Funeral Service Held For Jocques Clemmons

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 19:15:32-05

Friends and family celebrated the life of Jocques Clemmons at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church. Many remembered Clemmons for his laugh, smile, and willingness to help others.

Metro Nashville Police Officer Joshua Lippert shot and killed Clemmons on February 10 during a traffic stop.

"I have a lot of memories with Jocques," said Joemac Perkins, one of Clemmons' closest friends. "All the memories we have, he's always smiling no matter what. He was always happy. He'd do anything for you."

Several hundred people attended Saturday's funeral services.

Church leaders shared a prayer for the broader Nashville community.

"Lord help this city heal," one leader said. "Help us, oh God, to understand how to love one another. Help us understand how to get past our own biases and have conversations with one another."

Leaders also called for the city to remember Clemmons as the investigation into his death moves forward.

"We thank you, oh God, that his memory will never be erased and that his life will mean something in the days to come."

The TBI has been investigating what led up to Clemmons' death.

Clemmons was survived by his mother and step-father, two children, and six step-children.