Clester C. Ivory “Sonny Boy”
Clester C. Ivory 88 ,passed away June 9, 2021 in his home in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was born on December 29, 1932 in Texarkana, Texas to Zula and Calvin Ivory. He attended Dunbar School in Texarkana, Texas.
Clee moved with his family to Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 17. He attended R.T. Cole School.
Clee worked at the Toy Factory and later began to work for General Motors from October 1967 and retired in 1985.
He was a longtime member of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Joseph Clark and now under the leadership of Pastor Richard Clark.
Clee married Saundra G. Ivory in 1967. They were married 48 years at the time of her passing in 2015. He was known for being a sharp dresser from his hats down to his shoes and always had well manicured nails in between. His passion was watching basketball. If basketball was on television that’s where you would find him. He was a favorite fixture at each and every family gathering from holiday dinners, picnics, weddings and funerals. Clee and Saundra would always arrive totting Tupperware containers with cakes and food that family was highly anticipating. He was the life of the conversation.
Clee loved spending time with family and his Friday breakfasts with his brother, Dennis, sister Faye, over the hill gang and his nieces and nephews. The family affectionately called him “Sonny Boy”. He loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Zula Ivory, wife, Saundra, stepson, Darrell Guest, siblings, Zora Lee Scott, Prentis Britt, James Bush; nephews, Everett Scott and Raymond Jackson; nieces, Sarah Newton and Amanda Scott.
He will be sadly missed by his sister, Faye D. Grier (Marvin); his brother, Dennis E. Jackson (Rosie), along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held Friday, June 18, 2021, 11:00am at Watkins Heritage Chapel. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am-11am at the chapel. Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.
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