Walter Franklin Clement, Sr.

November 20, 1934 - June 22, 2023

11/20/1934 - 06/22/2023

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Funeral Service
Saturday July 08, 2023
11:00 am
Whitaker's Chapel Cemetery
5341 Thirteen Bridges Road
Enfield, NC 27823

ENFIELD – Walter Franklin Clement, Sr., known to many as simply “Judge”, went to heaven the morning of June 22, 2023, at the age of 88, with his wife holding him in her arms.

Born on November 20, 1934, to the late Col. Walter T. Clement and Virginia Naylor Clement of Enfield, Judge was a military brat who spent his childhood living in several states, including Newfoundland. After finishing his senior year of high school at Enfield High School, Judge went on to attend North Carolina State University for four years and was in the Air Force ROTC for four years, where he also served as head cheerleader.

Judge worked hard throughout his life and had a diverse career. He farmed with his father for 25 years before joining the Army National Guard as a Lieutenant, where he served for 12 years. After leaving the National Guard, Judge volunteered as an EMT for eight years before becoming a Halifax County Deputy Sheriff. He retired from the sheriff’s department after 14 years of service and went on to become the Director for Law Enforcement Continuing Education at Halifax Community College for six years.

One of Judge’s passions was training officers for the sheriff’s department, prisons, and police officers, which he often did at his private gun range in Enfield. He was well-regarded in his field and taught many officers over the years.

Judge was a people person, and once you met him, you did not forget him. He had a magnetic personality that drew people to him, and he made friends wherever he went.

It is with a heavy heart that our agency announces the passing of fellow Deputy Sheriff, Walter Franklin “Judge” Clement. “Judge” as he was affectionately called, retired on December 31, 1999 from full active duty with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Jeff Frazier and at the rank of Sergeant. Judge most recently took his oath under Sheriff Tyree Davis on December 5th of 2022.  Judge started his career as a Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff ML Stallings on 3/12/1987. He was a certified commercial helicopter pilot and EMT. Judge also served in the US Army from September 1958 until October 1965, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant Armor. Judge was a continual supporter of our sheriff’s office and our families. He regularly donated funds to help with various causes. He always took time to speak and you were guaranteed to have a smile when he left your presence.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Clement’s family.    (Post from the Halifax County NC Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page)

Judge is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan Dickens Clement; his son, Walter F. Clement, Jr. of Enfield and his girlfriend Julie Godsell; his daughters, Elizabeth C. Loyd and her husband Bill of Wake Forest, Meriwether C. Moore and her husband Dan of Cincinnati, OH, and Margaret B. Clement and her husband Brian of Raleigh; his nieces, Kim, Julie, Natalie, Tracy, Trista, Jewel, Jessica, and Shantea; and his nephews, Jimmy, Rodney, Matt, and Brent.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at the Whitakers Chapel Cemetery in Enfield, with Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Enfield United Methodist Church, 209 Whitfield Street, Enfield, NC 27823 or online by clicking here, or to Whitakers Chapel, P.O. Box 344, Enfield, NC 27823 or online by clicking here.

Judge will be dearly missed by all who knew him, but his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched throughout his long and accomplished life.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the Clement family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Katherine Lynn
9 months ago

I will always remember him. We worked together at HCC and he was always happy and friendly! He was funny too! So many times I’d be fussing about something and he’d make a joke out of it til I was laughing! A great friend and mentor to many. Prayers for the family.

Jan Jaspers
9 months ago

Walter so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing and I pray for God’s peace for you and your family. Jan ( Jeff’s Sister)

Thomas Rose
9 months ago

Condolences from the Rose family and Wells family. ??