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August 18, 2016

Michael Grandison Graduates

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Michael Grandison, son of Bradley Grandison, graduated from Capital University Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts Degree with a major in Business Leadership Management and a Minor in Music. Michael also spoke at the Kent-Clifford Reunion regarding his new ministry on college campuses. He is the grandson of Arthur Grandison and Phyllis Clifford. Congratulations, Michael!

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July 27, 2016

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

1960 Brantford Red Sox: Franklin is standing second from the right in the back row. Photo and other info regarding his t
1960 Brantford Red Sox: Franklin is standing second from the right in the back row. Photo and other info regarding his time in Ontario can be found at http://attheplate.com/wcbl/index.html
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has begun gathering authors to work on a new book project: The End of an Era: The 1948 Homestead Grays, Birmingham Black Barons, and the Last Negro League World Series. The volume will contain player, manager, owner, and stadium biographies, as well as articles about that season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the NAL and NNL playoffs, and the historic last Negro League World Series. One of the biographies will be on Luther Franklin Clifford, Jr., great grandson of Isaac Clifford and Elizabeth Jane Redman and son of Luther F. Clifford and Effie Barnes.

Known as Franklin to the family, in baseball he was known as Shanty Clifford, who played for the Homestead Grays and Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League and later for Galt/Cambridge Terriers and Brantford Red Sox in the Intercounty Baseball League in Ontario, Canada.

Franklin was also mentioned in A Sporting Chance: Achievements in African-American Atheletes by William Humber. There is even a photo of him rounding the bases while playing in the Dominican Republic. A Sporting Chance is available on Google Books and Franklin is mentioned on pages 57 - 59.

The book will more than likely be out some time in 2017. We look forward to seeing the story of our cousin in print!

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June 3, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Thomas S. Bruce

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Thomas S. Bruce, 71 of Hillcrest Heights, MD passed away at Washington Hospital Center on May 25.

The son of the late Isiah and Mary (Howard) Bruce, Steve was born in Medley WV on July 21, 1945. He was proceeded in death by two sisters, Rosa Hollingsworth and Evelyn Thomas, and four brothers, Virgil, Ashton, Milford, and James Bruce.

After graduating from Petersburg High School, Steve attended Shepherd College and later attended DC Teachers College where he graduated in 1973. In 1977 he earned a Master’s degree from the University of District of Columbia.

Steve was employed by the US Postal Service, and later by the DC Police Force, where he retired.  After retirement from the police force, Steve worked for the US Marshalls' Service. During the dedication ceremony of the E. Barrett Prettyyman Courthouse, Steve was awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service. He was a member of the Iverson Mall Walkers and a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Steve is survived by his former wife and good friend Margo Bruce of Ft. Washington, MD; one daughter, Sabrena Bruce of Ft. Washington, MD; two sons, Thomas S Bruce Jr (wife Olga) of Upper Marlboro, MD, Shaun Bruce  of Temple Hills, MD; four grandchildren, Isaiah Bruce, Lauren Bruce, Joshua Mason, Logan Furtelli; two brothers, Marvin Bruce (wife Cheryl) of Mitchellville, MD and Ernest Bruce of Columbus, OH; one sister Frances Mabin (husband Ray) of Keyser WV; and a host of friends and relatives.

 

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May 9, 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Melva Jean (Clifford) Perry

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Age 84, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at home. Born June 25, 1931, in Clairton, daughter of the late James Ward and Maude (Payne) Clifford; also preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Perry. Graduate of Clairton High School, former member of First AME Church, Clairton, Shelby Chapter 59 O.E.S. and Women's Auxiliary James Roster Post 817 American Legion. First African American sales clerk at local Skapik's department store and also worked as a Dispatcher for the Penn Cab Company. Surviving are daughter, Cynthia Lynne Perry of Clairton; two grandsons, Tech. Sgt. Edward Johnson III of Weisbauden, Germany and Tyler Williams of Penn Hills; sister, Lucretia Brooks and brother, Phillip Clifford both of Clairton; other relatives. Friends will be received Monday, March 14, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 449 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jessie Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, PA. Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 12, 2016.

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January 2, 2016

South Branch BBQ - Supporting Our Family Businesses

Stolen from Danny's South Branch BBQ Company LLC Facebook page...can't wait to try the ribs!
Stolen from Danny's South Branch BBQ Company LLC Facebook page...can't wait to try the ribs!
In March 2015, cousin Daniel Sterns opened the South Branch BBQ Company. Check out the company's Facebook page and you'll see Danny is getting rave reviews. If you're heading to Moorefield, you can find him at 712 north Main Street, beside the KFC. If you are attending the 2016 reunion, you are in for a treat! Danny will will selling his delicious BBQ at the Saturday picnic. It's a great way to support a business owned by our family as well as get some great BBQ.

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January 2, 2016

TLC Catering - Supporting Our Family Businesses

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Joyce Wormack has something cooking, and we bet it's tasty. Congrats to cousin Joyce on her catering business TLC Catering, service Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania! She is also working on plans for a restaurant spot. 

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December 25, 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten: Arthur Clifford

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Arthur P. Clifford 66, of Murphy St. in Piedmont, WV died in the loving arms of his sister at his residence on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1949 in Keyser, WV and was the son of the late John Lester Clifford and Arizona (Redman) Clifford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Johnson and two children, Betrice & Two, and one sister, Dorothy Lester
He was a 1967 graduate of Piedmont High where he was an outstanding basketball player. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from May of 1969 to May 1970. He was a member of Washington-Smith Post 152 American Legion in Keyser, WV and Kelley-Mansfield Post 52, American Legion in Piedmont, WV. He worked at Anchor Glass and Lumber and Things in Keyser, WV.

He is survived by one son, Rafael Clifford of Cumberland, MD and two sisters; Rosalie Twyman of Piedmont, WV and Donna Jean Mobley of Philadelphia, PA, and one brother, Lester "Skip" Clifford of Piedmont, WV, his grandchildren, Demeka, Isaiah, and Alivia; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at the First Assembly of God Church in Westernport, MD, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Hammond and Rev. David Coleman officiating. Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in LaVale, MD.

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October 30, 2015

Giving Back through Genealogy

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - descendant of Lucy Ellen Clifford
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - descendant of Lucy Ellen Clifford
By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Oct 30, 2015, 5:44 PM ET
 
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hopes to trigger a love for science, technology and math among American students by turning them on to searching for their family roots.
 
Gates, the Harvard University scholar and host of a genealogy show on PBS, and fellow researchers from Spelman College and Pennsylvania State University recently received a $355,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a genealogy and genetics summer camp for middle school children, as well as a $304,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for college-level courses.
 
The summer camps will start at Penn State University and the University of South Carolina this summer, and at the American Museum of Natural History in 2017. The college courses, in biology with a genetics and genealogy-centered approach, will be held at Spelman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
"Ancestry chasing through genealogy and genetics is about one thing ultimately and that is you," Gates said in a phone interview. "And what's your favorite subject? Your favorite subject is yourself."
 
Gates, host of "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." on PBS, said the curriculum he is developing would teach social science, history, interview skills, archival skills and biology. The goal is to help students discover an innate love of science, technology, engineering and math that may lead to careers in STEM fields.
 
Hispanics, blacks, and Native Americans together comprise only 10 percent of workers in science and engineering jobs and 13 percent of science and engineering degree holders, according to the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 report, though they represent 26 percent of the population.
 
The popularity of genealogy and finding ancestors would get children hooked, potentially inspiring future professors, scientists and mathematicians, said Gates. He said he wasn't worried about being able to keep the attention of young people.
 
"We're going to teach them about Y-DNA if you're a man, how you get that from your father who got that marker from his father and his father," said Gates, referring to the Y chromosome. Students also will learn about mitochondrial DNA, "which you get from your mother and her mother and her mother, whether you're a man or a woman."
 
Gates will work with Penn State University professor Nina Jablonski on the summer camps. Jablonski said the grants will make the camps affordable for parents, and help to right an imbalance in STEM fields.
 
"This new approach seeks to improve the retention of minority students in the sciences by inviting students into biology education with the discovery of unique facts about themselves," Jablonski said.
 
We would be "taking this whole idea of asking the question of 'Who am I?' into the classroom and getting students of varying ages to investigate themselves, leading to — we would hope — a whole cascade of positive things," she added.
 
"Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." starts its third season on PBS on January 5.

 

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September 4, 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten: Braxton A. Reel

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Infant Braxton Alexander Reel, age 4 months and 28 days old, of Moorefield, WV died Thursday, August 27, 2015 as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born March 30, 2015 in Petersburg, WV and is survived by his parents, Spencer Alexander Reel and Crystal Amanda Hall of Moorefield, WV; one sister, Aliana Renee Reel; Paternal grandparents, Leonard and Kimberly Reel of Fisher, WV; Paternal great grandparents, Edward and Glenda Cole Sr. of Moorefield, WV; Bob and Ann Smith of Moorefield, WV; Paternal Great Grandfather, Dale Reel of Rig, WV; Paternal Great-Great Grandmothers, Edith Sue Reel of Rig, WV and Lula Stewart of Moorefield, WV; Maternal Grandparents, Terri McCauley and Ron Hott of Moorefield, WV; Maternal Grandfather, Don Barker Jr. of Baltimore, Md; Maternal Great Grandparents, Bonnie and Jacque Mortimer of Baltimore, MD.

Family will receive friends Friday, September 4, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Moorefield Church of God in Moorefield, WV. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at the Moorefield Church of God with Pastor Daryl Dunsmore and Rev. Johnny Stump officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Moorefield, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Braxton Reel to the family, c/o Leonard and Kimberly Reel, 2156 Darlington School Road, Fisher, WV 26818.

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February 19, 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten: George R. Kent

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Dr. George Robert Kent, 95, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on February 10, 1920. He was the son of the late George William Kent and Ingie M. Taylor Kent.

He was a very hard worker who worked many jobs, such as dental office janitor and retail drug store truck driver, on his quest for higher education.

In 1944, he attended West Virginia State College and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, History and French. During this time, he pledge Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Theta Psi Chapter. After completion of undergraduate studies, he moved to Cambridge, Maryland. He taught History and French at St. Clair High School and later at Mace’s Lane High School. During this time, he met an attractive lady, teacher and life partner, Eleanor Woodyard. They were later married on March 24, 1951. They had a daughter, the late Terri D. Womack (grandchildren, Malcolm Biko Womack and Tiye’ Eleanor Womack; great-grandson, Keilan). They also had a son, George Marshall Kent (grandchildren, George Miguel Kent and William Julio Kent).

He was hired as an instructor and Assistant Professor at Maryland State College to teach History and was Faculty Advisor to the Student Council in 1955. Dr. George Kent continued his quest for higher education and attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned a Master of Arts degree in American History. During the summer sessions in 1969 and 1970, he worked as Assistant Professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

In 1972, Dr. George Kent earned a Ph.D. degree in American History with a cognate in Education from University of Maryland, College Park. He was hired by the Maryland State Department of Education as Coordinator and Consultant in Teacher Education and joined other participants in evaluating college programs. He worked as Adjunct Professor at Bowie State College and Salisbury State College. In 1980, he became the Chairperson of Delaware State College Education Department. He started the first Graduate Program at Delaware State College.

Dr. George Kent has been dedicated to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and was very active in the chapters, Pi Alpha Chapter (1950) and Psi Iota Chapter (1980). He was also a member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware where he served as a member of the Gospel Sounds and Chancel Choir.

Although Dr. George Kent was busy studying for the degrees, he took time to officiate baseball, basketball and football for high school and college games. He also enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He was recognized by the Delaware “Afro American” Sports Hall of Fame for outstanding accomplishments as a basketball official.

Dr. George Kent was active in releasing the following publications: The Negro in Politics in Dorchester County, Maryland (1912-1960), A Brief History of Waugh United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Maryland (1966), An Analysis of the Secondary School Curriculum: A Need for Substance (1969), and Integrated and Separate Black Studies in Maryland Secondary Schools (1971).

Dr. Kent will lie in repose on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 6 to 9 PM and Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9 to 10:30 AM at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will perform ceremonial rites at 10 AM. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Sharon Hills Memorial Park, 2928 Sharon Hill Road, Dover. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Kent to Whatcoat United Methodist Church.

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