Clifton Lee Frey


    Clifton Lee Frey of St. James, Missouri was born in Rolla, Missouri on April 18, 1944 to Clifford and Beulah Crum Frey and passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the at of 77 years.


    On December 20, 1970 in Vienna, Missouri, he married Silvia Diane Williams.
    Clifton was a native of St. James, Missouri. He volunteered with the fire department for many years and joined when he was 17 years old.
    Clifton served in the United States Air Force and worked as a engine mechanic, was honorable discharged on March 18, 1966.
    After he returned home, he worked for his dad, digging graves and hauling creek gravel.
    Later in years his dad sold the business to Oscar Jones and he started his own business operating a backhoe and selling gravel.
    His father being a minister, Clifton followed his father footsteps and became a minister for several years, and preached where his dad preached and owned the building, but after his mother died, he sold the building to another congregation.
    He loved to read and had a big collection of Louis Lamour books. Clifton loved John Wayne and had most all of his movies.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin and Paul Frey; and sister, Jean Dalgren.
    He is survived by his wife of 49 years; two sons, Robert Merrow and wife Karen of Waldren Arkansas and Sam Merrow of Washington state; two daughters, Alicia Gabel and husband Scott of St. James, Missouri and Tammy Conaway and husband Mike of St. James, Missouri; three grandchildren, Seth Frey, Hunter Frey and Elaina Tanner and husband Mike of St. James, Missouri;. two great grandchildren, Tyler Matlock and Lily Anne Frey; other relatives and friends.
    Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday September 10, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Stephen Brubaker officiating.
    Burial was in the Wishon Cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of St. James, Missouri.