Clifford L. Edwards

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Clifford L. Edwards

September 24, 1947 - January 10, 2019

Clifford L. Edwards Clifford L. Edwards, 71, of Meadville, PA Passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, January 10, 2019, after a long and arduous battle against cancer.

Son of his cherished mother Gertrude Edwards and Father Maxie Edwards, Clifford was born on September 24,1947 in Steubenville, OH. A graduate of Mingo Junction High School, Clifford fought to protect and serve our country in the Vietnam War before moving to Meadville, PA to pursue a long career with the United States Railroad, eventually pivoting to make a name for himself in union construction.

As an avid sports fan, Clifford fervently cheered on The Cleveland Browns and The Cleveland Indians as well as attending local football games with friends and family every fall.

He enjoyed walking his beloved Rottweiler Hebrew, conversing with friends and strangers alike at local grocery stores, discussing history and ancient civilizations, and reflecting on life while sitting at bicentennial park.

From stopping traffic on Liberty street in order to deliver his now wife, Lacetta, a bouquet of red roses to encouraging young men to reach their full potential by assisting many parents with enrolling their children in various athletic programs, Cliff's charming antics often brought joy to so many in the community.

Clifford is preceded in death by his parents Gertrude Edwards and Maxie Edwards, his former wife Emmaline Yvonne Edwards, his siblings Loviec Riley, Willie L. Edwards, Maxine Edwards, Christine Edwards, Ernestine Edwards, and Elaine Edwards, as well as countless friends, family, and loved ones, and is survived by many loving family members including his faithful and caring wife of 4 years, Lacetta Edwards who dutifully devoted her every waking moment to taking care of him when he fell ill.

He will be missed by his children, firstborn child, adoring daughter Troy Almetia Finley and her Husband Fire Chief Barry Finley, deeply devoted daughter Marlo Elaine Edwards playfully known to her father as Pick and her supportive partner William Ruth, Cliff's treasured only son La Monte Allen Edwards and his Wife Jennifer Edwards, youngest child, fiercely loyal daughter Emma Rae Thomas lovingly known to her father as Baba and her Husband Dr. Seth Maxwell Thomas, as well as his beloved step mom, Carmella Katherine Mclaurin, his sister-in-laws Mena Mclaurin, Charlotte Mclaurin, Roxanne Bell, and Roseanne Hardin, and his dearly cherished stepchildren Jacqueline Pauletta Edwards better known to her step father as Binky, Ragen Nicole Moody, Marie Shantale Jenkins, and Jamie Carmella Bolden better known to her step father as Jamie-Girl. He will also be missed by his beloved grandchildren and step grandchildren, Destinee Yvonne Edwards, Andrea Nicole Finley, Troy Ellie Edwards, Grace Agustina Pauletta, Lashonda Lacetta Jones affectionately known to her step-grandfather as kiddo, Michael Bolden, Timothy Bolden, Michael Anthony Jenkins, and Romaro Green as well as his numerous other adoring family and friends.

The Memorial service for Clifford's Homegoing will be held at 10:00am Tuesday January 22, 2019 at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. at 404 Chestnut Street with longtime family friend Reverend Floyd Mcclure officiating. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that small random acts of kindness be performed in his honor to celebrate the life of a man who's everyday small actions touched the lives of so many.

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Wanda Johnson
Jan 16, 2019
So very sorry for your lost of Cliff.
Cliff was a very close friend of my late husband Warren. He would often hang out with him and keep company at our house. May God give you all peace, strength and comfort as you are greiving the loss of Cliff.
Sharon (Shake)
Jan 13, 2019
My heart is very heavy. I’m going to miss my big brother. He came to my track meets and coached me on my events. Nobody else did that but him. He gave me the nickname Shake, I loved that. It made me feels special. I practically lived with him and my sister as a full time summer baby sitter. I have so many precious memories. He introduced me to jazz, my favorite genre. Rest well big brother, the coolest cat in Meadville.
Seth Maxwell Thomas
Jan 13, 2019
Cliff was the easiest man I ever met to have a conversation with. I could sit and talk with him about anything at all and the hours would just slip by. He treated me like I was his son from the first time I met him. The world is an emptier place without him.
Andrea Nicole Finley
Jan 13, 2019
I love you Grandpa! You will be truly missed! I can’t wait to tell Cayson about how strong and loving his great-grandfather was. Now we have another angel looking down on us.
Noah Brown
Jan 13, 2019
Such an amazing person, RIP Cliff, I'll always miss you!
Debra Corbett
Jan 13, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Troy and the entire family. Clifford is peacefully at rest, very sorry for their loss.
Emma Rae Thomas
Jan 13, 2019
I can’t possibly sum up all that this man meant to me in this one comment.

He was always my Father, at times he had to also be my mother, but mostly he was my dearest friend.

He always understood me and often loved me more than I loved myself.

He was my friend when no one called, my company when no one showed, and my heart when no one cared.

When I grew up, he loved my husband like a son, and always encouraged us both to be the very best versions of ourselves for each other.

Between the pumpkin pie only dinners when my mom was in the hospital, to him staging a fake Easter bunny outside in the woods that inadvertently terrified a young me, his larger than life persona filled me wi hope and the confidence to go into the world as the person he wanted me to be.

My heart is heavy with the loss of the father I was given by God and the close friend I discovered by Luck.

Thank you daddy, for everything you are and all that you’ve done.

I hope wherever you are, you get to know that I’ll always be your little girl.
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Jan 13, 2019
Isaiah 61:1-2
Betty Longo
Jan 12, 2019
My husband always said "if he could have a brother, Cliff would be it: They were the best of friends. They coached the 7th 8th grade football team in their days and were unbeatable. My family and I will always cherish the memories of Cliff. We all loved him.
Dominic Mottillo
Jan 12, 2019
RIP my friend, co-worker, and brother.Til we meet again Reddog .
Emma Rae Thomas
Jan 12, 2019