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The Rev. Clarence Lee Bertram, Taylor Co., KY (1925-2014)

He was a native of Wayne County, KY, and a resident of Taylor County at the time of his death. He received his education at Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern University and Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a retired elder in full connection of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church in Wayne, Pulaski, Russell, Cumberland, Washington, Green and Taylor Counties for a total of 53 years. Thirty-six of those years were spent as pastor of United Methodist Churches in Taylor County. At the time of his death, he attended Spurlington United Methodist Church. His wife of 56 years, Mary Ella Cooper Bertram survives. He leaves 6 direct living descendants.
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The Reverend Clarence Lee Bertram of Campbellsville, Kentucky and native of Wayne County, Kentucky, went to be with his Lord February 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2pmCT/3pmET, Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Rev. Todd Love, Rev. Lawrence Brockman, Jr.and Rev. Robert Morris. Burial will be in Campbellsville Memorial Gardens, 700 Old US 68, Campbellsville, KY. Visitation will be 4pm-7pmCT/5pm-8pmET, at the funeral home.


He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Mary Ella Cooper Bertram, and the following:
  • Two sons and their wives: Gary and wife, Dianne and Tracy and wife, Brenna

  • Four grandchildren: Zachary, Mason, Macayla and Hanna Bertram

  • A sister, Grace Bertram Hall and husband, Melvin

  • A brother-in-law, Wendell Hurt

  • and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Carol Bertram, his parents, Johnny C. and Bessie Dishman Bertram; two sisters: Glenna Hurt and Ella Barnes; a brother, Charlie Bertram; two half-brothers, Elbert and Fred Bertram; four half-sisters: Florence Perdue, Zora Barrier, Artie Bertram and Hattie Edwards.

He accepted Christ as his Savior early in life and joined Edwards Chapel Methodist Church. In 1952, he accepted God's calling into the pastoral ministry of the Methodist Church. He preached his first sermon at Edwards Chapel and preached his first revival at Jennings Hollow School. He served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church in Wayne, Pulaski, Russell, Cumberland, Washington, Green and Taylor Counties for a total of 53 years. Thirty-six of those years were spent as pastor of United Methodist Churches in Taylor County. At the time of his death, he attended Spurlington United Methodist Church.

He received his education at Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern University and Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a retired elder in full connection of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, retiring from full-time pastorate in 1995 but continuing to pastor in a part-time status until 2006.

In addition to his call to the ministry, God also endowed him with the gift of music. Growing up in a musically talented family, music was an intricate part of his life. He and his brothers and sisters sang as the Bertram Family Quartet for many years. Wherever he went in his pastoral ministry, he could always find people with whom he could enjoy music. During his first pastorate in Russell County, he formed the Coffeys Chapel Quartet which performed for several years. Later, after his marriage, he and his wife sang as a duet and led the music for many revivals throughout the area. As the family grew, a new Bertram Family Quartet was formed with his wife and sons. Over the years, his music ministry greatly enhanced his pastoral ministry.

His family and his ministry were his first priorities in life. In addition, he loved farming. As a young boy, he had operated his family farm in Wayne County, Kentucky and never lost the love of working of soil. His favorite part of farming was growing and harvesting hay. He was known for his strength and ability to heft bales of hay onto the wagon using a pitch fork. He felt his witness for God was shown as he worked beside men in the field.

He was a minister, a pastor, a preacher to many, sharing his generous love throughout his life of ministry. But, above all, his deep faith and committed service will continue long after his passing through the many lives he touched.

Send a condolence to the family of Rev. Clarence Lee Bertram

The Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY in charge of arrangements.

Family requests expressions of sympathy be donations to Gideon Bibles and may be made at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.


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