Billy Charles Clements

 

Billy Charles Clements
Billy Charles Clements

Billy Charles Clements, 90, of Amarillo, TX died June 5, 2021.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 12, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Dr. Charles Jones officiating. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Billy Charles Clements was born July 3, 1930, in Vilonia, AR to Lewis and Winifred Clements.

Billy was a talented athlete and while playing basketball against a rival, he eyed a freshman girl, Libby, and she made note of him.  It would be a few years later when they began dating.  He left Arkansas while she was a senior in HS and ended up in Amarillo taking a job with Amarillo Natural Gas in May 1950.  He then hitched hiked back and forth to Arkansas courting Libby until they married in November 1950.  In 1952 he was called up for the Korean War where he served as a cook for the front line returning in January 1954; upon his returned to Amarillo, he resumed job that was being held for him at Amarillo Natural Gas.  Eleven months later his son Billy Wayne was born and then four and half years later daughter Terri joined the family.  He coached many football, basketball, baseball and softball teams for Billy Wayne and Terri having a great love for sports especially the Baylor Bears, Arkansas Razorbacks and St Louis Cardinals.  Also being an avid hunter and fisherman, he taught Billy Wayne those sports as well.   Billy continued to work as a service tech until 1973 when he became a supervisor of the now Atmos service department.  Billy had a hard time sitting behind a desk so he went out in the field with his men any opportunity he could until retirement in March 1987.

Not one to sit still, he began mowing lawns, which grandson Casey helped even when home from college.  In 1992 he became a driver for Enterprise Rent a Car driving locally, regionally and across the country until resigning around 2006 due to loss of vision.  Although he could no longer drive, he continued to remain busy, even until the fall of 2020, mowing his daughter’s lawn and only allowing grandson Ian to help when he absolutely had to do so.

Billy is survived by son, Billy W Clements; daughter Terri Clements-Slaughter both of Amarillo; grandsons Casey Clements (Erika) of Conroe, TX and Ian Slaughter of Amarillo and granddaughter Kelli Clements (Danzel Wilson) of Lubbock, TX and great grandsons, Caleb Clements, and Khalil Wilson; sister Mary Ann Gray (Leon) of Conway, AR and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Libby; parents Lewis and Winifred, sisters Mildred Simpson and Betty Anderson; brothers Maynard, LG, Orland, Elmer, Bobby, and daughter-in-law Debbie.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Ray Burgess, Ernest Clark, Gail Clements, and his coffee friends.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Ward, Gregg Clements, Glen Clements, Earl Clements, Charlie Clements, Michael Stanton, and David Hall.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Billy, please make it to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Friday, June 11, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

2 Replies to “Billy Charles Clements”

  1. Billy was a good man, and an awesome uncle. I had the privilege of talking to him numerous times over the last few years. Our conversations usually involved sports, family history, and humorus stories. He told me about the time he was at grandma and grandpa’s farm the same time cousins Earl, and Kirby were there. He knew they did not like cow’s milk. In there defense I did not care for it either. Billy went to the store to get a few things and bought a quart of milk. When he got back to the farm he dumped the quart of store bought milk, filled it with cow’s milk, and put it in the fridge. The next morning Earl, and Kirby got up, went to the kitchen, and I think it was a box of cereal they poured into bowl along with Billy’s cow milk. When breakfast was over, and the bowls were empty he told them what he had done. I’ll bet the look on everyones face was priceless. I will miss our conversations. God Bless him.

  2. Some of my earliest memories are Mr. Clements driving up to the house in his Pioneer Natural Gas truck tooting his horn. Out would go Daddy and they’d head to Denny’s to drink .05 cents then .10 cents coffee. They were outraged when the price jumped to .25 cents. They’d discuss sports and brag about their kids. I went along a couple of times. Good memories. A life well lived, and will always be remembered with love.

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