Christopher Columbus 'CC' McLemore III

June 07, 2021

Christopher Columbus “CC” McLemore III was born November 15, 1928, near South Greenfield, Missouri. He was one of eight children and the only son of Christopher Columbus McLemore II and Katie Irene (Duffy) McLemore. He passed away peacefully from this life on Friday, June 04, 2021, at the age of 92 years.

CC was preceded in death by his parents and seven sisters. He was married to his best friend and wife for over 59 years, Deanna “Bunn” McLemore who preceded him in death on July 20, 2020. He is also survived by his children: Christopher Columbus “Chris” (Kelly) McLemore IV, Binnie McLemore – Lopez, Clark (Ginger) McLemore, and Mary McLemore. CC is also survived by his grandchildren: Kelsey (Tim Cleland) McLemore, Katie (Dan) Louiselle, Hayley McLemore, Hanna (Adam) Jones, Catherine McLemore–Lopez, and Hunter McLemore–Lopez. He is also survived by his great–grandchildren Allison, Ellie Mae, and Emma Jo.

CC spent his adult life working as the postmaster of South Greenfield, Missouri. He spent over 40 years as a permanent fixture in the post office on the square at South Greenfield. He was appointed by President John F. Kennedy and was a committed public servant until he retired.

CC had many interests in life. First and foremost was his wife and family, but he also loved his church, his country and Freemasonry. CC and Bunn were dedicated members of Emmanual Baptist Church in Greenfield, Missouri.

CC was a loyal American and joined the U.S. Navy after World War II and served his country until just prior to the beginning of the Korean War.

CC was also a very dedicated and loyal Freemason. He has assisted countless men at the start their masonic journey in Southwest Missouri. He has been a silent leader in Masonry and words cannot be expressed to describe the impacts that he has made on the life of Masons, not only in Dade County, but in the entire State of Missouri. CC was a member of many masonic bodies, but his passion was Blue Lodge Masonry and the Royal Arch Masons of the State of Missouri. CC served as the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Missouri in 2010 – 2011. After completing his term as Grand High Priest, he continued to serve Freemasonry until the end of his life.

A viewing was held at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Greenfield Funeral Chapel in Greenfield, Missouri, followed by graveside services at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Cemetery with Pastor Jamie Lasalle officiating. Masonic Services were performed at the Greenfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Lodge #87 A.F. & A.M. Online condolences may be shared at Services were under the care of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.