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Date published: 8/25/2014

Dr. Thomas Clement

Thomas Wayne Clement was born on the fourth of November, 1947, in Brockton, Mass., to Carl and Frances Clement.

He grew up in Camden, Maine, where he busied himself with school, baseball and the numerous jobs he did around the community. Baseball, however, was his love and he excelled--earning a spot in spring training with the professional league. While in preparations, a higher calling was required of him: the Vietnam War.

Tom joined the United States Navy in November 1966. Upon completion of basic training and his specialty as an engineer, he entered the war zone in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. He was an engineer on the Mobile Riverine Force River Assault Squad 15. Proudly, he served his comrades, even while taking extensive wounds himself. He was awarded the Bronze Star with a Combat V for Valor, and was a two-time Purple Heart recipient. He continued his life of service in the USN, serving in both the European and Asian theaters, only retiring after serving the country for 30 years.

Tom did not stop there--he went on in a life of service, working as an associate pastor after receiving the call from God. At that time, he decided to enter theological seminary. Never doing things lightly, he continued in his education until he received his doctorate in theological studies. At this time, he began his own venture in service and founded Liberty Baptist Church, Stafford.

Tom was called home by his Lord on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, after living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), most commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He championed the cause, and stayed a light to the ALS community, his physicians and the numerous health care workers he came in contact with. He always thought of others, even though others worked to help serve him.

Thomas Wayne Clement leaves a long legacy of service behind. He is survived by his wife, Hye Kyong Clement, who he was married to for 43 years; son Keith Clement (Vanessa); daughters Collin Burkott (Lt. Col. Michael Burkott) and Calista Jones (Sidney); brothers Phil Clement and Bill Clement (Julie); sisters Sybil Wentworth (Jody) and Shirley Shannon (Walter); and six grandchildren, Anthony Clement (Kimberlee), Justin Burkott, Dakota Whitson, Bella Clement, Thomas Burkott and Sophia Clement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Frances Clement; and son-in-law Bryan Whitson Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 655 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554; or to the ALS Association, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.