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Obituaries for January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Walter Aaron Clevenger, 85 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Jackson-Madison County General in Jackson, Tennessee.

Born Monday, October 17, 1927 in Elwood, Indiana. He was the son of the late Walter Aaron Clevenger, Sr. and the late Ethel Ester Laster Clevenger.

Mr. Clevenger was a US Army Veteran where he served in the medical corps and a retired crane operator for LTV Steel.

Mr. Clevenger was featured in an article in the State Gazette on January 28, 2002. Mr. Clevenger was known to Dyersburg residents as the bicycle man or Mr. Tom. "I think people should practice random acts of kindness just to make the world a better place," he said one day while drinking coffee at one of the several Dyersburg restaurants he would visit most days. He tried to spread his positive view of life where he would go. He made no secret of his faith in Jesus Christ. While in Dyersburg Mr. Clevenger was a very active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Clevenger's religious activities went beyond his own congregation. He seemed to have a bond with children and adolescents. He would tell children, "If you made bad decisions, there are unpleasant consequences, and if you make good decisions there are pleasant consequences."

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

He is survived by one son, Tim Clevenger and wife Kine of Norway; two, daughters, Yvonne Hutcherson and her husband Bruce of Conyers, Georgia and April Boyer and her husband Jeff of Ashland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Meredith Boyer of Ashland, Ohio, Eric Boyer of Ashland, Ohio, Jace Culver of Georgia formerly of Newbern, Tennessee, Ashley Culver Melton of Trimble, Tennessee, Spencer Clevenger of Norway formerly of Newbern, Tennessee and Harrison Clevenger of Newbern, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Clevenger; three brothers, Norman Clevenger, Gene Persley and Luther Persley, and three sisters, Joyce Price, Mildred Wilson and Lucille Henchaw.

Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Walter Aaron Clevenger.