Clarence Herman Whisler, Jr.

Clarence Herman Whisler, Jr., 95, of Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mt. Vernon, passed away Feb. 4, 2020 after a brief illness. Whisler was born Oct. 5, 1924 in Belzoni, Miss. to Clarence H. Whisler, Sr. and Sadye (Young) Whisler. He graduated from Silver City High School in 1942 and then enlisted in the U.S Army where he served between 1943 and 1945 and achieved the rank of corporal. He was captured in combat and was a prisoner of war before being liberated two months later. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Award, and the World War II Victory Medal. His war experience is described in his own words at The GI Bill afforded him the opportunity in 1946 to attend Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar where he met Mynatte Kennedy. They were married in 1948. Upon completing their associate degrees, they both went on to complete their undergraduate degrees at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. in 1949. He subsequently earned his master’s degree in administration at Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla.
His professional career was dedicated to secondary education, serving as high school English teacher and/or principal in Liberal, Shelbina and Carthage for a combined 34 years. He was a member of a first baptist church in each of those locations. He was active in mission trips to Mexico and was a recipient of the Life Service Award at Southwest Baptist University
He is survived by: son, Stephen (Barbara) Whisler; daughter, Mary (Russell) Layman, a half-sister, Ann Overby; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his wife of 68 years, Mynatte Whisler; brother, Roy Whisler; and a half-brother, Jack Carson.
A memorial service was held Feb. 8, 2020 at Knell Mortuary in Carthage, with a visitation prior to the service. A private inurement service followed. Memorials may be made to the Whisler Family Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements were under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.


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