|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1894|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1996|
Flonnie Bell Wright was born in her parent's log cabin located in Manhattan, Putnam County, Indiana. She was the first born twin. Her sister, Flossie Dell Wright was born significantly smaller and was totally unexpected. Flossie died within the week and is buried in Manhattan next to her parents. While Flonnie was the only surviving child of Tarvin Cougill Wright and Mary Etta Trester Wright, she had 5 half siblings from Tarvin Cougill Wright's first marriage to Salina Tabor.
Flonnie Bell Wright married Benjamin Oliver Clevenger, a private in the Army at Chattanooga, TN on 6 August 1917. They lived in many places- China, Hawaii, Salt Lake City, New Jersey, Wilmington, DE and Decatur, IL before settling down in Cloverdale, Indiana where they remained married until Benjamin's death in 1975. She lived in a big old Victorian house, which she was proud to say was the first home they had owned and therefore was referred to as the "little old lady on Vinegar Hill". Everyone who knew the couple would exclaim that they were devoted to one another. After Ben's death, Flonnie stayed in Cloverdale, playing bridge, and attending church. In the remaining couple years of her life, Flonnie was a resident in the Veteran's home in West Lafayette where she passed away at the age of 102. A lovelier woman you may never meet, as anyone will tell you she was a devout Christian and a beloved mother, grandmother and wife.
The Orange Leader obit Feb. 6, 1996:
Cloverdale, Ind - Flonnie Clevenger 101, of Cloverdale Ind. a former Orange resident, died Feb. 1, in Cloverdale.
Funeral arrangements were handled in Cloverdale.
She was born in a log cabin in Cloverdale. She and her late husband were stationed in Hawaii, the Philippines and China during his 30 year career in the U. S. Army, which included a stint on the Manhattan Project.
While living in Orange she helped found the Large Print Branch for the blind with the Orange Public Library. Survivors include her son-in-law, E. L. (Ted) Scofield III, three grandchildren, John Scofield of Orange, Shawn Scofield of Austin and Candee Hoff of Winnetka, IL and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the Large Print Branch Library for the blind with the Orange Public Library, 220. N. Fifth St, Orange, TX 77630."
Tarvin Cougill Wright (1849 - 1920)
Mary Etta Trester Wright (1859 - 1933)
Benjamin Oliver Clevenger (1891 - 1975)*
Francella Delight Clevenger Scofield (1924 - 1985)*
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Originally Created by: Jon Rice
Record added: May 07, 2010
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Flonnie Bell Wright Clevenger was my grandmother and the most wonderful woman I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She embodied all the graciousness, kindness, and loveliness that the name GRANDMOTHER signifies. Flonnie was the only child of the unio...(Read more)|
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