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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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May 1, 2018

Newsletter of the Afro-AmericanArticle Published in the Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier

Photos from days gone by
Photos from days gone by
Hello Family,

This article was given to us by Reggie Spiller (via Clarence Spiller) published in the Newsletter of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier. It includes our relative Daniel Clifford and his involvement to  what happened at Harper's Ferry and the John Brown Raid. Enjoy.


Bradford Daily Era
Thursday, May 5, 1887
 
John Brown’s Raiders
 
One of them Says the Slavery Fanatic    
            Was too impatient.
 
Rather a strange but interesting story is narrated by Daniel Clifford, a colored citizen of this place.  Clifford who is now lying sick and does not expect to recover, made the following statement to his physician a few days ago:      “When I was released from the Western penitentiary in the spring of 1855 I went to Canada and enlisted in a company then being organized by John Brown.  After our little band was organized we proceeded to Missouri, where Brown’s son was killed in an attempt to rescue certain slaves who had been sold and were being taken to Texas. In this conflict several of the slave owners’ were also killed.  After this we again returned to Canada, where we remained during the winter.  In the meantime Brown was actively engaged reorganizing our company and increasing our numbers.  In the spring, Brown returned to the United States and left Richard Reall and myself in charge of our organization in Canada.  By September 1859, our company in Canada numbered about seventy five well equipped men, and we were prepared to make our way in squads of ten through Pennsylvania into Virginia to meet Brown and his little army.  Brown was to let us know when and where we should meet him and was to have everything arranged for our attack on Harper’s Ferry.  The plan was that the negroes were, at the proper time, to rise up and come to our assistance.  The inhabitants were to be made prisoners, and were to be exchanged for slaves, and as the arsenal contained about 100,000
stands of guns, we could have equipped enough negroes to have killed every slave owner in Virginia before the United States troops could have been ready to move.”  ‘We were preparing to start for Virginia by the first of October, but on account of some difficulties we were delayed.  Brown was a very passionate, hot-headed man, and as we were to meet him by the 20th of October, but did not, I presume he thought if negroes in the neighborhood would come to his assistance he could take and hold the arsenal until we arrived.  When the raid proved a failure and there was no rising of the negroes, and Brown was captured, our organization disbanded for want of a leader. But had Brown been prudent enough to have waited until our arrival there is no doubt that our scheme would have been a success.” 
    
Clifford is about sixty years of age, tall, erect and a’most white.  In 1853 he and several other negroes were tried and convicted in this county for the murder of Lily Zimmerman.  Clifford with the rest was sentenced to five years imprisonment.  Although his story is not believed by many, yet there are many things that go to corroborate it.  His description of Brown and many things that occurred while he was in the West are accurately told, and the ho’d  and reckless character as well as the checkered life of Clifford go far toward corroborating his story. -----Pittsburgh            
                   
This 1887 Bradford, Pa. newspaper  article was donated to the Association by Clarence Spiller.

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December 3, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten: Charles K. Clifford, Jr. (1957-2017)

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Charles Kenneth Clifford, Jr., age 59 of Zanesville, died Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Genesis Hospital, in Zanesville. He was born December 12, 1957, son of the late Charles and Louise (Harris) Clifford. He was a member of Norval Park Church of Christ. He loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed martial arts. He had a Martial Arts dojo in Cambridge, where he taught many students. He graduated from Cambridge High School and went on to serve our country in the Army. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
 
He was a loving father of his beautiful children LaTasha, Charles (Holly) III, Rachel (Manny); he is also survived by Richard (Denise), Matthew (Kathy), Aileen, Mark (Kelly), Luke (Jacki), Theresa, Sheila (Will); he leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; and his girlfriend Carol. He was preceded in death by his brother Stanlee.
 
Family and friends may call on the family Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., services will follow at 1 p.m at Norval Park Church of Christ 845 Arch Street Zanesville. Minister Keith Kress officiating. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.

Published in the Times Recorder on Dec. 3, 2017

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