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Lindsay Clement Yancey

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 14, 2017 @ 4:23 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 3 Comments

In Memorial

Clement Yancey, 94, died peacefully at his home on July 14, 2017. He was born on June 3, 1923 to William Thornton and Laura Clement Yancey in Oxford, North Carolina. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1939 and Mars Hill College in 1941. He then served in the United States Army as a Quartermaster Sergeant during World War II. After the war, he returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1947. He returned to Oxford after graduation, joined the family auto business, and met and married Mary Elizabeth Austin with whom he lived happily for nearly 60 years until her death in 2008. Clement was also predeceased by his parents, his brother William T. Yancey, Jr., and his sisters-in-law Ruth H. Yancey and Blanche S. Yancey.

Clement Yancey was a successful businessman who worked for over 67 years in partnership with his beloved brother “Moo” Yancey in the automobile business and in family property management until his death. He was also an active civic leader in the Oxford community. He served on the local board of directors for Oxford National Bank and on the local and state board of directors for Planters National Bank which would later become Centura Bank. He was a charter member of the Thorndale Country Club and served on its board of directors for many years including his years as club president. A longtime member of the Oxford Rotary, he served as president and as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the Oxford City Council for 12 years including his work as Mayor Pro Tem. He especially enjoyed his service on the Committee of 100, an economic development project for Oxford and Granville County.

A longtime member of Oxford Baptist Church, Clement was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon and a deacon chair. He worked on a variety of church committees, and when asked to serve on the Chowan University Board of Trustees, he completed several terms and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award when he retired from that board. In recent years, he has worshipped at the Oxford Presbyterian Church as a result of his special friendship with The Reverend Alan Koeneke who will officiate at Clement’s services.

Clement is survived by his son Dr. Lindsay Clement Yancey, Jr. (Debbie) of Winston Salem, his grandsons Dr. David Lindsay Yancey and Dr. Joel Benton Yancey (Kristen) both of Charlotte, and four great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Natalie, Caroline, and Connor Yancey. Also surviving are his brother Thornton H. “Moo” Yancey (Lynn), his nephews T. Gray Yancey (Cynthia), and William H. Yancey, and his niece Laura Yancey Miralia (Tom).

The family is especially grateful to his wonderful caretakers: Josephine Blackwell, Martha Hawkins, Etta Wilkerson, Lewis Cooper, and the late Edith Noel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church (121 Gilliam Street Oxford, NC 27565) or to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Clement Yancey will be held at the Oxford Presbyterian Church (121 Gilliam Street, Oxford, NC) at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. A private graveside service for the family will precede the church service.

The family will receive friends at the home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences for the family of “Lindsay Clement Yancey”

Condolence from Betty Jo Hamme on July 15th, 2017 7:04 pm

Joe and I extend to the family of Clement Yancey our sincere sympathy. He served his country and his community making life better for so many people and for that we are thankful. May he be at peace and his soul in the loving care of God. With loving sympathy to his family. This we sincerely pray. Betty Jo and Joe Hamme

Condolence from Mary Ellen Johnson Kinney on July 15th, 2017 10:26 pm

My condolences to the family. Mr. Yancey was an icon in Oxford and Granville County,who was loved and respected by many. Unfortunately,we are loosing many of those who worked and supported the improvements in our county,he has left some big shoes to be filled to carry on making Granville one of the best counties to live and work in. May he Rest In Peace,he was a good and faithful servant!

Condolence from Iris Tuck on August 15th, 2017 10:38 am

Hearing about the loss of Mr. Yancey has deeply saddened me. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will always remember him for his love of people and support he offered to all.

With you in sorrow,

Iris Tuck

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