Clair Joyner Telford
July 13, 1954 -
February 1, 2013

Visitation

February 8, 2013
5-8 PM

Service 

February 9, 2013
2 PM

Interment

Obituary

Memorial service for Mr. Clair Joyner Telford, age 58 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Saturday February 9th at 2:00 PM at Higgins Funeral Home with Elk’s Lodge 1792 officiating. Mr. Telford passed away Friday morning at Lincoln Medical Center.

He was born in Germany while his father was in the military service there and he settled in Clarksville, TN after military service. Mr. Telford was an educator, member of the Elks Lodge 1792 and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife Terrie Crouch Telford of Fayetteville, two sons Joyner and Wyatt Telford both of Fayetteville, brother Jim Telford of Salt Lake, Utah and sister-in-law Nancy Telford and a niece Katherine Telford of Clarksville.

He was preceded in death by his parents John Chamberlain and Dorothy Margaret Gannaway Telford and a brother John Telford.

Visitation with the family will be Friday evening 5-8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

The visitation with the family on Saturday will be from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Video Services

21 Comments

  1. Linda F. Williams

    Terrie, Clair will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was certainly a great guy and added so much to LCHS.

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    I was not in town over the weekend and was unable to attend the funeral, but I was thinking of you.

    Love
    Linda

    Reply
  2. Misty Mullins

    I will always treasure the two years that I was a student of Mr. Telford. He was a wonderful tour guide on the class trip to Germany. You all will be in my and my families prayers.

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  3. Kenny Newton

    I was lucky enough to see him on 01/29/2013. He had question after question about me and my family and not the first complaint or negative comment! Amazing action from an amazing man. I’m a better man for having known him. I would like to thank the family for sharing him with me.

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  4. Jimmy Buchanan

    Dear Terrie,

    I have such fond memories of Clair as our paths crossed teaching. He was a very special person and I know he will be greatly missed by both family and friends.

    May God Bless and Comfort you during this very difficult time.

    Reply
  5. Andi Birdsong

    Clair was and remains a great inspiration to me. He always exemplified what I aspire to accomplish as a teacher and a human.
    Terrie, we love you and we stand at the ready for anything you may need. Joyner and Wyatt, the same goes for you.

    I don’t have words that are passionate enough, sublime enough, or that are capable of appropriately representing the sadness I feel for losing Clair. I know only this, that I take great joy in celebrating the life and the man I am so privileged to have known.

    Reply
  6. Renée Lopez

    Mr. Telford had a big impact on me. I took German from him in 1982 & 1983. There are still phrases that he used in class that I say now from time to time. If it weren’t for him, I probably never would have gotten an opportunity to visit Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He will be greatly missed and I am so very sorry for this beautiful family’s loss.

    Reply
  7. Nancy Denison

    Teri,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad to have known him. I wish you peace. There is much love for you here.

    Reply
  8. Carmen Pirtle Breedlove

    I am sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers. Mr Telford was one of my favorite teacher in high school. I had him for 3 straight years at Lincoln County High School. He will be missed!

    Reply
  9. Robert Lamb

    A good man and a fine teacher. He’ll be missed.

    Reply
  10. Diane F. Buchanan

    I was so sorry to hear of Clair’s passing. I worked with Clair for many years as a substitute teacher and he became one of my good friends. He was always so pleasant to talk to and was always so proud of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this sad time in your lives.

    Reply
  11. Lionel Bliss

    Elkdom lost another great Elk and friend…Past State President Clair Telford passed away this morning…May the chimes of 11 be with him always…Rest in peace my friend you will be truly missed…

    Reply
  12. Christi Thompson

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Clair Telford….he was one of the kindest, most inspiring teachers I had the honor of knowing. May God comfort you all at this sad time.

    Reply
  13. Frances Brown

    Dear Terrie and Family:

    My thoughts are with all of you. I only just heard the news from another classmate from Clarksville High School. Clair was one of the shining stars of theatre class. He had an unending sense of humor and was was often the master mind behind whatever schemes our group would come up with. I feel certain you all know this part of him.I shall remember him with a grin on my face. Bless all of you.

    Reply
  14. KRIS & Stacey Hagy

    May he rest in Peace
    sorry for your loss may god take him under his wing

    Reply
  15. Ray and Diane Simmons

    Clair will be missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend from Gimlet Creek. Always smiling and in such a good mood is how we will remember him. Our prayers go out to his wonderful family that he was so very proud of. Terrie we will always be here for you and the children if you need anything at all.

    Reply
  16. Danny and Amy Lowe

    Terry, Joyner, Wyatt,

    We thoroughly enjoyed working with your beloved husband/father for the past 14 years. He was truly ONE of a kind and will be missed by many. Hoping you can find peace during this extremely difficult time. Remember, you are not alone.

    Reply
  17. Ashley Thompson Williams

    Mr. Telford was my German teacher at Lincoln County High. I was a student of his in 2003 and 2004. I really enjoyed his class and he was a very nice man. He will be missed by me and all his students. His family will be kept in my prayers and his memory in my heart.

    Reply
  18. Beth McAlister Smith

    Clair taught at Central High when I attended there. I saw him recently at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville where he was receiving treatment as I am currently also. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Reply
  19. Vera Heldreth FitzPatrick

    I just heard of Clair’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Clair was such a nice guy in school. I had gone to school with Clair and sad to say lost contact with him. Just know he is in heaven now smiling down upon his sweet family. RIP Clair.

    Reply
  20. Susan Thompson

    Dear Terrie, Joyner and Wyatt…My heart goes out to you during this sorrowful time. I loved Clair and have such fond memories of our trip to Tunica…we will surely miss him! Fondly,
    Susan

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  21. Sue Cary

    Dear Terry, Joyner,Wyatt and family,

    I was blessed to have Clair as my good friend for 35 plus years. During those years we shared many happy times together. I will forever cherish the memories. Clair will continue to live in our hearts always. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God hold you in His tender embrace now and in the days ahead. Clair will truly be missed and always loved.

    In Loving Memory 2 Timothy 4:17

    I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

    My love to you all,
    Sue

    Reply

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21 Comments

  1. Linda F. Williams

    Terrie, Clair will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was certainly a great guy and added so much to LCHS.

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    I was not in town over the weekend and was unable to attend the funeral, but I was thinking of you.

    Love
    Linda

    Reply
  2. Misty Mullins

    I will always treasure the two years that I was a student of Mr. Telford. He was a wonderful tour guide on the class trip to Germany. You all will be in my and my families prayers.

    Reply
  3. Kenny Newton

    I was lucky enough to see him on 01/29/2013. He had question after question about me and my family and not the first complaint or negative comment! Amazing action from an amazing man. I’m a better man for having known him. I would like to thank the family for sharing him with me.

    Reply
  4. Jimmy Buchanan

    Dear Terrie,

    I have such fond memories of Clair as our paths crossed teaching. He was a very special person and I know he will be greatly missed by both family and friends.

    May God Bless and Comfort you during this very difficult time.

    Reply
  5. Andi Birdsong

    Clair was and remains a great inspiration to me. He always exemplified what I aspire to accomplish as a teacher and a human.
    Terrie, we love you and we stand at the ready for anything you may need. Joyner and Wyatt, the same goes for you.

    I don’t have words that are passionate enough, sublime enough, or that are capable of appropriately representing the sadness I feel for losing Clair. I know only this, that I take great joy in celebrating the life and the man I am so privileged to have known.

    Reply
  6. Renée Lopez

    Mr. Telford had a big impact on me. I took German from him in 1982 & 1983. There are still phrases that he used in class that I say now from time to time. If it weren’t for him, I probably never would have gotten an opportunity to visit Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He will be greatly missed and I am so very sorry for this beautiful family’s loss.

    Reply
  7. Nancy Denison

    Teri,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad to have known him. I wish you peace. There is much love for you here.

    Reply
  8. Carmen Pirtle Breedlove

    I am sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers. Mr Telford was one of my favorite teacher in high school. I had him for 3 straight years at Lincoln County High School. He will be missed!

    Reply
  9. Robert Lamb

    A good man and a fine teacher. He’ll be missed.

    Reply
  10. Diane F. Buchanan

    I was so sorry to hear of Clair’s passing. I worked with Clair for many years as a substitute teacher and he became one of my good friends. He was always so pleasant to talk to and was always so proud of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this sad time in your lives.

    Reply
  11. Lionel Bliss

    Elkdom lost another great Elk and friend…Past State President Clair Telford passed away this morning…May the chimes of 11 be with him always…Rest in peace my friend you will be truly missed…

    Reply
  12. Christi Thompson

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Clair Telford….he was one of the kindest, most inspiring teachers I had the honor of knowing. May God comfort you all at this sad time.

    Reply
  13. Frances Brown

    Dear Terrie and Family:

    My thoughts are with all of you. I only just heard the news from another classmate from Clarksville High School. Clair was one of the shining stars of theatre class. He had an unending sense of humor and was was often the master mind behind whatever schemes our group would come up with. I feel certain you all know this part of him.I shall remember him with a grin on my face. Bless all of you.

    Reply
  14. KRIS & Stacey Hagy

    May he rest in Peace
    sorry for your loss may god take him under his wing

    Reply
  15. Ray and Diane Simmons

    Clair will be missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend from Gimlet Creek. Always smiling and in such a good mood is how we will remember him. Our prayers go out to his wonderful family that he was so very proud of. Terrie we will always be here for you and the children if you need anything at all.

    Reply
  16. Danny and Amy Lowe

    Terry, Joyner, Wyatt,

    We thoroughly enjoyed working with your beloved husband/father for the past 14 years. He was truly ONE of a kind and will be missed by many. Hoping you can find peace during this extremely difficult time. Remember, you are not alone.

    Reply
  17. Ashley Thompson Williams

    Mr. Telford was my German teacher at Lincoln County High. I was a student of his in 2003 and 2004. I really enjoyed his class and he was a very nice man. He will be missed by me and all his students. His family will be kept in my prayers and his memory in my heart.

    Reply
  18. Beth McAlister Smith

    Clair taught at Central High when I attended there. I saw him recently at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville where he was receiving treatment as I am currently also. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Reply
  19. Vera Heldreth FitzPatrick

    I just heard of Clair’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Clair was such a nice guy in school. I had gone to school with Clair and sad to say lost contact with him. Just know he is in heaven now smiling down upon his sweet family. RIP Clair.

    Reply
  20. Susan Thompson

    Dear Terrie, Joyner and Wyatt…My heart goes out to you during this sorrowful time. I loved Clair and have such fond memories of our trip to Tunica…we will surely miss him! Fondly,
    Susan

    Reply
  21. Sue Cary

    Dear Terry, Joyner,Wyatt and family,

    I was blessed to have Clair as my good friend for 35 plus years. During those years we shared many happy times together. I will forever cherish the memories. Clair will continue to live in our hearts always. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God hold you in His tender embrace now and in the days ahead. Clair will truly be missed and always loved.

    In Loving Memory 2 Timothy 4:17

    I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

    My love to you all,
    Sue

    Reply

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