Store of murdered Decatur business owner reopened in his memory | Best Stories
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Timothy Clemmons had just opened his first store, Hair on Hand, when he was murdered last December. Now the killed businessman is honored as his family reopened their store in his memory.
“I said ‘I love you’, and he said ‘I love you too.’ And then I left,” Janis Pugh told WAND News. She said it was the last time she saw Clemmons before he was kidnapped behind his store in 2020.
“It’s hard not to have him around. I said, they took his body, but they didn’t take his soul,” Pugh said.
Pugh raised Timothy and now helps care for the six children who lost their father on that fateful day.
“He was the best dad you could have. His kids, he’s 6, they admired him because he was always there with him,” Pugh explained.
After her death, Felicia King, the grandmother of Clemmons’ children, decided to quit her job and reopen Hair on Hand as Whodini’s Palace in the same location.
“It’s a tragedy that happened to my grandchildren and her little mom’s dream came true. And we thought it was best for us to open her birthday today,” said King explained.
On Wednesday, she opened the doors to Whodini’s Palace with photos, quotes and even a cardboard cutout of Clemmons.
“I did it for his children. I wanted to make his legacy for his children,” King said.
Now she will take half of the proceeds from Whodini’s Palace and put that money into accounts for each of her children. This ensures that his greatest achievement continues to serve his children.
“When he opened it I was so proud of him, I let him know how proud I was of him. He was so excited. I saw him happy, but he was very happy,” Pugh said.
The business that brought him joy will now serve his family and the surrounding community. Whodini Palace will be open Monday through Saturday at 1340 North Water St.
Police are still investigating Clemmons’ murder. He was kidnapped behind Hair on Hand on December 21, 2020. Less than 24 hours later, his body was found on South Haworth Avenue.
Police have since been investigating, but have no leads on the suspects. If you have any information about the case, you are encouraged to call the Decatur Police.