Funeral Mass held for Father Daniel Clements, who served in Nashville and Knoxville

Father Daniel A. Clements, 93, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Father Clements was born in North Braddock, Pa., to Daniel and Anna Fitzmaurice Clements on Dec. 12, 1919. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances McGrath, Ann Bennett, and Adele Naughton; and one brother, Richard Clements. He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Wakefield of Beaver, Pa., and Catherine Clements of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Father Clements was educated at schools in East Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended seminary at St. Francis in Loretto, Pa., and St. Mary’s in Baltimore. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nashville on May 1, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville.

He served at churches in Memphis, Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Gallatin, Nashville, Gatlinburg, Old Hickory, Loretto, Columbia and Springfield. He also served as chaplain for the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro. Though he retired in 1985, he continued his ministry to the homebound, to the residents of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute in Knoxville, and to the parishioners of Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with Bishop David R. Choby serving as principal celebrant. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Nashville. Contributions may be made to the Ladies of Charity in Nashville.

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