Charlene Clemons, age 69, passed away on Thursday May 2, 2019. She was born on June 20, 1949 in Hazard, KY to the late Emmanuel Ray Jones and Marie Weinmann Jones. Charlene loved life. She had a very social personality. She loved the beach and travelling, especially out west. She was a member of the Bath County Homemakers. She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, gardening, astronomy, and dabbled in pottery and oil painting. She was a member of the Alpha Xi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Hazard, and a member of Kappa Delta at Morehead State University. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Mount Sterling and Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Hazard.
Charlene graduated from Hazard High School in 1967. She obtained a BA in Social Work and Political Science/Pre-Law with a secondary teaching degree from Morehead State University in 1971. She went on to obtain a Rank II in secondary education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1991, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2004. Her work history includes a Secondary Teacher for Perry County Schools, Physical Science Tech for MSHA, a Field Services Supervisor and Service Region Administrator for the Cabinet for Families and Children, Program Coordinator for the Kentucky River Community Care/Appalachian Violence Outreach Network, part time instructor for the Eastern Kentucky University Social Work Program, JOBS program coordinator for Perry and Knott Counties, Social Services Clinician for child protection, and a Clinician for KRCC non-profit mental health agency. She also served on the Hazard Perry County Museum Board, the Hazard Community College Human Services Advisory Board, and the Morehead State University Alumni Board.
She is survived by one daughter, Beth Clemons of Lexington; one son, Keith Dustin Clemons of Owenton; two sisters, Sally Jones Duke (Fred) of Hazard and Bobbie R. Jones Bailey of California, and one brother, Emmanuel R. Jones Jr. (Scarlette) of Hazard; and a special friend, Paul Sexton of Owingsville; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, friends, and other relatives. Her children describe her as the best mother you could ever ask for. Her siblings and friends cherished her advice and joy for life. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
A private service will be held for the immediate family at the Owingsville Cemetery. Richardson Funeral Home in Owingsville is caring for the private service. Maggard Mountain View Chapel is caring for the Celebration of Life in Hazard which will be held Saturday, May 11 from 2-4 pm.