James "Kemo" Lee McClendon

September 06, 1967 - October 30, 2019

James McClendon

James “Kemo” Lee McClendon, 52, of Fannett, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He was born on September 6, 1967, in Norman, Oklahoma, to Betty Lou Burrows and Bobby Joe McClendon. He was a sales representative in the industrial valve and fitting industry, working for Sunbelt Supply.

Kemo enjoyed Hamshire-Fannett football, he never missed a game in or out of town since he graduated from high school. He enjoyed his yard work; he was known as “the grass king”. Kemo liked to travel and woodwork. He was always the life of the party, and he was a never-ending jokester. Kemo enjoyed family gatherings, but most of all he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Monica McClendon; daughter, Erin Leigh McClendon; sons, Hayden Mitchell McClendon and Logan Ross McClendon; and sister, Carrie Sanders and her husband, Jon, all of Fannett; brothers, Gary “Scooter” McClendon and his wife, Charlotte, of Arlington and Joe Pat McClendon and his wife, Crispen, of Hemphill; sister, Barbara Kintner and her husband, Carl, of Fannett; numerous nieces and nephews; mother and father-in-law, Joyce and Jacob Cialona; and brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Robbi LeLeaux, all of Fannett.

Kemo is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Bobby McClendon.

A gathering of Mr. McClendon’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2019, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamshire-Fannett Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 237, Hamshire, Texas 77622 or to Gulf Coast Pony League, c/o Stephen Kash, 525 5th Street, Winnie, Texas 77665.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Sunday, November 03, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Monday, November 04, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Memory Gardens Cemetery - Nederland
3098 Highway 69 North Nederland, TX 77627

Comments (8)

  • Gerald Perez (Jerry)

    21 November 2019 at 20:45 | #

    I spent many of years ordering material from James. Prayers to his family and friends.


  • Aime and Doug Winckler

    05 November 2019 at 00:02 | #

    So sorry for your loss Monica. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Doug and Aime


  • LaMario Ricks

    04 November 2019 at 14:07 | #

    My deepest condolences to the family of James McClendon


  • Teresa Grant

    03 November 2019 at 23:36 | #

    Although I hadn't seen him in a while, I will always remember his jolly spirit and how he used to make us laugh so hard. Kemo you will be missed dearly. Tommy and I send our most sincere condolences to the family.


  • Evelyn Glenn Simmons

    02 November 2019 at 21:00 | #

    I remember Kemo staying with us on cedar Street back in the day ,. He always had a smile on his face and always had the ability to make us laugh.. I remember my sweet mommy being particularly happy that he got to stay with us that summer... He was always a joy to be around... I remember us joking around saying that we were both 67 models... My deepest condolences to the entire family ... Heaven received a great man, a really great man !! He will be truly missed.. love you forever plus infinity Kemo !!! Until we meet again, fly high buddy !


  • Charles and Kathy Nagle

    02 November 2019 at 15:47 | #

    We have known Kemo since a little boy. We have watched him grown into a fine young man. It was so obvious to see the love he had for Monica and his kids and the rest of his family. and friends. He was always smiling and always stopped to speak to you wherever he saw you.
    Kemo will be missed by a lot of people.. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the family. Cherish the memories.
    May God give you peace and comfort as you go through this.
    Charles & Kathy Nagle


  • Chris and Allison Byrd and Family

    02 November 2019 at 15:28 | #

    Spent many years with Kemo and his family involved in Little League and Pony Baseball. Great man who loved being there for his family, friends and the kids of this community. He will be greatly missed.


  • Pam & Robbie Walker

    02 November 2019 at 14:54 | #

    Monica and family - Robbie and I are thinking of you and want to share our condolences. We remember having so much fun with you and James. With love Pam & Robbie


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