WEST POINT — The funeral for Charles B. “Charlie” Cliett Sr. will be Friday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating; also speaking will be Bob Wyman, and Billie J. Ball. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cliett, 86, passed away, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born July 10, 1924 in Montpelier to the late Sally Lou Saul Cliett and James T. Cliett.
He was department head and professor of the aerospace engineering at Mississippi State University from 1960 to 1991 where he had worked since 1947. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a veteran of U. S. Navy, serving as a Lieutenant Junior Grade during World War II.
Charles B. Cliett Sr. married Grace Campbell Cliett on December 25, 1946 in West Point. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Mississippi State University in 2003.
In the resolution awarding his honorary doctorate degree, the Mississippi Board of Trustees, stated that “Mr. Cliett’s determination, hard work, insight, and ability to bring out the best in his colleagues and students have brought immense recognition to the engineering research and teaching programs of Mississippi State University.”
Survivors include his wife Grace Campbell Cliett of West Point; one son, Charles B. Cliett, Jr. of Little Rock, Ark and a sister, Sarah Ann Fletcher of Indianola. Charles B. “Charlie” Cliett, Sr. was also preceded in death by his daughter, Susan
Marie Cliett in 2008 and his brother, Russell Cliett.
Pallbearers will be Bob Wyman, John Wyman, Carlisle Campbell, George Hinnant, Edward Hinnant, Bob Marshall, Art
Shirley and Wade Roberts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billie J. Ball, John Owen, Leslie Hester, and Dr. Mike Mabry, his colleagues at Mississippi
State University College of Engineering, and his caregivers, Katie Lenoir, Willene Jefferson, Donna Reese, Evangeline Cox, and Helen Doss.
Memorials may be made to The Charlie Cliett Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, P. O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773 or the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online by visiting the funeral home website at http://www.calvertfuneral.com .