SIKESTON - Cleatus G. Lemmons, 84, of Sikeston Route 1, died Jan. 26, 2005 at Missouri Delta Medical Center after a short illness.
He was born March 15, 1920 in Randolph County, Ark, to Arch Clayton Lemmons and Hassel Allison Lemmons. Lemmons was a veteran of World War II. He was a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Corps, flying more than 30 missions over occupied territory, including a mission on D-Day. During the course of his tour of duty, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and other medals. His proudest accomplishment during the war, however, was not losing a single crew member from his aircraft, "The Homing Pigeon." For this achievement, he earned the nickname "Lucky Lem."
Cleatus married Marjorie Alleene Thomas of Bradenton, Fl., in 1944. When he came home from Europe, he and his new bride settled in Stoddard County, where his parents had moved from Arkansas during the war. He farmed at the same location there from 1945 until the end of the harvest of 2004. Among the great loves of his life, his land was close to the top of the list. His loved ones often said he had "gumbo in his blood."
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, his beloved wife, Margie, and his younger brother, Kenneth, of Rockford, Ill., who died Dec. 17, 2004.
He is survived by three children: Gay Lemmons McNab and her husband Todd of Monterey, Tenn., Glenn Lemmons and his wife Nancy of Sikeston and Thom Lemmons of Abilene, Texas; as well as 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A younger brother and sister, Albert G. Lemmons and Shirley Lemmons Stansbury, of Nashville, Tenn., also survive. In addition, he leaves behind a host of devoted friends.
A member of Shady Acres Church of Christ, Cleatus G. Lemmons' faith in God was the principle that guided his life. His influence reaches far beyond this community, and those whose lives have been shaped by his example count themselves among the most fortunate. His family wishes to thank the staff of Missouri Delta Medical Center, including Beth Poore and the fine nursing staff of the ICU, Dr. Lauren Blackwelder, Dr. Musa Wadi and especially Dr. Burton Hays, whose compassionate guidance will always be cherished by the family.
The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, 205 N. Stoddard St. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
may be sent to the
Paragould Children's Home Inc.
P.O. Box 460
Paragould, AR 72450