Clarence Edmondson, Jr

Clarence Edmondson, Jr., 81, Kansas City, MO passed away July 15, 2017 at his home. A visitation will be held 2-3 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 followed by a memorial service at 3 pm, at Heartland Cremation, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Mo 64133.

Clarence Edmondson Jr. was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, March 11, 1936 to his mother AdLena Thomas (Malone) a fifth grade teacher at the all black Trenholm High School; and his father Mr. Clarence Edmondson Sr., a band instructor at Alabama State College in Montgomery, Alabama. Clarence Edmondson Jr. was the oldest of five children. Clarence was a outstanding trumpet player, playing in the school band since 7th grade. He also played the piano, organ, cornet and loved classical music. His hobbies included chess, reading, and being and exceptional runner. He was the first member of his scout troop 157, Tennessee Valley Council which was segregated in the 1950s. The troop also had a summer camp, Drake located in Rogersville. He reached the rank of Life scout and attended the world Jamboree in Irvine Ranch, California near San Diego in 1953.

Furthermore, after high school he attended Fisk University a historically black college-university in Nashville, Tennessee; he earned a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry. He pledged and became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity while attending Fisk. Shortly after college he joined the United States Air Force, and became a surgical technician, and was stationed in Madrid Spain. He attended Kansas University for a year, and decided to move to Kansas City in 1964. He met his wife Sharon, and married in 1968. They have three children, Elgin, Evette, and Clarissa. He worked briefly at Research Hospital, obtained a job working for Cook Paint & Varnish for 17 years. He also worked for an automotive firm and a food firm as a quality control Chemist. Taught chemistry at Paseo Academy of Fine Performing Arts High School for one year, and science at East high school for half a year. He was a scoutmaster for over two decades; and a member for 60 years at Second Baptist Church, 3620 E. 39th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64128. He was a deacon, tutor, Sunday school teacher of the young adult department, and a member of the Chancel Choir. Lastly, he enjoyed singing in Handel’s Messiah Choir at Centennial Methodist Church on 19th & Woodland for 30 years.

He leaves to honor his life, are his wife Mrs. Sharon Edmondson, brother James Melvyn Thomas, his 3 children Elgin Leonard Edmondson, Evette Lorraine Edmondson, and Clarissa Edmondson-Bridges. His grandchildren Elgin Leonard Edmondson 2nd, DonDre Ramey, and Cha’nya Bridges; and Rev. John H. Thompson Jr. (father in law), and Mr. Quentin Bridges (son-in-law), and a host of nieces, nephews, and beloved cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister Portia Glenn and her twin brother Porter Thomas, and sister Carol Humphrey; parents AdLena Thomas (Malone) and Mr. Clarence Edmondson Sr; and step father James P. Thomas.

The family asks that you forward any cards, flowers, or donations to Mrs. Sharon Edmondson

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  1. Larsen Anthony Manning on July 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Bless Jesus, my memories of my uncle are very heartfelt and Loving he was Strong in his faith and spirit walked up right and always had an Awesome smile for everyone. I didn’t expect to be hurting like this about him passing,yet my father in heaven knows what’s best!

    Rest in paradise Uncle Clarence, you are deeply missed!

  2. Kashante Johnson on July 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers, may God give you comfort and peace !

  3. Janene Thompson on July 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    We will miss you Uncle Clarence. You aleays had a world of knowledge to share. I will miss sitting next to you at the piano watching you play. I am at peace knowing that you will be reunited with the ones that loved you. Rest in Peace my sweet uncle. Kiss my momma for me.

  4. Lashunda Robinson on July 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    What a handsome, intelligent and accomplished man ! The world will definitely miss this kind hearted spirit. May you rest in everlasting peace with no more pain Mr. Edmondson. You are truly loved. My condolences to the family, may God keep you in this trying time.

  5. Stephanie porche on July 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Our thoughts and Prayer are with you at this hour. I prayer for the peace of God that passes all understanding rest and abide with you and your family at such a time as this. There is no sorry that Heaven can not heal.

    The Mannings- Porche Family

  6. KC MOTHER LOVE on July 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    May the Grace of God and the sweet communion of the holy spirit comfort you during this time of bereavement. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love the McCurry family!

  7. JENNIFER L. BRIDGES on July 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    To The Edmondson Family
    God will wipe every tear from your eye’s, there will be no more pain for this thing has come to pass for Clarence. God will heal the broken hearted and he will bind up your wound’s. Be not discourages Edmondson Family for the Lord your God will be with you always, that is his promise. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. His word proclaims fear not for i am with you, be not dismayed for i am your God i will uphold you with my right hand of righteousness. Clarence will be seen again in that great gettin up morning.
    With Heart Felt Compassion
    THE BRIDGES FAMILY: Jennifer, Quentin, Farrah, Nikki, Kebede, Chanya, Kyleigh, ” E” “J” and “M”.

  8. Andrea Newton on July 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family. Please know that we are lifting you up in our prayers daily. I was honored to have Mr. Edmondson as my Sunday School teacher for many years growing up at Second Baptist he will be missed.

  9. Georgia Edmondson Conic on July 24, 2017 at 9:24 am

    To Sharon and family,
    We grieve with you for the loss of your husband and father, and our nephew and cousin. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Edmondsons
    Aunt Georgia Edmondson Conic
    Rufus Hill
    Ella Sylve
    Willard Paige
    Beverly Edmondson
    Dwayne Gray
    Don Paul Edmondson

  10. Diane Ward (Albertson) on July 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I just learned last night from Evette of Clarence’s passing away. So sorry to hear. He was a man full of energy and huge heart for God. I always enjoyed seeing him when Evette and I were in college. Thinking of you. We can all look forward to the day we will all be united in heaven again. God bless!

  11. Willard Paige on August 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    To the Cousin I never had the opportunity to meet:
    Please forgive the lateness of my message, but rest assured you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.
    May God keep you in his arms giving you peace and comfort.

    Willard Paige and Family

  12. Darnell Busch on August 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I want to give my condolences to the family of my old Boy Scout troop leader. Mr. Edmondson you will be missed.

  13. Johnathan A. Glenn on February 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I didn’t realize this page existed. I’m so thankful for the legacy of music from my Uncle Clarence, that has been left behind. Especially because of my grandmother, his mother, Adlena Thomas (Malone). This legacy continues to live in in me and my family. Thank you and I love you Uncle.

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