Clarence Royce Neely, 81, of Smithville died Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 11, 1934 to his parents, the late Wallace Neely and Elsie Patton Neely Bell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Cope, Christine Cantrell and Dorothy Jean Adcock; two great-grandchildren, Peanut Scott and Jeffrey Pasley.
He was a faithful member of Covenant Baptist Church where he served as choir director. A garment factory executive, he was in the Tennessee National Guard for 12 years, a Mason, and a member of Liberty Lodge No. 77, Scottish Rite, and a Shriner.
He is survived by his wife of 62-1/2 years, Walteen Neely of Smithville; son, Kevin Royce (Rexanna) Neely of Smithville; six grandchildren, Matthew Royce Neely, Erica Denise Neely, Jeremiah Joseph (Monique) Pasley, Tabatha Marie Pasley, Jeffrey Daryl (Holly) Pasley and Matthew Allen Pasley; 8 great-grandchildren, Malachi Royce Neely, Jericho Zachariah Neely, Jeremy Scott Fink, Dominic Leon Pasley, Landon Pasley, Miah Pasley, Elijah Scott, Sideny Scott, Skylar Scott; 1 brother, Bryan (Jo Ann) Neely of McMinnville; 2 sisters, Vivian Vickers of Cookeville and Karen (Vernon) Goines of Manchester.
A masonic service was held Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bobby Thomason officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. In addition to flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Shriners Children Hospital.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.