James Thomas ClemonsJanuary 9, 1922 – October 12, 2004
James Thomas Clemons died on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, in Rifle. He was 82. Visiting hours will be from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Rifle Funeral Home, 1400 Access Road. Following visitation, a graveside military service will be held in his memory at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of the Western Slope, 2830 D. Road, Grand Junction. The chaplain of the Military Honor Guard will officiate.James was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Larkensville, Ala., to Grant and Lala (Thomas) Clemons. He married Grace Hall on Nov. 25, 1948, in Biloxi, Miss. He served in the Air Force for 27 years and had lived in Rifle since 1997. His previous place of residence was Aurora.He was a member of the Lawrence Green Leaf Lodge and was a devoted husband of 55 years. James was a great father who never met a stranger. In his younger life, he liked to play golf and go fishing. He was ever so proud of his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. James and his wife loved to go to Las Vegas and have fun. He was a great chess player and also played cards and completed cross-word puzzles. He only lacked half a credit from holding a degree in business management from the University of Pittsburgh. James was just an all-around great guy.James is survived by his wife, Grace, of Rifle; a son, Keith Clemons of Silt; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Robert Clemons; a son, Warren H. Clemons; and two nephews, Ronnie and Sammie Clemons.James is survived by his wife, Grace, of Rifle; a son, Keith Clemons of Silt; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Robert Clemons; a son, Warren H. Clemons; and two nephews, Ronnie and Sammie Clemons.
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