Leo Michael Clifford Jr. joined the angel choir March 5, 2020 with family by his side at his residence in Callaghan VA.
Born June 28, 1930 in White Sulphur Springs WV, he was the son of the late Leo M. and Effie Lilly Clifford. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy “Boots” Smith Clifford, brother Thomas Clifford, four sisters, Lilly Lewis (Gordon), Rose Ross (Honus), Agnes Stull (Lon) and Teresa Livesay (Marvin).
Leo served honorably in the U. S. Airforce during the Korean War. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Leo was a chef at The Greenbrier Hotel where he retired with 35 years of service. After retirement he continued to enjoy gardening and volunteered his pruning talent in the neighborhood and at his church. Leo always loved sports and while in school he participated in various sports earning the nick name “Gallop”. His greatest delight was spending time with his grandson, Jarret.
Surviving to cherish his memory is a daughter, Michele C. Wight and husband Rev. J. Lynn Wright of Covington, a grandson son David Jarret Wright and wife Ashely McCaleb Wright and great granddaughters Regan and Kendra of Christiansburg VA, and close friend Regenia G. Brown. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews and his church family at Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church. Leo and his family are grateful to caregivers Janie O’Conner, Kiana Wright, Lorri Hall, Marsha Griffith, Jean Klimara, Sherry Cale, Cyndi Bradley who became family.
A celebration of life service will be Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel at Arritt Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Palmer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and at other times at the residence in Callaghan. Interment will follow at Fletcher Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Wright, Steve Bernard, Michael Ross, Jimmy Lewis, G.W. Lewis, Leo Lewis, Allan Levisay, Mitch Sellers, Rick Jessee, Steve Southall, and Danny Eggleston.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church; 4310 Callaghan Circle Covington, VA 24426 or Mountain Regional Hospice at P.O. Box 637 Clifton Forge, VA 24422.