Cletus was born into a poor farmer family into a community accused of incest in Alabama, but Cletus did not believe the rumors. Since his family was very poor he could't afford to go to school, so instead he hung out at the farm with his many cousins and quickly became a skilled farmer. Soon after Cletus' 13th birthday his mother died in an awful tractor accident, so his cousin Roy took care of him. Just months before Cletus' birthday his cousin Roy convinced him to come with to Chernarus to look at a tractor, while in reality he had seen an ad for "hot single chernarussian women". Soon after they had arrived hell broke loose.