Cletus Herbert Faircloth was born on September 27, 1929 in Esther, Missouri to Loy Everett and Lena Ellen (Rolens) Faircloth and passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the age of 91 years.
Cletus began school in the first grade at Esther School. He loved music and began playing in the school band which he continued throughout his high school years. He also joined the school chorus during high school.
After graduating from high school, Cletus moved to St. Louis, Missouri to work for McDonald Douglas Aircraft. It was during this time that he met Mary Jean Plummer. They became engaged on February 14, 1948. They eloped to Van Buren, Arkansas on March 14, 1948, and on March 15, 1948, they were married.
In December of 1950 Cletus began working for St. Joe Lead Company as a clerk in the office who delivered the mail. He then moved to apprentice worker in addition to attending night school to attain his next position as a journeyman iron worker. He later advanced to assistant foreman then on to become foreman of the Bonne Terre machine shop and was transferred to Viburnum, Missouri to be the foreman of the machine shop there. He moved on to work in the mining reach department until he retired in 1986 from St. Joe Lead Mines.
While living in Bonne Terre, Cletus and Jean were members of the Centenary Methodist Church and in 1975, after a team of lay witnesses came to the church, Cletus and Jean joined in this work and together they were involved in 69 missions in many years following.
After moving to Viburnum, Cletus and Jean became very active in the Emmanuel United Methodist Church as lay leaders.
Over his lifetime, he donated over 69 pints of blood surpassing his goal of total units of blood given to his son Mike after he was wounded in Vietnam.
He served as a Boy Scout leader for many years as well as a volunteer fireman. He also served over 50 years with the Masons.
Cletus loved all things railroad and watching trains. He enjoyed reading, collecting stamps, lay speaking, lay witnessing, square dancing, fishing and mining and its history.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Lena Faircloth; wife, Mary Jean; four siblings, Mary Edith Meador and Everett Earl, Harvey Henry and Otis Elbert Faircloth; one granddaughter, Heather Faircloth; and daughter-in-law, Terry Faircloth.
He is survived by three children, Mike Faircloth of Citra, Florida, Dennis Faircloth of Papillion, Nebraska and Marie Freeman (Mike) of Waynesville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michael Faircloth (Jessica) of Searcy, Arkansas, Matthew Faircloth (Tyler) of Maumelle, Arkansas, Molly Llewellyn (Justin) of Falcon, Missouri and Ivan Freeman (Tiffany) of Waynesville, Missouri; seven great grandchildren, Dakota, Alissa, Raylynn, Ava, Gunner, Brylee and Barrett; one great great grandson, RJ Tidwell; one brother, Gene Faircloth (Norma) of Park Hills, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert, Missouri with Pastor Dennis Conway officiating. Music was provided by Mike, Greg and Alan Freeman, Monda Price, Greg Gabel and Becky Lercher.
Arrangements under the direction of the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert.