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James Lewis Clements, 1911-1995

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The Rev. James Lewis Clements, age 84, died February 22, 1995, in South Hill, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Blanche K. Clements, of South Hill; three daughters: Carolyn C. Modures of Morehead City, NC, Rosalyn C. Thompson of South Hill, and Scarlett C. Seay of Petersburg; a son, James L. Clements, II, of Smithfield; four sisters: Elizabeth Clements and Bertie Hall of Gloucester, and Minnie Moore and Myrtle Dawson of Grafton; three brothers: Irvin, Richard and Malcolm Clements of Gloucester; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

James served for over 42 years, pastoring congregations in Colonial Heights, Danville, Hampton, King William and Madison counties, Lynchburg, Altavista, Petersburg, Richmond and South Hill.

After retiring in 1980, James continued to serve at Trinity-Providence United Methodist Charge in South Hill and participated in services at South Hill Christian Church and Colonial Christian Church in Colonial Heights.

He attended the College of William and Mary and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1937. He attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.

James was a 33rd Degree Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Loyalty Chapter #48 in South Hill.

James was a gifted evangelist, a devoted pastor, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. His bright smile, and his infectious humor won him many devoted friends, and there are many young people who found their way to the Lord because of his shepherding care.

James set his sights on the upward call of the Kingdom of God, but understood the frailty of the human heart. He accepted people for who they were, but saw in them what they could become through the love of God in Jesus Christ.

The Virginia Conference has been blessed by the ministry of James Lewis Clements, and we rejoice with thanksgiving for the glimpse of God that shone through him.

- L. Douglas Hill





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