October 24, 2009 11:18:00 PM
A Lowndes County man was found shot to death at the club he owns on 538 Stinson Creek Road, of Highway 373, early Saturday morning.
And two Aberdeen men are in jail for the crime.
Clarence Trimble, 50, was found dead at the business by family members, said Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
"Some relatives went to the bar to check on Mr. Trimble last night, and found him," Merchant said Saturday night.
Merchant pronounced Trimble dead at the scene shortly after 2:30 a.m., he said.
Trimble appears to have died of multiple gunshot wounds. His body was transported to the Lowndes County morgue and will be transported to Jackson for an autopsy this morning.
Cedrick Whitley, 23, of 20393 Egypt Road in Aberdeen, and Sylvester Johnson, 22, 1407 Cloverdale Place in Aberdeen, are charged with capital murder in the death, WCBI-TV reported. The two were arrested Saturday morning at Whitley''s home.
Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office Lt. Tony Perkins, who could not be reached by phone Saturday night, told WCBI the two suspects waited until other customers left sometime between midnight and 1 a.m., asked Trimble for change and shot him when he turned to open the cash register. Investigators told WCBI money was missing from the cash register.
Tansy commented at 10/25/2009 1:50:00 PM:
Mr. Clarence was such a nice guy...it saddens me to hear this news. prayers to all of his family and freinds...Ive seen posts on this site blaming the bad economy for robberies--a bad economy does not justify robbing or killing someone...especially someone as hardworking as Mr. Clarence...
Bill commented at 10/25/2009 2:37:00 PM:
I meet "Big C" also and truely it is sad that this very kind man was killed in such a way...-Tansy- no one is saying that criminals or crime is justified...but it is a fact(not an opinion) that when jobs and money are sarce, crimes such as robberies increase...But you are right Mr.Clarence did not deserve to lose his life, and I hope the people responsible get what they deserve...
Ken commented at 10/26/2009 8:25:00 AM:
"Big C" was a hard working man and a joy to be around. He will truley be missed. Our prayers go out to his family. Bill- It is a fact(not an opinion) than anyone that can kill a man in cold blood like this was never a working part of socity and the economy han no effect on his motive to kill.
Bill commented at 10/26/2009 2:38:00 PM:
People please do not misunderstand what Im trying to say...
Tansy commented at 10/26/2009 7:14:00 PM:
I do understand what you are saying...BUT...crime in columbus seemed to be escalating over the last few years anyway when the economy was in better condition...the bigger problem is that our young people are attracted to "fast money"-which is glamourized in our society, and unfortunately, it may mean robbing and stealing, and it may mean someone losing a loved one...
Bill commented at 10/27/2009 3:42:00 PM:
Thanks Tansy... Take care.
Tiesha commented at 10/27/2009 7:19:00 PM:
Clarence was my cousin,Paula husband.She shared so much love for him and for someone to take that away from her let alone him is a tragedy. I'm currently in North Carolina and will not be able to accompany my cousin and it hurts me to know that his life was taken for something so petty.It hurts because I will miss being around him,being around such happy people that can make a good time out of anything. I will miss his humor. I will miss him opening up the club just for us when we come home. I will miss him.I hate that he had to leave this earth in such a way,but I pray for the ones who did take his life,because they will not be able to handle the price they will have to pay for this crime.I love you Clarence"Big C" and may your soul rest in peace.
Clarence Hughes commented at 10/27/2009 9:23:00 PM:
Words cannot express my true feeling about the lost of a good and hard working man trying live and do right. God is still in charge...just keep the faith. Clarence Hughes, Alanta, GA.
Rev. James & Janice Waters commented at 11/2/2009 9:41:00 PM:
We here in Detroit, MI are saddened by the loss of such a great man. Such devastation travels all over the country and affects loved one far and wide. We are friends with his sister-in-law from Detroit and we are praying for the family and friends that loved him so dearly. Your remarks show a stand in the fight against violence regardless of the economy. We were taught to all come together closer during hard times instead of turning on each other. May you all be blessed as you rally around the family and friends with comfort & support. May he rest now in the arms of the Lord! We will keep you in our prayers.
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