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April 19, 2022

Gone But Not Forgotten: John Wormack, Jr.

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On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, our beloved John Wormack, Jr., age 82, of Olney, MD, transitioned leaving behind his loving and devoted wife of 26 years Janet; his loving daughter Karen; and his sisters Shirley Wormack, Joyce Wormack and his brother James (Kimberly); sister-in-law Lori Mazeas (Jean-Paul) and brother-in-law Reuben Pemberton, his nieces Pam, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and Micah Wormack, and Carey Samson and Viola Pemberton. A native of Cumberland, MD, he was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He was a man of God and friend to many. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Beatrice; his son Keith; his sister LeeRetta Wormack; and brother Jerry. On Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 608 North Horners Lane, Rockville, MD, 20850 a viewing will be held at 10 a.m. with funeral services following at 11 a.m. Masking is required. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory are suggested to Mount Calvary Baptist Church c/o Community Ministries at the above address. Care entrusted to Snowden Funeral Home and condolences may be shared at www.snowdencares.com
 

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January 22, 2022

Gone But Not Forgotten: Daniel T. Twyman

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Daniel Thomas ‘Dan’ Twyman September 25, 1939 - December 23, 2021 San Diego San Diego, CA

Dan (Danny) was born to Benjamin and Bertha (Good) Twyman in Piedmont, West Virginia. After a lengthy illness, he slipped away in his sleep on December 23, 2021 at Covenant Living at Mount Miguel in Spring Valley, CA, the Village where he resided. He was second youngest of twelve children, all deceased. He grew up in Piedmont, graduated from high school there. At West Virginia University, Dan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He earned his doctorate from the United States International in San Diego, California. He was employed as a Counselor at San Diego Mesa College where he enjoyed working with people, and helping them find ways to meet their goals. Some became lifelong friends.

It was at a "Record Hop" that he met the woman who would share his life. He was 19 and she 17. He married Patricia Bruce in West Virginia on September 1, 1962. They were blessed with two daughters: Danene Marie, born in Morgantown, WV, and Danielle Patrice born in San Diego, CA. After graduating from West Virginia University, in 1969, he moved his family to California.

Dan enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, and attending baseball and football games, family, neighborhood, and other gatherings, and traveling, especially cruises. He and Patricia traveled to Mexico, China, Russia, Italy, Hawaii and to New Orleans for annual Jazz Festivals. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, San Diego, working with children and with the Counseling Center.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, daughters Danene Brown (Eric) and Danielle Lauria; two grandsons Nicholas Soares and Zachary Brown; two granddaughters Josie and Sadie Lauria, all living in San Diego. Additionally, he leaves a sister-in-law, Rosalie Twyman, Piedmont, WV and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services will be held Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, San Diego. Services will be live streamed. Due to current health restrictions, no reception will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Diego Humane Society (sdhumane.org/dan) or to the Benevolent Fund at Covenant Living at Mount Miguel, Spring Valley, California (www.covliving.org/giving).

"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all we love deeply becomes part of us." Helen Keller

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January 5, 2021

Gone But Not Forgotten King M. Beckwith, Sr.

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King Morris Beckwith, Sr., age 83, of Moorefield, WV passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV.
 
Mr. Beckwith was born June 17, 1937 in Petersburg, WV and was a son of the late Winston Beckwith and Luella (Redman) Beckwith.
 
In addition to his parents, Mr. Beckwith was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Staija Beckwith-Hilliard; three sisters and two brothers; sister-in-law, Hazel Redman.                 
 
King is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Barbara Ann (Redman) Beckwith; three sons, King M. Beckwith, Jr. of Bridgeport, CT, Tracy A. Beckwith of Winchester, VA and Steven N. Beckwith of Morgantown, WV; two daughters, Leota Beckwith and Cecilia Beckwith, both of Morgantown, WV; eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Campbell of Keyser, WV and Lola Gaites of Cumberland, MD;  and one brother,  Pastor Calvin Redman, Sr. of Petersburg, WV.
 
King was a dedicated truck driver and began his career at the age of 16.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing.  He was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Petersburg.  He was a City Police officer in Petersburg during the late 80’s.
 
Those who wish to remember King in a special way, may make gifts in his memory to the Beckwith family, c/o Barbara A. Beckwith, 328 Spring Avenue, Moorefield, WV 26836.

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December 29, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: James H. Clifford

James H. Clifford Jr., age 87, of Danville passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.

He was born on July 29, 1933 in Welton, West Virginia to the late James and Annabelle (Hackney) Clifford Sr.  James was employed and retired from the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier with over 30 years of service.  He was a member of the Jelloway United Methodist Church and was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Korean War.

James is survived by his wife Bridget Clifford; his sons, Robert Clifford, Daniel Sterns; his daughters, Tawnya Black, Jetti (Jo) Byrd; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and his sisters, Phyllis (Arthur) Grandison and Wanda Clifford.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his son James Clifford; his daughters, Sylvia Harris, Karen Clifford; and his brother Charles Clifford.

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December 28, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Ralph Bruce

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Ralph Elwood Bruce, of Westernport, MD, formerly of "C" Street, Keyser, WV, died Monday, November 9, 2020 at UPMC, Western Maryland, Cumberland, MD.

Born on August 30, 1959 in Keyser, WV, he was a son of the late Bernard S. and Clara E. (Clifford) Bruce. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Bernard William Bruce and his wife Esther; two sisters, Louise Keener and her husband Gregory and Lorraine Selby; his father and mother-in-law, Boyd and Naomi Kile and a brother-in-law, Carlton Davis.

Mr. Bruce was a 1978 graduate of Keyser High School and was employed for over 20 years as a school bus driver with the Mineral County Board of Education. He greatly loved his kids and grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Kimberly A. (Kile) Bruce; his children, Nicole Bruce and fiancée, JR Wolfe of Westernport, Jared Bruce of Keyser, Tristen Bruce of Westernport, Patricia Bruce of Keyser and Joshua Bruce of Keyser; a special niece that he reared, Sharia Hernandez; grandchildren, Kaden, Addison, Carson, Ava, Sage and Matthew; a brother, Tyrone Selby Bruce of Keyser and four sisters, Clara Elaine (Bruce) Davis, Satilphia Bruce, Rhonda Hernandez and Geraldine Selby, all of Keyser; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Interment was in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser, WV.

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December 28, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Karen B. Rolls

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Karen B. "Bebe" Rolls, died Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, WV.
Born on October 2, 1949 in Keyser, WV, she was a daughter of the late Lester L. and Freda B. (Clifford) Rolls. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin L. Rolls and her grandparents, Henry and Beatrice (Gilmore) Rolls and Ervin and Ruth (Streets) Clifford.

A 1967 graduate of Keyser High School, she was formerly employed at the Celanese Amcelle Plant and retired from the Westvaco Paper Mill. She was a faithful member of the Janes United Methodist Church in Keyser, where she served as the chair of the administrative council and as a trustee. Karen was very community minded, volunteering her time to the Faith in Action Food Pantry, Burlington United Methodist Family Services with their mailings and the annual Apple Harvest Festival and with the Mineral County Historical Foundation by serving on the Board of Directors. She spent countless hours in painting the rooms when the Carskadon Mansion was being renovated.

Karen also was a life member of both Washington-Smith Unit # 152, American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as treasurer and the Ladies Auxiliary to Nancy Hanks Post # 3518, VFW, Keyser, the Mineral County Democrat Executive Committee, where she was named the Outstanding Mineral County Democrat for 2020 and was an active American Red Cross blood donor. Karen was also an avid Golden Tornado, WVU Mountaineer and Washington Redskins football fan. She had a green thumb and loved gardening and taking care of lawns (hers and others!)

Surviving are two sisters, Kimberly Rolls and Gilda Davis, both of Keyser; a brother, Lester Hollingsworth and wife Rita of Clinton, MD; her sister-in-law, Cynthia Rolls of North Huntingdon, PA; her last surviving aunt, Loretta Clifford of Lorain, OH; a niece, Jada Davis; a young man that she fostered and cared for, Travis Bromley and numerous cousins and friends.

Interment is in the Thorn Rose Cemetery, Keyser.

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November 9, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Lucretia (Clifford) Brooks

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Lucretia Warde Brooks enjoyed a loving, graceful and prosperous life for 98 years. God, in His wisdom, called Lucretia home to himself on October 26, 2020.

She was beloved daughter of James Ward and Maude (Payne) Clifford of Clairton, PA and the oldest of their eight children, Moton Clifford, James Ward Clifford Jr, Ernest Clifford, Phillip Clifford Sr, Lois Clifford, Esther Jones, Melva Jean Perry, all of whom preceded her in death. Most of Lucretia’s adult life was spent in Clairton, where she resided with her loving husband Jesse Lee Brooks Sr, who preceded her in death.

A Clairton graduate blessed with eight children over the years, Lucretia enjoyed her time serving others whether at her former Clairton church First AME where she sang in the choir or the years of community service at Living Waters International or volunteering at the polls and political events. She served as a substitute teacher in the public school system for many years, and during the war, she worked in the US Steel Mill. In her personal life, Lucretia was an Eastern Star who loved to sing, was a great cook, and enjoyed inspirational writing. She was an inspiration for all of the young women of the church and her community.

Lucretia died at home from natural causes and is survived by her five sons, Roy Lee Hamlin Jr, Jesse Lee Brooks Jr, (Patricia), Derek Stephen Brooks (Katie), Ward Anthony Brooks, Craig Alan Brooks Sr (Victoria); two daughters; Joanne Nadine Blackwell, Linda Teresa Hudson (Anthony) (daughter Crystal Gaye Brooks preceded her in death). She leaves to cherish her memory a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends and associates.

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November 9, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Kevin L. Rolls

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Kevin L. Rolls, 67, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. He was born July 18, 1953, in Keyser, W.Va., a son of the late Lester and Freda Clifford Rolls. Kevin was a 1971 graduate of Keyser High School, where he was the state wrestling champion in his senior year. He was inducted into Keyser High School Football Hall of Fame in 1969. He was a 1974 graduate of Potomac State College, 1976 graduate of WVU and a graduate of WCCC Culinary School, where he graduated with honors. Prior to his retirement, Kevin was employed by SCI in Greensburg. He was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church where he was a part of the choir, SPRC, church council, vacation Bible school staff, family ministries, prayer ministry and adult Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cindy Schwertfeger Rolls; brother, Lester Hollingsworth (Rita); two sisters, Kimberly R. and Karen B. Rolls; and a host of family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Circleville United Methodist Church or the Burlington United Methodist Church Family Services. 539 New Creek Highway, Keyser, WV 26727. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Nov. 3, 2020.

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March 30, 2019

Luther Franklin Clifford Jr

Luther Franklin Clifford, Jr. to Be Included in Negro League Book Project

Hello Kent/Clifford cousins,
My mother's sister, Sarah Thomas, was married to Luther. They had one child together: Ira Franklin Clifford, whom we call "Rock." Sarah died this past December 2018. I had been looking for a picture of Luther, and I am glad that I found one in the above photo. Luther's son, "Rock" favors his father. "Rock" lives in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Your cousin, Rosemary Clifford McDaniel, is a friend of mine; in fact, she is a DNA match to me. I haven't figured out how as of yet, but I, too, may be in the Clifford family.

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July 15, 2018

Joseph Clifford

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Joseph Clifford of John Glen  High School takes first place in 2 of 3 events at Jessie Owens Track in June 2018.

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