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William James "Jim" Clees

February 9, 1935 — April 27, 2023

James Island, SC

William James "Jim" Clees

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William James “Jim” Clees of James Island, SC died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

Jim was born in McKeesport, PA on February 9, 1935 to the late Lillian and William Clees.

Jim attended and graduated from McKeesport High School, Grove City College, Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh with various degrees including a doctorate. He met his wife, Elsie, at Grove City College and married her on June 14, 1958 at Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church.

After graduating from Grove City College, Jim served for four years in the Army National Guard. He began working as a high school teacher in Monroeville, PA. He furthered his career as an assistant principal of Gateway Middle School in Monroeville, PA. After moving to Charleston in 1970, he taught in the School of Education at The Citadel.

Jim enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Beulah Presbyterian Church, Harbor View Presbyterian Church and James Island Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. Jim loved traveling and spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  Most people will remember Jim for his kind smile, kind spirit, love of history and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Wolfrum) Clees of 65 years, two children, Richard Clees and Cristie Mitchum (Scott), both of James Island, SC, two grandchildren, Brooke Mitchum and Andrew Mitchum.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 10:00 am at James Island Presbyterian Church, 1632 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412. Burial will follow the funeral service at Holy Cross Cemetery, 604 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412.

Donations can be made to a church or charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412. 843-614-8494.

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Past Services

Visitation

Monday, May 1, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

James Island Chapel McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation

347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

James Island Presbyterian Church

1632 Ft. Johnson Road, James Island, SC 29412

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Burial

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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