Superintendent Clarence Festus Scisney Jr., age 84, a pillar and cherished member of the Madisonville and Western Kentucky communities, passed away peacefully at 2:15 p.m. Saturday August 26, 2023 at Hillside Villa Care and Rehabilitation Center in Madisonville surrounded by loved ones.
Born June 6, 1939 a native of Madisonville, he was the beloved son of the late Clarence and Clara Scisney.
His legacy was built upon his Christian upbringing, values, of service, love, faith, and service to his family and community.
A man of many talents and passions, Clarence found joy as a farmer, a skilled fisherman, and a pitmaster extraordinaire, creating lasting memories with family and friends through family vacations, shared meals, and stories. But it was his deep-rooted spirituality that defined him most profoundly.
Guided by his unwavering faith, he served as the senior pastor of Jefferson Street Church of God in Christ in Cadiz, Kentucky, for two decades, while also serving 51 years as the pastor of Kincheloe Memorial Church of God in Christ in Princeton, Kentucky. His unwavering commitment to his congregation earned him the position of District Superintendent of the Eugene Marable Memorial District of Church of God in Christ.
Clarence's life was characterized by unwavering dedication, leaving a mark of excellence in all his endeavors. He served his community through his spiritual leadership and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He also worked and retired from the Ahlstrom Filtration after 27 years of service.
In the tapestry of his life, Clarence was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He now joins the heavenly realm preceded in death by his daughter Mary Marie Scisney, granddaughters Lisa Michelle Lott and Maishara Scisney-Givens, brothers Nathaniel Scisney and Harold Scisney, and sisters Margaret Tramill, Classie Mae Hopson, Lee Altheon Rorer, and Shirley Woolridge.
Clarence's memory will forever be cherished by his adoring wife of 62 years, Mary Kathryn Stum Scisney, and six children: Elizabeth Jones, Regina (Fred) Cooper, Kimberly (Hayward) Cheesebourough, Clarence Scisney III, Daundra (LyDon) Logan, and Michael (Jennifer) Scisney; his sister Vivian (Terry) Snorton; three brothers: Forrest Scisney, Frank (Fredia) Scisney and James (Kerri) Scisney.
His legacy also encompasses the love and wisdom he imparted to his thirteen grandchildren; Dynesha, Hayward, Mary, Sarah, Brandon Clarence (Kelsie) Cheesebourough; Stephen and De'Arlo Scisney; Michael, Elijah, and Maliyah Scisney; Frederick Cooper Jr.; Tonya Wilson; and Kennedy Logan.
His influence will also be felt through his four great-grandchildren: Stevey Grady, Malachi Scisney, Kyce Jones, and Malakai Clarence Cheesebourough.
Clarence's impact reaches far and wide, touching the lives of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of friends who found solace, guidance, and inspiration in his presence.
In the tapestry of life that Clarence Festus Scisney Jr. wove, his threads of faith, love, and dedication will forever remain, inspiring and guiding all those fortunate enough to know him. His impact will continue to inspire generations to come.
Clarence's life will be celebrated at 12:00 O'Clock p.m. central time Saturday September 2, 2023 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church located at 309 Graves Street in Madisonville.
Kentucky First Jurisdictional Bishop John W. Fleming will eulogize with Superintendent Marshall Chambers as officiant.
Burial will be in Westside Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville.
Visitation and wake services will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
The service will be live-streamed on Elliott-Bowles Mortuary Facebook Page beginning at 11:45 a.m. central time.
Elliott-Bowles Mortuary in Madisonville, KY. is in charge of his professional services and arrangements.
Condolences to the family can be shared at www.elliottmortuarycares.com.