Joseph "Joe" M. Clements Sr., 82, of rural Miami, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 29, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Slater, with Rev. Terry Sandwith and Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Slater. Pallbearers will be Josh Clements, Joel Clements, Jake Clements, Lucas Johnson, Dwayne Perkins, Louis Kaser and Shannon Cobern. Honorary pallbearers will be Lacey Kaser, Dee Anne Cobern, Caitlyn Clements, Ashley Cobern, Jonathan Clements, Tucker Perkins, Brett Cobern, Finley Kaser and McKinnah Clements. Memorials are suggested to Rehoboth Cemetery in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Aug. 22, 1926, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Marion and Catharine Winning Clements. On April 29, 1950, in Marshall, he married Dorothy Jenkins, who survives of the home. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and attended New Prospect Baptist Church, north of Slater. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a 54-year member of American Legion Post 78 in Slater. He was a member of the Missouri Trapshooters Hall of Fame and a member of the board of directors of Missouri Trapshooters Association for 25 years. He was a charter member of Miami Lions Club and president of Miami Levee District. He served as president of Saline County Democrat Club and was a member of the Democrat Central Committee. He had served for many years as president of the Rehoboth Cemetery board. He was a lifelong Saline County farmer and stockman.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Darrell Macumber of Marshall, Joe Clements Jr. of rural Miami and Alan Clements of rural Miami; one daughter, Dixie Perkins of Belton; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, W.E. Clements of rural Slater; and one sister, Esther Rhea Peel of rural Slater.
He was preceded in death by one brother, John S. "Jack" Clements, and one sister, Alice Maud Phillips.