Ned Clay Bartee

July 5, 1938September 5, 2018
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Ned Clay Bartee passed away September 5, 2018. He was born to Lawrence and Zetta Bartee on July 5, 1938 at home in Holt, Missouri with his twin Ted Ray Bartee.

He graduated from Lathrop High School in Lathrop, Missouri in 1956 after lettering in football, basketball and track. Ned graduated in 1960 from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics while lettering in wrestling. Ned proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on Active Duty from 1960 to 1964. He was Communications Division officer in USS NESPELEN (AOG 55) and First Division and Catapult Officer in USS INDEPENDENCE (CVA 62). He served as a US Navy Reserve Officer from 1964 to 1974 on Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts of the Naval Reserve. In 1965, Ned worked briefly in Marine Cargo Insurance before attending Smith College, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. After interning in Chicago, Illinois, Ned moved to Bellaire, Texas where he worked as a licensed Clinical Psychiatric Social Worker until failing health caused his retirement.

Ned married Christine McMillan in 1968. This union produced one son, Jon Andrew Bartee, born on September 11, 1972. In 1993, Ned married Mary Ann Schmitt. This union produced one son, Bryan Clay Bartee, born on March 13, 2001. Ned is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Wesley and Zetta Dykes Bartee, his brother Lawrence William and wife Wanita Howard Bartee, and infant daughter Alicia Bartee.

Ned is survived by his wife Mary Ann, son CDR Jon Bartee USN (ret.) and wife Jennifer, granddaughter Joy Bartee of Whispering Pines, NC, and son Bryan Bartee, his twin brother Ted Ray Bartee and wife Jennie Wynn (Windy) of Clover, SC. He has nephews: Bill Bartee (Elizabeth), Brandon Bartee (Lindsey), Bailey Bartee (Brandi), Clay Bartee (Annie) and 9 grandnephews and grandnieces.

Memorials may be given to Boy Scout Troop 549, sponsored by ChristChurch Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401, where Ned served as Committee Chairman and both his sons participated in Scouting.


  • Lawrence Wesley, Father
  • Zetta Dykes Bartee, Mother
  • Lawrence William and wife Wanita Howard Bartee, Brother
  • Alicia Bartee., Daughter
  • Mary Ann Bartee, Wife
  • CDR Jon Bartee USN (ret.) and wife Jennifer, Son
  • Bryan Clay Bartee, Son
  • granddaughter Joy Bartee, his twin brother Ted Ray Bartee and wife Jennie Wynn (Windy). He has nephews: Bill Bartee (Elizabeth), Brandon Bartee (Lindsey), Bailey Bartee (Brandi), Clay Bartee (Annie) and 9 grandnephews and grandnieces.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ned Clay Bartee

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Liz Gentry-Gorden

September 18, 2018

I have known Ned for many years, from Bellaire Presbyterian. He was a good man and will be missed.
Although, I have not been a member @ BPC for many years, his service to our Lord & Savior is known by many.

Walking in Faith Together,
Liz Gentry Gorden
5606 Innsbruck St.
Bellaire, Tx 77401

Bailey Bartee

September 16, 2018

Ned reminds us of his heritage, his legacy and his love. Ned came from a rich heritage. His parents and grandparents were noble, disciplined, honorable and strong in character. They had integrity and were great people who taught their children the same values.

When I was a boy, I remember seeing pictures of Uncle Ned as a young man early out of high school. He was working on the wheat harvest. He was diligent and strong. This example displays part of his heritage.

Ned’s heritage is also his legacy. He passed these traits on to his wife Mary Ann, sons Jon and Bryan, his daughter-in-law Jennifer and his granddaughter Joy. He did this by how he lived, by listening, by sharing his stories and knowledge of many subjects, especially military history.

After college he volunteered to serve his country by joining the Navy. He chose the service like his father and older brother. He went into the Navy with his twin Ted. He was a proud naval officer. His service shows part of his legacy.

Listening, spending time, sharing stories and passing on traits through them were his acts of love. He learned them from his parents and grandparents.

One of my happiest memories of Uncle Ned was when his son Jon and he came to the farm. His older Brother Bill was there. We all worked on the farm on various tasks together.

I loved watching all the brothers, Bill, Ted and Ned cheerfully completing tasks while laughing. Their skills complemented each other. They worked and interacted seamlessly and in harmony. He set an example of industriousness, hardwork and synergy as the best way to accomplish goals. This act was another way he showed love.

Uncle Ned showed us why it is important for heritage, legacy and love to live through us. He displayed how these traits and one person can transcend multiple generations. We can honor Ned by living honorably. We will see him again at another time. For now, we grieve, but are thankful for Ned and will always remember him.