Fredrick Clemons Jr., of Vandercook Lake, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, from Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. He was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Paducah, Ky., the son of Fred and Eley (Gibson) Clemons.
He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Nellie Clemons, whom he married Sept. 7, 1940; two children, Ann (Ken) Lowery of Cement City and Perry Clemons of Vandercook Lake; one daughter-in-law, Judy Clemons of Vandercook Lake; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jerry Clemons; one sister, Clara and one brother, Buddy.
Freddie retired from Goodyear in Jackson after 30 years of service. He was a member of Faith Baptist Chapel in Napoleon, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Paducah. He was a country music entertainer for more than 50 years playing and singing at several different places throughout the Jackson County area. He was well known for his group called Freddie Clemons and the Frontiersmen. His passion for music was seen in the many songs he wrote, playing the guitar and singing songs, such as “The Wabash Cannonball.” Later in life, he formed another group with his good friend, Larry Schlenker which was called The Glory-bound Singers and together they played and sang gospel music for more than 25 years at the Jackson Medical Care Facility. The family wishes to give a special thanks to Bethany Home in Jackson for their loving care.
A funeral service to honor the life of Freddie Clemons was held at Faith Baptist Chapel, 7275 Wheaton Road, Napoleon, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, with Pastor Jim Wiech officiating. Interment took place in Roseland Memorial Gardens. The family received friends for visitation Friday at the church, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Bethany Home in Jackson or to Faith Baptist Chapel. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhomes.com to sign the guest book and/or send a condolence to the family.
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