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Clell Rife Mears, 95, Green County, KY (1927-2023)

Clell Rife "C.R." Mears of Summersville, Kentucky, son of the late Willie Rife Mears and Jennie Bloyd Mears, was born on Sunday, April 3, 1927 in Green County and departed this life on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at his home. He was 95 years, 10 months, and 19 days of age.

He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was a member of the Greensburg Baptist Church. He completed four years at Greensburg High School in 1945. He then went to Campbellsville Junior College and graduated in 1946. While at college, he met Charlotte Case and began dating. After they married, they both taught school.

Charlotte taught at New Hope and C.R. taught at Walnut Spring. He then went to work in the Engineers office at Fort Knox where he retired as a Management Analyst after 31 years. During that time, he was drafted. He was a Korean War Veteran having served in the United States Army from November 1952 until November 1954. After retirement he and Charlotte moved back to Green County to the farm where he was born where he raised black angus cattle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Charlotte Case Mears on October 31, 2018 having united in marriage on August 27, 1947.

Survivors include a niece: Brenda Jenkins of Louisville; cousin: R. L. Mears of Ohio; special caretakers and friends: James and Janie Borders of Campbellsville; special friends: Tilford and Sandy Loy of Columbia; and host of other relatives and friends.

He was also preceded in death by a brother and sister: Leonard Mears and Hazel Foster.

The funeral services will be conducted at 1pmET Sunday, February 26, 2023 at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Campbellsville Memorial Gardens. Bro. Dannie Nelson officiating.

Visitation is requested after 9:30am and until time of the funeral service.

PALLBEARERS: James Borders, Dean Warren, Larry Compton, Guy Whitlow, Randy Pottinger, Greg Reliford

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Danny Hodges, David Hodges, Bobby Dial, Tom Sanders, Aaron Mears.

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