Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lewis "Doyle" Clemons, 88, of Wheaton, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, in Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon.

He was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Pineville, the son of Thomas William and Zola Ruth (Taylor) Clemons. He was united in marriage to Virginia Slinkard, and to this union two children were born. She preceded him in death. He later married Hazel Frazier, who also preceded him in death. He then married Nada Nichols, who survives.

Additional survivors include: one son, Thomas L. Clemons and his wife, Lynette, of Defiance; one daughter, Linda Gail Moore and her husband, Terry, of Cassville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Others preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

He received his education at Pineville, where he graduated from high school. He received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and his master's degree from the University of Arkansas in high school administration. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as Chief Petty Officer in Communications. In 1949, he started his employment at the Wheaton School District and remained there until 1974, with the exception of three years when he was employed as general field manager for a Phillips Petroleum jobber ship. During his tenure at Wheaton, he began as coach of all sports, taking three teams to state, receiving third place in 1953 and making the quarter finals in 1954. He had served as social studies instructor, high school principal, elementary principal and superintendent. During that time he served as president of area coaches' organization, president of the Ozark 8 Administrators' Association, chairman of various state regional basketball committees, vice president of the original Barry County OEO and at the time of his retirement was secretary-treasurer of the Ozark 8 Administrators' Association. Prior to moving to Mt. Vernon, he resided in Rogers, Ark., and was a member of the Baptist Church there. He was a member of Wheaton First Baptist Church before moving to Rogers, Ark.

Graveside services with military honors were held Monday at the Pineville Cemetery, under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton.

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