Cletis Underwood
1926 - 2021
BORN
1926
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home - Springfield
437 South Grand Ave. West
Springfield, IL

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Cletis Underwood, 95, of Springfield, Ill., passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at his home.

He was born March 20, 1926, to Sam and Flossie Austin Underwood. He married Alice Opal Watkins on Aug. 9, 1957.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Freda Underwood Lynn.

Cletis received his bachelors and master's degrees at Arkansas State University and his advanced certificate from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.

He was a teacher for 41 years at various public schools throughout Illinois and was a professor at Lake Land College.

During his retirement years, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed genealogy and caring for his pet birds.

He was a member of the American Baptist churches, Sons of the American Revolution, Coles County Barbershop chorus and Masonic lodges.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; children, Eppie (Fred) Dietz and Bruce Underwood; three grandchildren, Jacob (Anne), Jared (Aleece) and Justine; three great-grandchildren, Gideon, Asher and Ada; and his niece, Emily Johnson.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a college of your choice.


Published by Jonesboro Sun on Dec. 2, 2021.
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I hoped to visit the family today, but I am just not sure that my health is good enough for me to be around others. I thought highly of Cletis and enjoyed all he has done for our S.A.R. chapter. I was blessed to have known Cletis.
George Tinkham
January 9, 2022
Cletis was an inspiration in our Sons of the American Revolution Chapter. His willingness to take on tasks and his fine work as recording secretary helped this Chapter run smoothly. His personality made our meetings pleasant to attend. Also, it was great having a member who just might have been old enough to remember the Revolution!
George Tinkham
January 9, 2022
Mr. Underwood was a fantastic instructor and a great guy! Christine M Grimm
Christine Grimm
Student
December 16, 2021
What a genuinely nice man! Every time I would speak to him he would flash his infectious smile! Be comforted by the fact that he is in the best place ever and when your days on Earth are done, you will meet again!!
John Hoffman
Neighbor
November 30, 2021
Mr Underwood was a teacher at my high school, York Community High School in Thomson, Il. which I attended from 1957 until graduating in 1961. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Mrs. Underwood ( who was also one of my teachers during those years) and and their family. My maiden name was Frances McCormick.
Frances Blount
Student
November 30, 2021
Heaven’s gain is our loss with the passing of Cletis Wayne Underwood✝ He was one of the kindest people I have ever known!
Norma & Jay Simpson
Family
November 30, 2021
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