|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1891|
|Death: ||May 5, 1975|
Benjamin Oliver Clevenger was the son of Henry Carl Clevenger and Margaret Anne Stevens, his wife. He was born on the Grace farm near Chrisman, IL. and was always bragging that he was born in an area that had hills as opposed to the terrain of Indiana where his wife, Flonnie Bell Wright Clevenger was born. His mother, Margaret Anne Clevenger, having been alone for some years raising Benjamin and Iola Jane by herself, divorced Henry Carl Clevenger and married Zachariah Gorman in 1898 in Chrisman, IL. Zach was working at the Grace farm, as was Margaret Anne and Benjamin.
Benjamin entered the Army when he was just 17 with his mother's permission and found a real calling in the Army. He was a veteran of WWI and was stationed all over but remembered most fondly the time that the family spent in China. When they finally came stateside and bought their first home, it was covered with memorabilia and articles from China that they shipped home. He retired as a Master Sgt. and went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in Wilmington DE.
While his education was limited to the eighth grade, his son-in-law used to exclaim that he was one of the smartest men he had ever known. Mr. Clevenger was a can do man, since for all practical purposes, he could do just about anything he set his mind to. He was a prosperous garden farmer in Cloverdale where the Clevengers settled into retirement. He had a lot next to their house that produced extraordinary sized vegetables that he and Flonnie would put up as preserves. While they never entered their product in any county fairs, they were known by family and neighbors to have the best canned jams and preserves.
Ben loved animals and they loved him back. When he was up in years, he used to sit in front of the TV in an Lazy-boy rocker and tell stories. One of his favorite quips was that when he died, he wanted to come back as a dog, because they had such as easy life- petted, loved, fed and able to sleep whenever the mood struck.
Benjamin and Flonnie Clevenger had one daughter, Francella Delight Clevenger. She was the apple of their eye and was true to her name, a DELIGHT.
Henry Carl Clevenger (1868 - 1923)
Margaret Anne Stevens Gorman (1870 - 1953)
Flonnie Bell Wright Clevenger (1894 - 1996)
Francella Delight Clevenger Scofield (1924 - 1985)*
Benjamin Oliver Clevenger (1891 - 1975)
Iola Jane Clevenger Fisher (1893 - 1978)*
Benjamin & Flonnie Wright
1891-1975 & 1894-1996
Maintained by: Candee
Originally Created by: Jon Rice
Record added: May 07, 2010
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