William James Clemence, Jr

Born: Tue., Mar. 15, 1932
Died: Wed., Oct. 10, 2012

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William James “BJ” Clemence, Jr. age 80, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at his home in Greensboro. He was born in Macon, GA on March 15, 1932. He lived in Knoxville, TN from 1933-1939, when he and the family moved to Druid Hills in Dekalb County, Georgia. He attended Druid Hills Schools, fourth grade through graduation in 1949. He then attended the University of Georgia Atlanta division in 1950 and 1951, and finished the last three years at the Athens Campus. He graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Education majoring in Physical Education. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Following 1954, he was teacher and coach at Luthersville, Georgia High School. The same fall, he married Martha Nancy Bentley. In 1955 he received a teaching assistantship at the University of Georgia, while working on his Masters Degree. In 1956, he was promoted to the rank of Instructor at the University of Georgia in the Physical Education Department. In 1958, he received his Master’s Degree in Physical Education at UGA and was promoted to Assistant Professor. In 1963, he was awarded a teaching/research scholarship at the Physical Education Department at the University of Arkansas to begin work on his Doctorate in Physical Education. He completed work for the degree in 1965 and was awarded the degree in 1968. In 1968, he was promoted to rank of Associate Professor. During his tenure at the University of Georgia, he chaired the Department of Men’s Undergraduate Program, chaired the Department of Kinesiology, and served on several college committees. He also coached the freshman golf teams in the 50’s and 60’s, the wrestling team, tennis and varsity cheerleaders. He was also very active in the State Southern Region of the National Association for Health and Physical Education and Recreation. In his tenure at the University of Georgia, he wrote and had published a book for tennis players and golfers. In 1976, he divorced Martha Nancy Bentley and married Nelsie Cosper. He was one of 43 golf enthusiast who started the Florida-Georgia Golf Classic. He was also instrumental in the initiation of the Town and Gown Golf Tourney. In 1978, he was awarded the outstanding Teacher of Division of Health Physical Education and Recreation. In 1990, he retired after thirty-six years with the University of Georgia. In 1994, his wife Nelsie died of cancer. In 2000, he married Edna Earl Wilson of Lake Oconee, Georgia. She passed away in November of 2009 with lung cancer. BJ loved people, golf, and travel. He traveled extensively in Europe travelling in England, Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Soule Korea, Tokyo Japan, Hawaii and Alaska. In his younger days, he enjoyed camping. He camped in every state of the lower forty-eight states except two states. After retirement, he moved to Lake Oconee, Georgia to the community of what was Port Armor, later to become Reynolds Landing, where he golfed and traveled. He is survived by his brother, Samuel Patton Clemence, wife Carolyn and their children, Daniel and Samantha and their son Patrick Clemence; stepchildren, Bonnie Marie Wilson, Dennis F. Wilson III, his wife DeeDee and Frank Wilson all of Atlanta, GA; step grandchildren, Heather Wilson, Dalton Wilson and Shelby Wilson; a number of cousins, other relatives and many, many friends. A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. David F. Ridenhour officiating. The service will be followed by a UGA Tailgate Toast and Roast, attire Red and Black, at the Historic Hall-Thomas house, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA. Please bring your favorite BJ story. The family requests any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Debbie DoorenBos
   Posted Thu October 11, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the family. BJ was one of a kind.

Mary Wood
   Posted Fri October 12, 2012
Our sympathy to all the family. We will miss BJ and all the good times we had together. We are greatful of all our happy memories. Mary & Woody

Wes Busby
   Posted Sat October 13, 2012
Had fun in Mississippi with ya BJ. I''ll miss ya to. Wes

W. P. (Pat) Scott
   Posted Sun October 14, 2012
I knew BJ for years at UGA where I retired in 1995. We used to meet often at the westside Dairy Queen in Athens for lunches on Fridays with many Phys ED friends. BJ kept us all in stitches during our luncheons with his stories of his Dawgs and Hawgs! He was always a very considerate, kind and courteous person who was liked by everyone. Rest well, old friend. I wish for you a wonderful welcome in Heaven and a set of brand new golf clubs that you can use to your advantage on Heaven's course! Pat Scott

russell kapheim
   Posted Tue October 16, 2012
ENJOYED KNOWING B.J.THESE LAST TEN YEARS WE PLAYED AT GREENE CO. AND UNCLE REMUS. WE WILL ALL MISS HIM THE SENIOR GOLFERS

Fred & Jenni Black
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
BJ was a great person. He was a friend to all who met him. He knew no strangers. We feel privileged to have known him during the past 7 years at Lake Oconee. Please accept our condolences.

Jane Scudder
   Posted Fri October 19, 2012
BJ was my volleyball and racquetball coach in the 80's at UGA. We developed a friendship and have exchanged Christmas Cards every year since I graduated. The last time I saw BJ he came by my house and spent a little time, meeting my daughters who then were toddlers, and sharing his warm and genuine way with us. I am deeply saddened that I cannot make the service, and the world will not be as bright without his sideways smile and twinkling eyes. My deepest sympathy to the family.

MCG Medical Associates
   Posted Fri October 19, 2012
We had the opportunity to participate in Mr BJ's medical care in the past. During that time, we all became very fond of him and loved him dearly. We will truly miss him, his smile, stories, and charismatic personality.

De Leggett
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
My condolences to the family and we'll miss BJ so much. He was always a joy to know.

Bonnie Marie Wilson
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
He was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed.

Charles Winslette
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
My major professor at the University of Georgia. Had no idea Doc had passed away. Always very nice to me and was my favorite of all the profs I had at UGA. I will certainly miss him. Such a great guy and friend to all. Cwinslette

Charles Winslette
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
What a great and loving guy. We will really miss Doc. He was one of a kind and a very special person to me and many others. Did not know Doc had passed away until someone told me recently.