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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