Curtis Robert Clifford
"Life Motto: Be the reason someone else smiles."
Saturday evening, Curtis was fulfilling a dream by taking a ride in a helicopter with dear friends.His typical evening: friends, food and fun. Unfortunately, the evening came to a close with an experience none of his family and friends have yet to be able to comprehend. Curtis was born September 21st, 1960 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the second son, but, as he was fond of saying, only chronologically. Curtis' life would involve moves to Atlanta, Richmond, Carmel, Lake Oswego, Carmel, Toronto and finally 28 years ago to Tallahassee.And the fun began. An Avid FSU fan and tailgater without par. Curtis made Tallahassee his town to love and work to make better. Each city left memories and fun…those same friends are still in place.
On March 27th, 1993, Curtis and his wife Susan (Bladge) welcomed his first son, Joshua Alexander with great joy which has been growing ever since.In keeping with the Clifford tradition, another son, Michael Curtis, would make his appearance November 9th, 1996, again, joy was the only way to describe Curtis' mood.
Bursting with joy might best describe the next event in May of 2001 when Kim Parker became Curtis' wife and her Kaytlin became his daughter.In a search for words to describe Curtis' work experience the only ones that come to mind are Sales Extraordinaire. If some one made it, Curtis could sell it and love doing it because he saw the whole experience as helping others.
And so, the helicopter came down and ended the joy but nothing can take away the memories, the family, the friends, the business associates or the fun.
A celebration of Curtis' life and times will be held Friday, February 14th at 3 PM at the Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6494 Thomasville Road in Tallahassee followed by a time of joy and telling Curtis' stories at SummerBrook Golf and Country Club, 7505 Preservation Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Kim Parker Clifford; his sons Joshua Alexander, Michael Curtis and his daughter Kaytlin Ashley Smallwood-Clifford, all of Tallahassee; the mother of his boys, Susan Bladge Clifford of Tallahassee; his parents Ron and Judi Clifford of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; two brothers: Rogers (Connie) of Hilton Head Island and Doug (Lisa) of Havana, Florida; a sister Leslie Robinson (Ken) also of Hilton Head; nephews: Ben and Alex Clifford of the US Army Rangers; Sam and Jesse Clifford of Carmel, Indiana; Troy Clifford and Ty Robinson of Hilton Head; two nieces: Jacey Robinson and Hanna Clifford of Hilton Head; an Uncle Drew (Becky) Rogers of Little Rock, Arkansas; a Grandmother Betty Rogers Canaday of Hilton Head; and a huge host of friends…you know who you are….Curtis made sure of that.He is pre-deceased by his older brother, David Clifford of Carmel, Indiana.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Curtis' name to the ALS Association of Indiana, 6525 East 82nd Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, Indiana, in honor of Curtis' brother David. Bevis Funeral Home, 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 13, 2014
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