Lou Bell “Tootsie” Whitfield, 89

The Messenger, April 25, 2011
Lou Belle “Tootsie” Whitfield, 89, of Tiptonville, died April 22, 2011, at The Heritage at Brentwood Health Center in Brentwood.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tiptonville Church of Christ with Don Reel officiating. Burial will follow there in Lake Memorial Gardens. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-8 p.m. today at her residence in Tiptonville.
Pallbearers will be Andy Cantillo, Craig Cochran, Kent Cochran, Franklin Cochran, Steve Tipton and Sammy Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Corkran, Mickey Moore, John Kreis, Nathan Strain, Albert Markham and Charles Royer.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Uptown Appliance and Furniture Store in Tiptonville, a member of Tiptonville Church of Christ and also a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Tiptonville’s Main Street Association.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Franklin Cochran of Nashville; two grandchildren and their spouses, Kent and Amanda Cochran of Hendersonville and Craig and Keri Cochran of Franklin; and four great-grandchildren, Griffin Cochran, Zoe Belle Cochran, Carson Cochran and Sara Cochran.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel James Whitfield; and her parents, James and Mary (Clark) Clemmons.
Condolences may be left at www.dyersburgfuneralhome.net.

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Gene Clemmons McAdoo, 87

The Messenger, January 11, 2010

Gene Clemmons McAdoo, 87, of Union City died at Golden Living Center in Union City Jan. 10, 2010.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. Roger Reid officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Mark McAdoo, Tim McAdoo, John McAdoo, Jeff Tillotson, Shane Brockwell and James Matheny.

The family requests that memorials be made to Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He was born July 19, 1922, in Obion County, son of the late Lewis and Lillian (Clemmons) McAdoo. He and his brothers, James McAdoo and Robert McAdoo, were founders of the former McAdoo Builders Supply in Union City. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who served in the European, African and Middle East theaters during the war.

He was a former member of Union City Rotary Club and was a member of Jones-Walker Post 4862 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Union City.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Gerri McAdoo of Shreveport, La.; two daughters, Cindy Hassel of Union City and Gena Adams of Owasso, Okla.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert McAdoo of Tulsa, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, James McAdoo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.

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Martha Clemmons, 74

Mrs. Martha Irene Clemmons, age 74, of Hornbeak died Sat., May 28, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born October 10, 1936 in Trimble, TN the daughter of the late Algie and Lou Idell Dew Voss. She was a retired seamstress for the former Salant & Salant in Obion and a Presbyterian. She is survived by a daughter Jackie Campbell of Troy, a son Teddy Clemmons of Hornbeak, three grandchildren Leanda Roberson of Hornbeak, Robert E. Clemmons of Obion, Amber Clemmons of Hornbeak, three great grandchildren Katie Roberson of Hornbeak, Kaydence Clemmons of Obion, Elise Clemmons of Obion, four sisters, Katie Buckelew of Fulton, KY, Gale Godsey of Dresden, Shirley Hubble of Greenfield and Janie Duncan of Hopkinsville, KY. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Clifton Clemmons on June 28, 2001 and a sister Jo Smith. Rev. Frank Dalton will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Kendall, Don Burpo, Bart Lemmons, Travis Burpo, Will Boyld, Thomas Burpo and Chris Burpo. Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Hogg, Sonny Godsey, Butch Hubble, J. R. Smith and Preston Knight.

6:00PM to 8:00PM on Monday, May 30th, 2011 at Cryer Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

11:00AM at Cryer Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 (map/driving directions)

Hornbeak City

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Emma Wilson Knight VanHook, 85

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LEBANON — Funeral services for Mrs. VanHook, 85, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Mrs. VanHook, of Lebanon and a native of Wilson County, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Quality Care Nursing Home.
The daughter of the late Glyde and Mary Thelma Clemmons Knight, she was a homemaker and a member of the Rocky Valley Baptist Church. Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Baker, Rev. Jason Lohorn and Rev. Mark Rager. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children  MaDonna VanHook (Gary) Ford of Pisgah, AL; Eugenia VanHook Raines; Ronnie (Teresa) VanHook; Lisa VanHook (Gary) Daniels and James Robert (Glenda) VanHook — all of Lebanon; 12 grandchidren; 26 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 62 years Robert E. VanHook on January 1, 2005; and a son Jack Wilson VanHook.
Honorary pallbearers: special caregiver Tina Hutson; and the staffs of Quality Care, Regional Transportation and DCI.
Active pallbearers grandsons.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Wilson Post

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Mary Louise Gannon Sanders, 87

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

LEBANON — Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sanders, 87, of Lebanon. A member of Gladeville Baptist Church and a homemaker, Mrs. Sanders passed away Tuesday July 19, 2011 at the University Medical Center.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Dr. Bruce Grubbs. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Billy Clayton (Huetta) Sanders, David Michael “Mike” Sanders and Boots (Rebecca) Sanders; daughter Barbara Louis(Robert) Dennis.

Also surviving is sister Mattie B. “Pinky” Bair; grandchildren Ginny Turner, Clay (Amy) Sanders, Patricia St. John, Teresa (Charles) Banks, Susan (Ken) Moulton, Michael (Shawna) Sanders, Mary Jane (Tim) Goblish, Mary Faith Sanders, Grace Sanders, Matthew Duke and Joshua Friar; great grandchildren Rebecca Turner, Erica (Norman) Maxwell, Victoria (Stephen) Leonard, Cheyenne Glidewell, Olivia Glidewell, Barbara Jean Banks, Elizabeth Banks, Nicholas Moulton, Chelsea Sanders, Clayton Sanders, Gannon Sanders, Garrett Goblish, Gretchen Goblish, Mary Elizabeth Goblish, Megan Allison, Jeremy Bowen and Josh Bowen; great-great grandchildren Nathan Maxwell, Emma Leonard and Emma Louise Allison; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dillard J. Gannon Sr. and Mamie Clemmons Gannon; husband Willie Clayton Sanders; brother D.J Gannon and son Doyle Sanders.

Active pallbearers: sons, grandsons, great grandsons and a great great grandson Damien Boyd, Charles Ricketts, Charlie Palmer, Butch Earheart and Chris McDonald.

Honorary: Bragg Group of Gladeville Baptist Church, The Bell Circle of Gladeville Baptist Church, “Going Like 60” of Gladeville Baptist Church; The Group; The Birthday Club; generations of children rocked over the years; Bridgett Scott; Lucy and Dave Stephens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Sanders’ memory to the Gladeville Baptist Church Nursery. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

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Article: Reserve officers serve and protect in Hobart without compensation

Here is a great article about my little brother Joe Clemmons and his role as the reserves coordinator.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HOBART | Hobart High School instructor/athletic trainer Mark Leto also works as a reserve officer for the city’s police department.

Leto, 45, who signed up for reserve duty nearly 10 years ago about the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wouldn’t have it any other way, even though he’s not getting paid.

“It was something I could do for the community; it was something I could do to give back to the community,” Leto said.

Leto is one of 15 Hobart reserve officers, said officer Joseph Clemmons, who serves as school resource officer and reserve coordinator.

The department recently swore in seven reserve officers, the most since the program was started in March 2001, Clemmons said.

Reserve police officers have the same authority and share many of the same responsibilities as full-time police officers. They are not paid but receive police training and experience, Clemmons said.

The reserve program was started by former police Chief Brian Snedecor, now the city’s mayor.

The program continues to be tweaked to make improvements, Clemmons said.

“My goal is to make the reserve division into a model that other departments will say, ‘How is Hobart doing it?’” Clemmons said.

Some reserves such as Leto don’t have intentions of becoming paid police officers.

Many have that goal in mind.

“Five out of the seven just sworn in want to be police officers,” Clemmons said.

Those reserves who want to become officers receive the same training and classes.

“Becoming a reserve gets their foot into the door. They can put it on their resume, then get a job. Those who are reserves have more knowledge about being a police officer than someone who is green,” Clemmons said.

For Leto, the reserve training is invaluable. He enjoys helping other officers with duties such as handling crowds at parades or prisoner transport.

“I’m out of the norm. For those guys who want to become police officers, every day they come out is like an interview. For me, it’s the understanding that I’ll augment what the officers need,” Leto said.

Original article can be found at the nwitimes.com web site.

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Harry Clay, 73

Harry Clay was the husband of Betty Massey. Betty was the daughter of Cole Massey and Emma Hayes Clemmons. Betty is also the first cousin of Jo (Clemmons) Smith of Lebanon, TN.
Harry Clay, 73

Burial services for Mr. Clay will be private for the family.

Mr. Clay died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at his residence. He was born in London, England and worked as a mechanical engineer after his training at General Motors Vauxhall in England. He came to Lebanon to work at Ross Gear TRW in 1964. He later moved to Michigan and joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. The latter years were spent consulting on various engineering jobs, mostly those associated with automobile projects.

Survivors include: wife of 46 years, Betty Massey Clay; children, David (Susie) and Mark Clay, both of Lebanon, and Julia Ann (John) Van Gemert of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Jessica Clay, Emma Cole, Greta, and Clay Van Gemert; step-grandson, Chris (Crissy) Bowhannan; and sister, Barbara Clay Pearce in England.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Mr. Clay’s memory is requested to direct it to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucile Clemmons Reich, 96

Lucile was the daughter of Joseph Anderson Clemmons and Lou Effie Tennessee Eskew.  She was also the first cousin to my Great Grandfather – Earl Green Clemmons.  I got to meet two of her children (Kenny and Bobby) at the 2011 Clemmons Reunion back in July.


Funeral services fro Mrs. Reich will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with the Rev. DonMcElroy officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. (today) Wednesday, Oct. 19, and after 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday.

Mrs. Reich, 96, of Lebanon passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at the Pavilion. She was born in December 1914, in Wilson County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Joe A. Clemmons and Lou Effie Eskew Clemmons. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1934. She was a member of First Baptist Church and LLL. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Joe Hale Reich; two brothers: Ernest and Hubert Clemmons Sr.; two sisters: Anna Belle Clemmons and Katherine Clark. Survivors include: two sons, B.J. (Geraldine) Reich of Flat Rock and Kenny (Donna) Reich of Lebanon; five grandchildren, Venessa (Mike) Denney, Denise (Joe) Hackett, Tiffany (Chip) Bevis, Kendra (Brian) Shaffer, Jeremy (Chastity) Reich; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Logan, Spencer and Joe Hackett, Grant, Caleb, and Mike Denney, Jeremy Reich, Chip Bevis and Brian Shaffer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon-Wilson County Library.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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David Allan Baird

I am very sad to have learned that David Baird had past away on Monday.  I first meet David at the Clemmons Family Reunion back in the 90′s and have always looked forward to seeing him every year.

From the Wilson Post

David Allan Baird, 72 
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Baird, 72, of Lebanon. Retired from IBM New York and the Tennessee Department of Education, he died Monday, June 20, 2011 in the University Medical Center.
Mr. Baird traveled to every continent (except Antarctica) and to all 50 U.S. States.

A member of The Gideons International, he helped distribute many Bibles, including the countries of Peru and Columbia.

He was a Southern Baptist Deacon from 1970 until recently in (New York and Tennessee) and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Mr. Baird was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Regents NY University.
He had sung twice at Carnegie Hall and many years with the Burt Coble singers. He played trombone in high school and was band president.

Mr. Baird and wife Gaye started a church in New York, and he traveled with friends on many occasions to play golf in Myrtle Beach, SC. His hobbies included family, reading, trivia, golf, singing, motorcycles, computer-related activities, crossword puzzles, duplicate bridge and traveling. David & his wife Gaye were scheduled for a cruise next week.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 12 Noon until 8 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation on Friday 10 a.m. until services at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn & Brother Donald Owens. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife of 47 years Gaye Clemmons Baird; mother Mamie Louise Alsup Baird; sons William David Baird, and Daniel Clemmons (April) Baird.

Also surviving: sisters Joyce Ann Baird Midgett and Linda Faye Baird (John) Riggs; grandsons David Andrew “Drew” Baird, Kyle Thomas Baird and Daniel Clemmons Baird Jr.; step grandsons Brock Martin Yeates and Austin Mcguire Yeates; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by father Richard Baird; brother Richard C. “Ricky” Baird.
Active pallbearers: Larry Jones, Wayne Riggs, Rick Baird, James Franklin VanHook, Patrick Clemmons, Drew Baird, Kyle Baird, Daniel Baird Jr. and Brock Yeates.

In memory of Mr. Baird, contributions may be made to The Gideons International or to the Relay For Life.

Arrangements by PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700 / www.partlowchapel.com.

Picture is from Will Baird

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1930 Census for Earl Clemmons and Family

On May 21st, 1930, Earl Clemmons and family were enumerated for the 1930 census.  They were living in Dodd Township in Jefferson County which is just south east of Mount Vernon.  They had recently moved up from Missouri.

The person who wrote down their information only put one M in Clemmons instead of two.  Listed in the house hold where:

Earl Clemons is listed as the head of house and is 35 years old.  He was born in Tennessee and was currently a farmer.  Earl is listed as a veteran of the World War.  Mary A, Earls wife, is 33 years old and was born in Illinois.  Both are able to read and write.  They have a total of 5 children listed:

  1. Harry C. – Age 11 – Born in Missouri and is attending school.
  2. Edna Earl – Age 10 – Born in Missouri and is attending school.
  3. Edith Merle – Age 6 – Born in Missouri.
  4. Howard E. – Age 3 years 5 Months old and born in Missouri.
  5. William T. – Age 1 month old and born in Illinois.

Listed last in the house is Lula, Earl’s mother.  She is 59 years old and was born in Arkansas.  No occupation is listed.

Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Dodds, Jefferson, Illinois; Roll: 521; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 598.0.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

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