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Joseph Brent Clontz, 64, a life-long resident of Mount Vernon Kentucky passed peacefully from this life on February 17, 2023. Joe was born September 13, 1958, to his parents, the late Carl Ray Clontz and Geraldine Noe Clontz.
Those left to celebrate his life are his wife, Linda Whitehead Clontz “Blondie” who was the love of his life his two Sons and their wives, Brent and Colleen Clontz of Taylorsville and Bryan and Kaitlyn Clontz of Mount Vernon. He was blessed with a grandson, Boston, and a granddaughter Sadie Jo. He is survived by a sister, Carla Parsons and Lynn of Mount Vernon and two brothers, John Clontz and Sheila of Florida and Jim Clontz and Tammy of Mount Vernon, his mother-in-law, Frances Whitehead of Brodhead, a sister-in-law, Cindy Burton and Terry of Brodhead, three brothers-in-law, David Whitehead and Sherry of Brodhead, Gordon Whitehead and Stephanie of Georgia and Michael Whitehead and Necie of Brodhead as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father-in-law Dwight Whitehead and a brother-in-law, Tim Whitehead.
Joe was a member of the Brodhead Baptist Church. He attended Centre College and Eastern Kentucky University where he earned degrees in Economics and Accounting. He was a member of the Deke Fraternity at Centre. He served as a board member for both the Elmwood Cemetery and the Hall of Fame and was the Rockcastle County Fiscal Court Treasurer for 30 years. He earned his professional Certification of Public Accounting in 1987 and opened his tax business, Joseph Clontz, CPA in 1990. He devoted his professional career as a CPA to his community and was passionate about his clients and his work.
The name Joseph means “he will add” and our Joseph, Joe Clontz lived up to his name in many ways. “He will add” suited his accounting profession and more importantly, instead of just clients he added many close friends and relationships including his work-wife, Regina Goff. When customers came to the office, he often spent more time visiting and exchanging stories than working.
Joe collected friends and cherished relationships in all areas and interests of his life which included golfing, UK sports, horse-racing, hunting and farming. The “brotherhood” extended far beyond his Clontz Brothers. Trips to the beach with family, Golf at Cedar Rapids and trips to Groundhog, fishing trips and Keeneland after the end of tax season all hold cherished memories. Joe was a wonderful storyteller and always had stories to share.
Above all, farming with his boys and brother on Windswept Farm was his happy place. From the beginning of time, God directed man to take care of the land and Joe was a worthy steward and taught his boys well. He tended the farm with great love and care to provide a beautiful home for his family. He enjoyed riding in his tractor where he didn’t have to answer a phone, and working the cows was a social event on the farm where the “brotherhood” gathered to help. No invitations were issued; they just happily showed up.
Joe always knew what his cows were thinking, and they loved him too and followed him like puppies when he was on the farm. He wanted to see his spring calves born and the first one arrived the day he passed. For all of us who knew and loved Joe, we know that baby calf must have been on “Joe time”.
Memorial services for Mr. Joseph Brent Clontz will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday February 22, 2023 at the Brodhead Baptist Church with Bro. Ralph Baker officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to: the Rockcastle Regional Hospital Cancer Care, 145 Newcomb Avenue Mount Vernon KY 40456.
Arrangements are by the Cox Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the Church from 5 to 8 PM on Tuesday, and on Wednesday from 11 AM until service time at the Church.
The Rockcastle Regional Hospital Cancer Care
145 Newcomb Avenue, Mount Vernon KY 40456