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Clifford Raymond Akridge

April 20, 1940 - May 4, 2008 Born April 20, 1940 in Redondo Beach, CA. Entered into rest May 4, 2008 in Elk Grove, CA. The first child of Margaret Ray and the late Otis Akridge. He is survived by children, son Ricky Akridge and daughters Angela Akridge and Linda Akridge, wife Pamela Akridge, and his eight grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings Roselie Bradshaw, Fran Cramer, Donna Larson, brother Charles Ford, many nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. We miss him already! Resident of the Bay Area for much of his life, then later settled in Elk Grove/Sacramento for 10 years. He retired from Richmond Optical Company in Hayward. He served in the U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam war as a corporal. From the beaches and fishing piers of Southern Cal to the open space of Hayfork, CA-he appreciated the richness of the outdoors. He especially loved fishing and camping (and shoot'em up/action movies), but his grandchildren brought him even more joy. He was stubborn, generous, and warm-hearted (except when playing poker). He never turned down a good burrito or a game of rummy. He was envied by his son for his thick head of black hair. He could make a mean breakfast, and was known for awakening the exhausted with bacon smells emanating from in Coleman camping stove. His favorite restaurant was La Imperial in Hayward, CA, where he shared fond memories every Friday night with his family and where he enjoyed watching his children devour guacamole dip. In his younger years, he loved to golf, bowl in the Manor Bowling League, and play a good game of aggravation with his mother, stepfather Bill Cisek, and wife. Memorial services to be held at a later time. For more information, contact Angela at angela.akridge@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to UC Davis Hospice Program. Sacramento Memorial Lawn 916-421-1171

Published in Inside Bay Area on May 18, 2008
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