As of Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

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Ed Clemons Jr.

Feb. 6, 1958 – Sept. 26, 2022

Mr. Clarence Edward “Ed” Clemons Jr., 64, of Webb City, departed this life on Monday, Sept. 26, in the comfort of his home after a battle with cancer. 

Ed entered this life on Feb. 6, 1958, in Webb City, son of the late Clarence Edward Clemons Sr. and Sylvia (Culton) Clemons Roughton. He was a lifelong resident and a 1976 graduate of Webb City High School. He furthered his education at Missouri Southern State University, receiving a degree in architecture. Ed was a self-employed architectural engineer throughout his life. He enjoyed muscle cars, NASCAR and grilling for his family and friends. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. 

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Gwen Clemons; and two nieces, Alisha Clemons and Elizabeth Runion. 

Ed is survived by his three children, Clarence Edward Clemons III, Webb City, Kassie Dawn King, Neosho and Izack Clemons and wife Casha, Purcell; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Teresa Spencer and husband Don, Joplin; his stepmother, Connie Clemons, Joplin; and a host of other family members.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, with Pastor Denny Carver officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


Sam Rogers

July 2, 1972 – Sept. 24, 2022

Dr. Samuel “Sam” Craig Rogers, age 50, of Carthage, passed away early Saturday, Sept. 24, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Sam was born on July 2, 1972, in Lexington, Ky., the son of Harry and Cindy (Steele) Rogers. He grew up in Carthage, attended Mark Twain Elementary, Carthage Junior High, and Carthage High School. Sam earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1996 from University of Missouri in Columbia and master of educational administration (K-12) in 2005 from William Woods University in Fulton. He went on to earn his education specialist in administration-superintendent certification in 2010 from Missouri State University in Springfield and doctorate in educational administration in 2014 from Lindenwood University in St. Charles. For part of his career, from 2003 to 2006, he was a teacher at Webb City Junior High School, and the high school tennis and soccer coach and assistant swimming coach. He has been at Carthage for the since 2011 and continued to work through his illness as an assistant principal at Carthage High School.

But through it all, Sam would say his greatest accomplishment was the three people inside the walls of his home.

He married Allison Stanley on June 12, 1999, and she survives. Additional survivors include his children, Benjamin “Ben” Rogers and Emerson “Emme” Rogers, both of the home; his parents; Harry and Cindy Rogers; and his brother, Chris Rogers and wife Tracy, Carthage.

A celebration of Sam’s life has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the K.E. Baker Stadium in Carthage. The family will receive friends following the service in the Carthage Junior High School Gym.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Association of Student Councils, where Sam served on the executive board for several years. Funds will be for scholarships to MASC Leadership Camp. Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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