SHELBY-Clifford Isiah Tesner, 92, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home.
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Born in Cleveland County on April 29, 1920, he was the son of the late William Pinkney and Lucy Stewart Tesner. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Esther Tesner, Mary Tesner Glover, and Essie Mae Clark Hilland; and three brothers, Filo Tessneer, Summie Tessneer, and Tess Tesner.
He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and was a taxi cab driver. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Tesner is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Tesner; ex-wife, Sue Tesner Rhinehart; three sons, Clifford Charles Tesner and wife Brenda of Shelby, Mark John Tesner and wife Donna of Polkville, William Henry Tesner of Shelby; one daughter, Geraldine White and husband Bill of Shelby; three step-children, Melody McKee Ayers and husband Bryan of Grover, Joey McKee of Shelby, Scott McKee and wife Debra of Shelby; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one niece, Carolyn Smith of Shelby; one nephew, Richard Glover and wife Golda of Shelby; and one grand-niece, Cindy Rudd and husband Dino of Shelby.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home.
Celebration of Life Service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Tommy Price and Dr. Barry Goodman
Burial: Sunset Cemetery, following the service, with military rites.
Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Tesner
Memorials: May be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150
A guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on Mar. 26, 2013