James F. Clopton

James F. Clopton - Submitted photo

James Fredrick Clopton, age 87, of Hot Springs, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1935, in Chetopa, Kan., the son of James Harold Clopton and Ruth Dorothy Grien Clopton. On May 8, 1964, he married the love of his life, Mona, who preceded him in death on May 1, 2022. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

James graduated from Kemper Military School, the University of Kansas and an honor graduate of NCO Academy in Germany. He was a rank lieutenant, platoon leader in the United States Army and a veteran. He worked 39 years as an agent for State Farm Insurance for most of his working life, was a cashier teller for Oaklawn Jockey Club and owned and ran Guinn Oil Company in Chetopa, Kan. He was a member of the Freemasons and the Shriners. James loved betting on the horse races, quail hunting and being on the Neosho, Noel and Buffalo rivers catfishing and floating. His favorite place was the Roaring River, where he would trout fish, and camping with his family and friends, making him the happiest. He loved watching old black and white movies, all sports and coached baseball. He owned a Corvette that he loved dearly. His greatest love of all was his family and he was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Clopton and Ryan Clopton and spouse, Kim; two daughters, Lisa Clopton and Anna Clopton; nine grandchildren, Daniel, Matt, Aaron, Jamie, Sarah, Ashley, Billy, Amanda and Josh; 21 great-grandchildren; extended family and a host of wonderful friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home, Hot Springs.

Guest registry at http://www.smithfamilycares.com.