A funeral service for Clinton Eugene Dupree Jr., 71, of Roswell, will be Monday, October 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Hale officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard. Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 26, 2013, at [auth] Shilo Cemetery in Bartonville/Flowermound, Texas. Clint passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, with his loving wife by his side at Roswell Regional Hospital.
Clint was born July 8, 1942, in Bartonville, Texas, to Clinton E. Dupree Sr. and Ida Mae Brown Dupree. Clinton attended Double Oak School in Bartonville through 8th grade, graduated from Northwest West High Justin, Texas, and attended Cooke County Jr. College in Gainesville, Texas. Clint served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Forrestal from ‘64-’67 during Vietnam era, Cuban Crisis and Cypress affair.
Clint wore many hats in his life, from baseball and football to 4-H and FFA as a youth and song leader as young man at Shilo Baptist Church in the community where he grew up. Music was a big part of his life, from early on playing guitar and singing for his many friends and family.
After moving to Roswell in 1977, he worked for Glovers Packing Co. in the maintence dept., for Holsum Bakery as a truck driver, for TMC as a foreman, for Roswell Livestock Auction trucking in hauling cattle and was a Chaves Co. Road Dept. truck driver up until his death. There was never a job he couldn’t figure out, from carpentry work to electricity. He could fix anything. He was called on a lot to help for any kind of repair.
His volunteer involvement included Chaves Co. 4-H leader in LB/OC 4-H club for 18 yrs., Chaves Co. Rodeo Association, RHS and GHS FFA programs. He volunteered numerous hours within the community serving the youth of Chaves Co. and continued up until June as a mentor and a coach for his grandson, Jake’s team, the Noon Op Little League- Orioles City Champions 2013.
His favorite hats of all to wear, were that of Daddy to his two daughters, Lisa and Gena, supporting them in any and all of their endeavors in 4-H and FFA, to taking them dancing — his favorite past time. His final hat, was “Papa” to the love and joys of his life, his precious granddaughter, Jaden, and his best buddy, his grandson, Jake, supporting them in all aspects of their life, from school activities to extra-curricular activities. He never missed anything they were doing.
Clint, was a die-hard Dallas Cowboy and Texas Ranger fan.
Clint is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janice Belcher Dupree; daughter, Lisa Dupree-Surratt, and Michael, of Maryland and their children: Philip and Nicole; daughter, Gena Dupree Smith, and Gary, of Roswell, and their children: Jaden and Jake; his brother, John E. Dupree Sr., and Donna Ann, of Denton, Texas; nieces: Cathy Harris and husband, Brian, Sharon Robinette and husband, Mark, Lanette Dupree; nephew, John E. Dupree Jr. and wife, Tammy, all of Texas; many cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Clint was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton E. Dupree Sr. and Ida Mae Brown Dupree; and sister, Fairie Vonda Dupree-Smith.
Pallbearers will be Bill Luck, Joe Toya, Joe Clemenza and Gary Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Dupree Sr., John Dupree Jr., Mike Surratt and his friends at the Chaves Co. Road Dept. and RLA.
Clint’s favorite saying was “Cowboy Up,” and he tried to do just that until the very end. He was a man of few words and was affectionately called “Daddy Clint” to all his 4-H kids and “Papa Clint” to all his grandkids’ friends. He was loved a lot and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
The family wishes to express deepest gratitude to all his friends and family for all their support.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Chaves County 4-H program, GHS and RHS FFA programs.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.