long-haul freight truck driver, he received a Million Mile Award. He was valued in the community as the Scout Leader of Troop 156, a PTA president and member of the Baptist Church. A loving father and grandpa, he spent years with his family as an avid sportsman, camper and traveler. He quietly and continuously taught by example and colorful storytelling.

Bill passed away on June 2, 2013, at the Bay Pines Veteran's Hospital, near his home in Florida. He spent his final days surrounded by loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; as well as daughters, Karen Birch and Brenda Caylor; his grandchildren, Robb Birch and Jes Caylor; a great-grandson, Xzaiver Birch; his brothers, Robert Clemmons and Richard Clemmons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his son, William "Wyl" Clemmons III; and a sister, Shirley Perriman.

It is the hope of our family that all who knew Bill will join us in a celebration of his life Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Open Air Chapel in Mount Hope Cemetery, where he will be honored with Military Rites.

Text Only
  • Burgis Taber Burgis Taber

    Burgis Maynard Taber, 94, born March 14, 1920, entered Glory on July 27, 2014.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elizabeth A. Ford Elizabeth Ann Ford

    Elizabeth Ann Ford, age 59, of Joplin, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her home, following an illness.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don Pargen

    Donald Ray Pargen, 76, of Joplin, Mo., died at the Spring River Christian Village, Saturday morning, July 26, 2014.

    July 29, 2014

  • Joe A. Turney Joe A. Turney

    Joe A Turney passed away July 27, 2014, following a short illness.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Darrell "Doc" Carnagey Darrell L. "Doc" Carnagey

    Doc  Carnagey, age 47, of Carl Junction, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Funeral Home Charles Fredrick Brand Jr.

    Charles Fredrick Brand Jr., age 82, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2014 at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo., following an illness.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mason-Woodard Mortuary Nancy Mae McCrillis

    Nancy Mae McCrillis, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away July 24, 2014, following a short illness.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • John W. Clenney John W. Clenney

    John W. Clenney, 58, Goodman, Mo., passed away July 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a year long battle with cancer.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker Mortuary Brian R. Giebler

    Brian Richard Giebler was born July 21, 1950, in St. Louis, Mo., to Gordon and Alice Giebler.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Richard D. Ebert Richard Dean Ebert

    Richard Dean Ebert, age 81, Joplin, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos