Cecil Charles Clevenger


Cecil Charles Clevenger, 87, Joplin, Mo., passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. After a recent decline in health, he was called home to the Lord and passed peacefully at Mercy Hospital, in Joplin, with his beloved wife, Betty, and many other loved ones by his side. Cecil was born April 1, 1931, in Ritchey, Mo., to Judge and Leona (Rice) Clevenger.
On March 6, 1950, he married the love of his life, Betty Mahurin. They lived together, almost inseparable, for 68 wonderful years. They lived in Joplin for 61 years and together raised their two sons, Dwight and Gregory.
He worked for Eagle Picher, in Joplin, for 34 years, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, square dancing with his wife, and performing his infamous "finger tricks".
Cecil is survived by his wife, Betty Clevenger, of the home; two sons, Dwight Clevenger (Pam) and Gregory Clevenger (Cindy); six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge and Leona; two brothers, John and James; three sisters, Hazel, Pearl and Lorraine; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Stevens and Lilianna Clevenger.
Cecil was a strong patriarch of his family and will be greatly missed. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Neosho, with Richard Simmons officiating. Interment will follow at Newtonia IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Hit and Run Project of Fayetteville, Ark. Contributions may be made directly online to www.hitandrunproject.org or in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850. The Hit and Run Project was created in honor of Cecil's great-grandson, Matthew Stevens.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.
Published on January 3, 2019
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3 posts

Connie Dunlap
Apr 13, 2019
Betty and Cecil rented a house to their nephew Mark Letts and Myself soon after we were married. We would meet them at the bowling alley once a month to pay our rent have a beer and enjoy their company. I remember how Cecil would tease Betty knowing that really he was still flirting with her after many years of marriage & Betty letting him think he was fooling her! You couldn't be around Cecil very long until he made you smile or laugh.
Nellie Blankenship
Jan 03, 2019
Cecil was my grandfathers last living brother and will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for comfort and healing to families and friend's.
Lori keeton (clevenger)
Jan 03, 2019
You will be missed and prayers to all the family and friends. RIP uncle cecil