Clel L. Yancey, 89, of Poplar Bluff, died on Saturday, June 5, 2010. He was born Dec. 1, 1920 in Herrin, Ill. Mr. Yancey was an active member of Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, where he served faithfully, and was committed to the work of Westwood Baptist Academy. He moved to Poplar Bluff in 1996, from Ellsinore, where he had retired from East Carter County R-2 School District as a teacher of building and trades, and also as a school bus driver. After working several years independently and self employed, he returned to the work force in 1998 at Packs Do-IT-Center, and was named the 2002 "Older Worker of the Year" for this region. He retired from Packs at the age of 87, when his health would no longer permit him to work.
Mr. Yancey was a World War II veteran, serving as a soldier for three years in the South Pacific, receiving an honorable discharge in 1945.
On Jan. 17, 1942, he married Gladys (Judy) Landis, and they have six children -- Vern, Jim, Kay, Dean, Pat and Randy, all surviving. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, his parents, Hosea and Mattie Yancey, one grandson, Eric L. Yancey, four brothers, Curtis, Kenneth, Charlie, and John, and three sisters, Ruby, Helen, and Pauline. He is survived by his children and their families: Vern and Phyllis Yancey of Cobden, Ill.; J.D. and Ruth Yancey of Ellsinore; (Judy) Kay Smoot of Poplar Bluff; (Wendell) Dean and Carlene Yancey of Harvard, Ill.; Pat Ceren of St. Louis; and Randy and Paula Yancey of Dexter; 18 grandchildren, and 42 great grandchildren; one brother, Gordan and Rose Yancey of Desoto; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of beloved friends who honor him.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. A memorial service to honor his legacy will be held Wednesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff with Mr. Yancey's, beloved pastor, Dr. Steven Proctor, officiating.
Mr Yancey's flag-draped casket will be carried by caisson from Westwood Baptist Church to City Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with military honors.
Memorials may be made to The Yancey Scholarship Foundation at Westwood Baptist Academy.