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Charlie "Loyd" Clements

January 28, 1937 ~ August 30, 2022 (age 85)

Obituary

Charlie Loyd Clements, 85, of Oxford, KS passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, donations may be left in the care of the Oxford Funeral Service.

On January 28, 1937, Matt and Fannie Clements welcomed their first baby boy. Charlie Loyd Clements was the third of four children.  Born in Clifty, Arkansas, the family moved to Tecumseh, Oklahoma where at age 12, Loyd was diagnosed with the tenth case of polio in the county.  He was rushed to Crippled Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City where he received treatment for 3 long months.  He kept up on his studies thanks to the teacher that was provided by the hospital.

 Loyd was a survivor.  He was one of the fortunate ones and never took that for granted.  He made sure that his family was protected from that dreaded disease and they waited patiently in line for that small sugar cube inoculated with the polio vaccine when it was first released to the public. 

Loyd and Evelyn began their married lives as teenagers in Norman, Oklahoma in March of 1956.  They had two daughters, Lawana and Rhonda.  Their son Greg was born after the family moved to Oxford.

 While his right leg muscle was withered as a result of the polio, Loyd never let that stop him.  He worked hard his entire life, was a quick learner and a natural problem solver.  Loyd worked in a photography studio early on, then drove a moving truck.  After moving to Oxford in 1967, he was employed by GE and Cessna, later retiring from Boeing in 1995.

 Loyd was active in many sports and hobbies which included hunting, fishing, playing softball, and tinkering with old cars.  He was on a golf league at GE and he was a competitive card player, enjoyed bowling on different teams for over 30 years, and was very good at both.

 Loyd was known to be ornery to put it lightly.  He loved teasing and playing practical jokes. Loyd enjoyed going to various sporting events of his children, grandkids and great-grands.  He especially liked baseball and softball and spent many hours watching it on TV in his later years.  He loved western movies and read every Louis L’amour book.

 He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of 66 years, his daughter, Lawana and son-in-law, Scott Binns of Baxter Springs, Kansas, daughter Rhonda and son-in-law, Tom Ross of Oxford, and son, Greg Clements and daughter-in-law Tracy of Oxford, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, a brother Vernon Clements and sister-in-law, Jeanie from Sulfur Springs, Oklahoma and many nieces, nephews and greats. He is preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings.


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