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January 7, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Jorge Garcia

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Jorge Isaac Garcia, 42, of Virginia Street, Keyser, formerly of San Diego, CA, went to be with the Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 12, 2021 in El Centro regional Medical Center, El Centro, CA.
Born on July 18, 1978 in San Diego, CA, he was the son of Jorge and Sandra (Hernandez) Garcia, of Mexicali, CA.

"Isaac" or "Butch" as he was lovingly called by family and friends was employed by KGPCO as an inventory clerk. He enjoyed basketball and football and was a hardcore LA Lakers and New York Giants fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife and going on trips and vacations just to get away for a while.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, LaToya L. (Redman) Garcia; his three children, Jorge Garcia of California; La'Ante Redman and Jason Robles, both of Keyser; a brother, Joshua Garcia of Imperial, CA; one sister, Melissa Garcia, of Mexicali; his paternal grandfather, Gabriel Garcia of El Centro; three special friends, John Amoruso and Jimmy Dove both of Keyser and Andrew Favara of Burlington, WV. "Isaac" is also survived by a special sister-in-law, Tameka Redman and special niece, Danica Redman or as "Isaac" would call her "Dinky-Doo" and another special little buddy, Issac Twyman, and we can't forget about his furry companion, Buster, and a host of other in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 9, 2020 at the Markwood Funeral Home with the Reverend Jody Bean officiating. Interment was at Potomac Memorial Gardens in Keyser, WV.

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December 7, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten: Christine Cole

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Christine Ronelle Cole, 46, a graduate of Admiral King High School, passed away on November 27, 2019.
A resident of Columbus for many years, Christine was born on March 7, 1973 in Lorain, Ohio to Betty (Hawkins) Cole and the late Ronald Teel Cole. Named after her grandmother, Christine Cole, she was known by family as "Chrissy."

Chrissy is survived by her mother, Betty; sister, Alicia ("Lisa"); brothers, Eric and Kevin (Debbie); nephews, Alex, Isaac and Cameron; nieces, Hannah and Tyeisha; new great-niece, Nora; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Before starting college, Christine worked for a summer at Moen in Elyria. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, and later earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Capital University. She returned to OSU in 2010 and obtained a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). Christine was a member of Phi Alpha (the social work honor society) and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. A Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Christine worked at Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) for 22 years. She also facilitated domestic violence and sexual offender groups for STOP, Inc.

Chrissy loved being a dog mom to her beloved "Kobe" (named for Kobe Bryant) – a precocious toy poodle who gave her 15 years of joy. Always a dog lover, Chrissy was once featured with her first dog, Pepper, in the Lorain Journal. Remarkably, Pepper gained notoriety for singing along daily to the theme song of The Young and the Restless. Chrissy was a wonderful daughter and sister. She was the baby of the family and relished the position. From the time she was born, her siblings Eric, “Lisa” and Kevin loved showering her with hugs and kisses. As an adult, she was always there for her family and could be counted on for babysitting, movies, whatever was needed. Chrissy was a proud and loving aunt who especially cherished spending time with her nephew and niece, Alex and Hannah, who lived nearby. We will all miss her dearly!

A funeral celebrating Christine’s life was held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Schoedinger Worthington Chapel in Worthington, OH with Pastor Jermaine Covington officiating.

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August 13, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten: Brandon Clifford

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Brandon McKinley Clifford, 28, of Pittsburgh, departed this life on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in UPMC East Monroeville.

He was born October 17, 1990, in McKeesport, son of Bonnie M. Clifford of Clairton and the late Guy S. Hurt.  He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Martha and Philip Clifford.

He was a 2009 graduate of Clairton High School and attended Pittsburgh Job Corp.  He worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, Caregiver, and Home Health Aide.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Bonnie M. Clifford of Clairton; son, Demetrius Lindsay of East Pittsburgh; Godmother, with whom he resided, Arletta Williams of Pittsburgh, six brothers, Breylon M. (Toni) Clifford of United States Navy Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Bryon M. Clifford of Clairton, Guy Hurt, and Terry Hurt, Todd Hurt all of McKeesport, Caleb Hurt of Uniontown; grandparents, Sanford and Barbara Hurt of Clairton, Cecilia Williams; Godbrother, Tyler Williams; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Services were held at Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Clairton, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 15, 2019 with Elder Melvin Brown officiating. Interment was at the Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

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August 7, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten: Janet (Daugherty) Kalkbrenner

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Janet Marie Kalkbrenner, 77, of West Newton, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, August 9, 2019. She was born June 16, 1942, in Elizabeth, PA and was the daughter of the late Woodrow Daugherty and Ethel Weatherwalk Moreland. Jan worked for more than 20 years as a tax preparer for H&R Block at their West Newton and Belle Vernon locations. She was a loving wife, amazing mother and second mom to many; a proud grandmother, both a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and also a softball coach.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Julius Michael "Mike" Kalkbrenner; daughters, Karen A. (David Jr.) Grey, of Indiana, Pa., and Janice M. (Todd) Truett, of Clairton; son, Michael Kalkbrenner, of West Newton; grandchildren, David Kevin Grey III, Jessica M. and Shane M. Grey, Larz Kalkbrenner and Karac and Brennan Truett; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Johnson; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Michele Mae Kalkbrenner.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in the Chapel of Gilbert Funeral Home in Elizabeth Township, PA. Interment followed at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township.

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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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February 6, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten: Carlton Davis

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Carlton L. Davis, 80, of S. Main Street, Keyser, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. Born on February 8, 1938 at Littleton, NC, he was the oldest child of the late Merritt Davis, Sr. and Annie (Carter) Davis. He also was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Clara Bruce, and a brother-in-law, Carl Ramsey.

As a boy, Carlton excelled in the two-room schoolhouse in Olive Grove and the segregated schools of Warren County, NC. His favorite subjects were chemistry and history. Accepting Christ at an early age, Carlton was an active member of the Oak Chapel A.M.E. Church in Warrenton where he served as Superintendent and Sunday school teacher. As a teen, Carlton, his best friend, John Carr and four other friends formed a gospel singing group. The boys would sing at numerous black churches throughout Warren County. He was a former member of the St. John A.M.E. Church in Westwood, New Jersey, Cornerstone Ministries in McCoole, MD and was currently a member of the Keyser Church of God.

From an early age, Carlton had a love for family. His favorite pastimes were driving the wagon, hunting, fishing and working on the farm with his maternal grandfather, Alexander Carter. He loved to tease his siblings and cousins by telling them that he was the favorite grandchild of their paternal grandfather, Horace Davis. Together, Carlton and "Pa Horace" would do home repairs. Pa Horace also owned a general store where he would let young Carlton mind the store when he had business to attend to. Carlton would later recall those days in the store as some of his favorite because he could eat all of the saltine crackers and sardines that he wanted.

In May of 1956, Carlton graduated from John R. Hawkins High School. After graduation, the "Red Rooster" relocated to Baltimore, MD with a cousin for several years and worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then moved to Hackensack, New Jersey and became a member of the United Steel Workers. He then became an upholsterer for Sleepable Sofas and retired after many years. After retiring, he and Elaine moved back to her home in Keyser and settled into the hills of West Virginia.

Carlton loved to fish and throw his line in all the rivers and ponds around Westwood, New Jersey. He also loved to tinker with his cars, loved barbecuing and he claimed to be the "Grill Master."

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Clara Elaine (Bruce) Davis; his son, Carlton Herbert of Keyser; his sister, Judy (Davis) Ramsey of Roosevelt, NY; his brother, Merritt Davis of Jamaica, Queens, NY; sister-in-law, Satilphia Bruce of Keyser; brother-in-law, Ralph Bruce and wife Kim of Keyser and nieces and nephews, Stephanie Ramsey, Demetria Ramsey, Judario Ramsey, Shawron Ramsey, Lya (Davis) Whitmore, Rhonda Hernandez, Tyrone Selby, Geraldine Selby, Michael Bruce, Julia (Bruce) Martin, Matthew Bruce, Maurice Bruce, Jill (Bruce) Clark, Mitchell Bruce, Nicole Bruce, Jared Bruce, Tristin Bruce, Patricia Bruce and Joshua Bruce.

Funeral services were conducted at the Keyser Church of God in Keyser, WV on Friday, February 8, 2019 with Rev. Larry Idleman officiating. Interment was in Potomac Memorial Gardens in Keyser, WV.

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December 30, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Mary (Cole) Darr

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Mary Hale Darr, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Moorefield, West Virginia, Mary was the fourth daughter of Angus and Christine Cole. Cherishing her memory are her husband of 67 years, John; three daughters, Caron Darr, Terri Harris (Lucky), and Nanette Darr; two sons, John (Linda) and Jay (Terri Lynn); two sisters, Naomi Hughes and Esther Clifford; and one brother, James Cole (Carole); eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Charles, Kenneth and Ronald Cole and two sisters, Mollie Allen and Betty Jones. Her home-going service was held Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Garden City United Methodist Church in Monroeville, PA. Entombment is in Churchill Cemetery.

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December 20, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Sarah (Thomas) Clifford

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Sarah A. Clifford, 89 of Mt. Pleasant, passed peacefully with her family at her side on December 16, 2018 at the Riverside Care Center, McKeesport. Sarah was born July 12, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant the daughter of the late Austin and Madie Griggs Thomas. Sarah was a 1947 graduate of East Huntingdon High School and later in life furthered her education by attending Seton Hill College and was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. She was a faithful member of the Second Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant and was formerly employed in the health field by Latrobe Hospital, Monsour Medical Center and Westmoreland Manor. Sarah was also a Notary Public, employed by Montgomery Ward and wrote Black History Month articles for many years for the Mt. Pleasant Journal. Sarah was preceded in death by her daughter Sandra Clifford; and also preceded in death by her nine siblings. Surviving are her devoted and loving children, Ira Clifford of Connellsville, Nancy Cox-Gilmore of McKeesport and Celeste Clifford of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Vernon J. Cox, III, Anthony Cox, Brandi Cox, Richard Gilmore (Erica), Seanlou Gilmore, Thomeesha Gilmore, Joshua Gilmore, Sade Gilmore, Sirzyon Edwards-Cox, Joel Salih, Jr. and Ausha Salih Reitz (Patrick); also 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at the Second Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, PA and officiated by Rev. Dr. William H. Terry. Interment was in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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October 20, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Todd Muse

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Todd Hartford Muse, son of Frederick Hartford Washington passed away on December 9, 2018 in Waldorf, Maryland. Todd was born on October 15, 1964 in Washington, DC.
He worked at WMATA as an instructor and was loved and respected by his coworkers.
Todd is survived by his wife Lisa, his sons Todd, Trent, and Travis, and many loving family members ho will miss him greatly.

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October 20, 2018

Gone But Not Forgotten: Ronald Cole

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Ronald Teel Cole, age 74, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He was born November 4, 1943 in Moorefield, West Virginia, to Angus and Christine (Kent) Cole.

"Ron" was a proud U.S. Marine and served his country bravely in Vietnam. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio after 30 years of employment.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; sons, Eric (Marena), Kevin (Debbie); daughters, Alicia and Christine; one brother, James (Carole) Cole; three sisters, Naomi Hughes, Mary (John) Darr, and Esther (Wilmer) Clifford; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie, Tom, Kenneth; and sisters, Molly and Betty.

The memorial service was held in Worthington, OH on Wednesday, November 7, 2018  and officiated by Pastor Stephen Talbert.

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