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Clen H. Reavis Jr.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hornbeak United Methodist Church on Glass Road, with the Rev. Jimmy Calhoun officiating. Burial will follow at Antioch Church Cemetery near Hornbeak.
Pallbearers will be Harold Burton, Charles Harris, Jim Kendall, Steve Sedberry, Tim Blackley and David Jerden. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Hornbeak Woodmen of the World Camp 196.
Cryer and Son Funeral Home in Obion is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hornbeak United Methodist Church.
He was born May 19, 1920,  in Memphis, son of the late Elva (Hooper) and Clen H. Reavis Sr. He attended the former Messick elementary and high schools and grew up in the Bunton area of Memphis. As a young boy, he delivered newspapers and worked as a golf caddy.
He married the former Dorothy Allen of Kenton March 23, 1940, in Hernando, Miss. They met when she moved to Memphis to work and their marriage lasted 54 years, until her death in 1994.
After graduating from high school, he was employed by Memphis Street and Railway as a machinist prior to World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, with plans to become a pilot, and completed the U.S. Army Air Force Basic Pilot training in 1945. He was commissioned a first lieutenant and served as an Army Air Force pilot and aircraft maintenance officer. He was honorably discharged after World War II and returned to Memphis to live and work, again at Memphis Street and Railway.
In 1948, Clen and Dot moved to Hornbeak to become co-owners/operators for more than 40 years of Hornbeak Feed Store, with his brother-in-law, Frank Short. The company bought and sold Purina Feeds and animal products and bought and sold grain, feed, seed, farm chemicals and fertilizer. He bought out his partner in 1977.
Clen was very active in the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society. He was a member of Hornbeak Woodmen of the World Camp 196 for more than 50 years, serving as camp president, Tennessee state president, a member of the national board of directors and a trustee. He was later appointed national treasurer, which required the family’s move to Omaha, Neb., in 1980. As treasurer, Clen was instrumental in implementing the annuity/IRA line of products for Woodmen during his tenure with Woodmen. Clen retired from Woodmen in 1985, at age 65, and returned to Hornbeak to enjoy his grandchildren and family and to play golf.
An avid golfer for more than 40 years, he was a longtime member of Poplar Meadows Country Club. He was also a charter member of the World War II D-Day Museum in New Orleans.
He was a longtime member of Hornbeak United Methodist Church.
Clen lived a long, happy, productive and fulfilled life. He enjoyed travel, golf, time with family and Woodmen functions. He loved his God, his family and friends. He was truly one of “The Greatest Generation,” and he left this world a better place than he found it.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Letha (Smith) Reavis of Hornbeak; two grandchildren, Reena (Reavis) Shelton and her husband, Chris, and Robert Clen Reavis, all of Union City; his great-granddaughter, Gia Ann Marie Shelton of Union City; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, Elva (Hooper) and Clen H. Reavis Sr.; his sister, Virginia (Reavis) Shaler; and his wife, Dorothy (Allen) Reavis.
 Condolences may be left for the family at www.cryerfuneralhome.com.

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