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“I had the privilege some 20 years ago to work with Cotton on his radio show on KURM. He was not just an expert on horsey stuff, but an overall great...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Jerome Grotts - Perdido Key, FL

“thanks for all the horse memories. ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: pam&gene dickey& lena burns

“He will be missed and he is in some great company with great friends! ”
3 of 32 | Posted by: Alisha Fleshman - Columbus, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Beth. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Jim and Brenda McCamey - AR

“There was only one Cotton! I will never forget his laugh or the encouragement he gave to all of us at the barrel races. Loved seeing his big smile at...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Beth Harris Klaus - Mounds, OK

“I worked with Cotton in the salebarns at Decatur and Siloam Springs back in the day. Was a joy to work with and loved the reins he made. Got us to...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Angela Walker - Gravette, AR

“With deepest sympathy ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Robert Donna Wilson - AR - Friend

“The Parade in Springdale will never be the same! He left his mark & it was a good one! ”

“Cotton was a "daddy" to all of us who knew him and he was always happy. He loved all of us growing up, encouraged us, yelled at us and when asked you...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Nichole Chambless - Bentonville, AR

“You will be greatly missed, until we all meet again til we can ride together again. ”
10 of 32 | Posted by: Terry Flowers "OMA" - Alpena, AR

“Beth, Carrie, and family- we are so very sorry for your loss and pray that God will comfort you and give you peace during this most sorrowful time....Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Skip and Mary Lynn Emmett - AR

“Beth,my prayers go out to you and your family. Cotton was such a great friend to all who knew him.I always enjoyed his great sense of humor and will...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Kelly and Alicia Russell - Lowell, AR

“Beth and Carri, I looked up to Cotton in many ways. He was a great guy. He was funny, outgoing,and just fun to be around. I met him for the first...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Scott Graddy - Harrison, AR

“Beth, Carri & Family: I am so sorry for the loss of Cotton. He was loved by everybody, and anyone who ever heard him yell "Get outta the PEN!" will...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Ellen Ferguson - Fayetteville, AR

“Sorry to hear of Cotton's passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Joe and Virginia ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Joe and Virginia Simco - AR

“What a joy Cotton was to know.I will never forget that wonderful laugh. We all have such wonderful memories of him at the Bentonville Sale Barn Cafe...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Pat Stanfield - Bentonville, AR

“Our thoughts and prayers to the Clem family. ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Dan & Judy Castor - Jackson, WY

“So sorry to hear of your loss. May God give the family and loved ones comfort and strength during this time. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: Roger and Judy Autry Lee

“So sorry to hear of Cotton's passing. We have many memories of great times at the NWA Stock Horse Assn. shows. Our thoughts and prayers will be...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Lew & Janice Skelton - Rogers, AR

“Cotton will be missed. In our previous years as working together I have a lot of fond memories being with Cotton. He dearly loved his friends and...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Dwain & Casey Rigsbee - Friends

“Going to miss him at class luncheons. Our thoughts are with each of you. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Galen & Wilma Black - Booneville, AR

“Beth, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I know that Dad was waiting at the gate of the big arena in the sky to welcome his...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Don McCollough

“When I moved to the area in 1989,I heard about the Wagon Train. Eldon Walker gave me Cotton's phone number cause Cotton knew all about it. The rest...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Beth "B" Gierman - Green Forest, AR

“36 years of friendship/horsemanship/junior rodeos/rein braiding ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Sonny & Kathy Parker - FRIEND

“Our gracious and heavenly Father, we pause in the midst of this festive occasion, mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that you have given us. As...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Fred, Janice Stamps - Highfill, AR

“May the roads rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields And,...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Dale Davenport - Ft. Smith, AR

“My prayers are with you and the family. Sorry for your loss. My god bless you all. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Gene gardner - Hindsville, AR

“Mary Beth, just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Cotton was a very special guy and will be greatly...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Linda & Speedy Williams - AR

“Beth, Carrie, & family, The world has lost a special person. I am so glad that our paths crossed many years ago. He always made me laugh. He will...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Donna Easley - Springdale, AR

“I spent quite a few Friday nights in the announcers stand at Oak Grove Riding Club Play Days at Cotton's side. I didn't know anything about horses.....Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Cindy and Keith Loewer - AR

“Cotton never met a stranger. Although some of his acquaintances were stranger than the law might allow, us included, he will be missed! Our love to...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Karen & Rodney Nichols - Friend

“There are too many to count - but my favorites are riding the car hood behind the yellow truck in the snow, Cari Lu in the bathtub and the...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Parker - Vinita, OK

Bob Carl "Cotton" Clem, 80 of Fayetteville, died February 12, 2013 at his home. He was born June 25, 1932 in Woolum, Arkansas to Norvel and Trudy Nichols Clem.

Cotton was a state livestock inspector. He was a member of Robinson Avenue Church of Christ. He served the United States Navy in the Korean Conflict. He was involved Rodeo of the Ozarks and Ozark Junior Rodeo in Harmon and Tontitown, 4 H, the Springdale Riding Club and the Northwest Arkansas Horse Show Association. He was a founding member of the John Shaddox Wagon Train.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Vanis Clem and two sisters, Deree Cook and Rosie Ferguson.

Survivors include his wife Mary Beth Clem of the home; one daughter, Carri Scott and husband Jason of Fayetteville; one sister, Jeannie Ritter of Maysville; two grandchildren, Ashley Scott and Whitney Scott.

Graveside services will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville with Harry Fitzgerald officiating.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7pm at Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale.

Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

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705 W Meadow Ave Springdale, AR 72764
Tel. (479) 751-4577