Cletis D. Upshaw, son of Deward Alsup and Elaine Upshaw and the adopted son of H.A. and Clara Belle Upshaw, was born on March 10, 1929 in Douglas County, Missouri, and departed this life on November 17, 2008 at his home in Norwood, Missouri, at 79 years of age.
Cletis grew up in Douglas County, attended the Denlow School and later Mtn. Grove Schools, graduating from Mtn. Grove in 1947.
He was united in marriage to Zelda Heard in 1949. Two children, Teresa “Terri” and Mark, were born to this union.
Cletis served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on March 24, 1954.
He was known as a hard worker all his life. He worked on the family farm in Douglas County and later became employed with the United States Postal Service in 1958 in Norwood as a mail carrier and retired in 1999. Following his retirement he enjoyed going to local cafe and visiting with his many friends and spending time with his family.
Cletis was a kind father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him. His family and friends will miss his stories about the past and his vast knowledge of the Upshaw and Alsup families and history of Douglas County.
Besides his parents and adoptive parents, he was preceded in death his daughter, Terri Cole on November 4, 2005; two brothers, Barker Shannon and Dean Alsup; and one sister, Geraldine Roy.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Chris Upshaw of Norwood; one brother, Burton Alsup of the State of California; one sister, Pat (Alsup) Hardman of the State of California; three grandsons, Justin Cole of Cabool, Missouri, Nick Cole of Ebson, Kansas, and Luke Upshaw of Norwood, Missouri; four granddaughters, Amy Kembel of Jackson, Missouri, and Glenda Dawson, Marcie Upshaw, and Jamie Upshaw, all of Norwood; five great-grandsons, Dilyan Caudill, Corey Dawson, Rodney Dawson, Mason Page and Wyatt Bolfing; six great-granddaughters, Kelsey Caudill, Keayra Dawson, Cheyenne Parsons, Morgan Upshaw, Randilee Parsons and Patricia Jones; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 21, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in Union Grove/Caudle Free Will Baptist Church in Norwood with Rev. Dale Garrison officiating. The Kelly Family will provide music. Burial will be in Denlow Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.
The family requests that donations be given to Denlow Cemetery or Three Rivers Hospice in memory of Cletis in care of the funeral home.