Charles Roy "Big Daddy" Clonts

Male 1891 - 1988  (96 years)


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  • Name Charles Roy "Big Daddy" Clonts 
    Born 8 Sep 1891  Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Apr 1988  Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9686  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 19 Sep 1995 

    Father William Thomas Clonts,   b. 12 Feb 1860, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1902, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Martha Deborah McLarty,   b. 12 May 1867, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1913, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1887  Douglasville, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F3425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Essie Mae Meek,   b. 11 Dec 1892, Paulding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1982, Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1917  (Paulding County, Georgia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Charles Roy Clonts, Jr.,   b. 26 Feb 1918, Plainville,Gordon Co.,GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1952, Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. William Rexford "Rex" Clonts
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F3426  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Sep 1891 - Paulding County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Apr 1917 - (Paulding County, Georgia) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Apr 1988 - Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
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      "Charles Clonts was born in Paulding County, Georgia. Since his father died before he was eleven, Roy worked on the family farm until we was 21 when, for Roys and George's interests, his oldest brother Boyd, and his wife agreed to return to the farm, freeing Roy and his younger brother to attend Young Harris College in 1912. Both Roy and George graduated in 1915. Roy worked for the Banker's Trust Company in the Bank of Douglasville, GA (1916-1917), Bank of Plainville, GA (1917-1923), and the Bank of Omaha, Georgia, before moving his family to Oviedo, Florida, in September of 1923 where he was with the Bank of Oviedo unitl 1926. After a year of dealing in real estate he started farming celery in 1927 on three acres of leased land back of C.M. Arie's house on Cenrtal.The next year he bought ten acres in Black Hammock and in 1939 bought land in Mitchell Hammock.

      His parents-in-law joined them in 1927; his sister-in-law and husband, Lee Gary, in 1935; his sister and family , the Grover Moons, in 1939; his brother-in-law, Bill Meek, in 1941, and his brother, Boyd, in 1941. In 1949, he and his associates bought 600 acres in the Lake Apopka Drainage District where they grew celery and sweet corn as "Clonts Zellwood Farms". Both associations were dissolved in 1980 when he retired.

      He was a faithful and generous Methodist all of his life, serving as a trustee of the Oviedo Church for fifty years. He was chairman of the group as well as chairman of the board and the building committee responsible for the large colonial brick church that was dedicated in 1956. He served on the local school board and was a Seminole County Commissioner during World War II. He was a member of the Oviedo Masonic Lodge.

      He was on the board of the Central Florida Production Credit Association from 1936 to 1975 and served on the loan committee for most of those 38 years. He was a member of the Florida State Bank (now Flagship) from 1943-1975. He, along with Ted Estes (his first cousin), George Morgan, and Domo Daniels, applied for the charter of the Citizens Bank of Oviedo and was member of the original board, serving from 1946 to 1981. He was chairman of this board for the last 27 years.

      Being a large man over six feet tall, his grandchildren call him "Big Daddy". This name was soon affectionately used by many in the small town of Oviedo
      which in 1959 had a population of about 2000."

      Written by Thelma Clonts.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12310] Thelma & Rex Clonts,family group records,146 Hillcrest Street,.