November 6, 1924 - January 19, 2015
B.H. (Bill) Clampett passed away January 19, 2015 after a short illness. Bill was born November 6, 1924 in Mayfield, Kentucky. His parents were Charles Wickliffe and Jency Higgins Clampett.
He is survived by his children, Stephen and Cynthia Clampett of Farmers Branch, Texas, Laura Clampett of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Charles Clampett of Saint. Louis, Mo., and Robert and Kathy Clampett of Carrollton, Texas. He is also survived by five special grandchildren and two exceptional great grandsons.
Bill is preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Sue Mitchell, his parents, and his loving wife Martha.
Bill graduated from Mayfield High School in 1942 and entered military service in 1943. He was serving with the 99th Infantry Division (one of the few divisions holding the Ardennes Sector) when the Battle of the Bulge began in December 1944. He was wounded during the battle while his division held the ‘northern shoulder’ at Elsenborn Ridge . After the war ended in Europe, Bill served with the European Civil Affairs Division until his discharge in March, 1946. Bill was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Purple Heart, and several campaign stars.
Bill graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1950 and began practicing immediately in Springfield, Missouri with Judge A.P. Stone, Jr. From 1954 until his retirement in 1994, Bill practiced law with the firm known at the time as Daniel, Clampett, Lilley, Dalton, Powell, and Cunningham. Bill handled many appellate cases, both in the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Bill was known as a “lawyer’s lawyer”, and was considered one of the best appellate lawyers in the state of Missouri. He was President of the Greene County Bar Association in 1960 and later served as a Trustee of the Missouri Bar.
Bill married Martha McAlister, also of Mayfield, Kentucky on November 27, 1948, and they moved to Saint Louis, Missouri while Bill finished his law degree. After moving to Springfield, where Bill and Martha spent 53 wonderful years together, Bill was active in many organizations, serving on the Board of Twin Oaks Country Club and the Administrative Board of King’s Way United Methodist Church. In 2003, Bill and Martha moved to Texas where Bill has been an active member of Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church.
Memorial Services will be Friday, January 23, at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75220-3999 at 3:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (www.vbob.org), PO Box 27430, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
Bill will always be remembered for his service to his country, generous nature, quick wit, and love of his family. His other passions included golf, baseball, military history, and collecting antiques. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
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