OBITUARY: William ‘Bill’ Pinky Clardy

William "Bill" Pinky Clardy

Mr. William “Bill” Pinky Clardy, age 79, husband of Sue Clardy, and a resident of Columbia, passed away Tuesday evening, February 8, 2022, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home with Randy McNeece officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy. A visitation will also be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Maury Memorial Gardens at a later date. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Born on August 12, 1942, in Unionville, Tennessee, Bill was the son of the late James Clardy and the late Lucille Smith Clardy.

He was a 1960 graduate of Community High School in Unionville and earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1960 – 1964 where he was stationed on the USS Hancock.

Bill married Carolyn Sue Neese on June 15, 1967, and together they had two children. He was the regional director for probation and parole for the Department of Corrections where he worked for forty years before retiring in 2005. Bill was very active in the Kiwanis Club in Columbia for many years and was an avid University of Tennessee fan. Before he became ill, he loved going line dancing in Water Valley every Monday night. Bill was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jeff (Amber) Clardy of Culleoka, brother, Jerry (Reneé) Clardy Shelbyville, sister, Sylvia Wilkins of Shelbyville, son in law, David Lentz, sister in law, Mary Ruth Halmontaller, brother in law, Joe Tom Neese, grandchildren, Jeremy (Heather) Dyer, Matthew (Hali) Lentz, Madison Lentz, Tucker Knight, Landon Bardwell, Logan Bardwell, Tensley Clardy, great-grandchildren, Ethan Lentz, Jason Lentz, Damian Lentz, and beloved cat, Clovis.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole Clardy Knight on December 13, 2019, and brothers-in-law, Gary Neese and Robert Wilkins.

The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Pam Lockhart and the staff of Hospice Compassus for their care and compassion for Bill during this difficult time.

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