Feb. 11, 1932 – Feb. 16, 2021

Funeral services for Mr. James “Clem” Steele, 89, of Smithdale were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Middleton Creek Primative Baptist Church in Franklin County with the Rev. Thomas Griffin and the Rev. Marvin Howard officiating.

Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.

Mr. Steele was born to Goley and Julia Steele on Feb. 11, 1932, in Franklin County. He was a member of Middleton Creek Primative Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He served as an Army medic in New Orleans, and worked for International Paper Co., and was known for his gardening, restoring old tractors, hunting deer and running a community grist mill.

He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Aston Court in McComb after a lengthy illness.

Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb was in charge of arrangements.

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