Clarence Louis Lemelle, Jr. age 80 of Morgantown formerly of Long Island, NY passed away February 21, 2023 at Mon Health Medical Center. He was born November 11, 1942 in New York to the late Clarence, Sr. and Bettymae Johnson Lemelle.
Clarence attended St. Catherine of Sienna School and was a member of the Queensmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and after graduating, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1961.
Clarence retired from the United States Postal Service AMF/JFK where he received numerous awards . He was a Volunteer Fireman with the North Amityville Fire Company on Long Island. The positions he held were Captain of Rescue, Captain of Fire Police and President of the North Amityville Volunteer Fireman's Exempt and Benevolent Association. He was proud to be a volunteer fireman after retiring to Morgantown, WV. He joined the Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society and became a past President. Among his many hobbies, he enjoyed golf, creating artwork, bowling in the senior league and model railroads.He attended Jones United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Cranford Lemelle; sisters, Earlene Campbell, Mabel Montford; special cousin, Cisley Turpin; brother and sister in law, Hubert and Deborah Ward; brother in law, Marcus Cranford; sister in law, Renee Mack and special nephew, Michal Link.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael J. Lemelle and Paul E. Lemelle aka Latif Halim. Clarence also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, along with many family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to your local Volunteer Fire Department or to the charity of choice in memory of Clarence.
Family and friends will be received at Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry St. Morgantown, WV 26505, from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Stephen R. Prince officiating. Internment will follow in East Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown, WV.
Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home. Condolences online at www.dering-henson.com.
Clarence passed on February 21, 2023
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the funeral home.
"Dear Karen, Please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. My cousin definitely made me feel like a little sister. I will surely miss our road trips around the states. Remember our Alaskan cruise? You and Louis could let us know Mabel and I about hung out to enjoy more of the night life . But indeed a great trip had by all. We are a phone call away. Much Love Cisley " From Cisley Turpin on March 1, 2023