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 Clifton Kennedy Clinard

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Clifton Kennedy Clinard

US Army WW II, h/o Eva B.
String Bands in the North Carolina Piedmont
By Bob Carlin, Steve Terrill

"In 1936, Smith met guitarist Clifton Kinney "Cliff" Clinard (September 30, 1915-October 19, 2001) at the Trinity Fiddler's Convention. The two musicians hit it off immediately, and Clinard ended up playing with Odell until Cliff entered the military in 1941. Cliff Clinard had first heard music when he was growing up on a farm on the Old Greensboro Road north of Thomasville. His father, George Curtis Clinard (April 22, 1880-June 9, 1953) played guitar in a group which included Francis Everhart, Joseph Daniel "Joe" Wagner (November 10, 1877-May 23, 1951) and William L. "Will" McGee, all multi-instrumentalists. This band was typical of the time in that George Clinard and company provided the music for all the gatherings in the neighborhood. It was his mother's brother, Fleet Erastus Darr (November 8, 1900-August 18, 1958), who played a bit on a multitude of instruments, that started Cliff on the guitar around 1930. From then through the start of World War II, Cliff played for dances "from South Carolina to Virginia." Clinard worked in a glass factory in Thomasville in the early 1930's; he also was employed by the Shroup Mill Company while playing with Odell Smith.
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High Point Enterprise, Oct. 21, 2001

Clifton Clinard

THOMASVILLE - Clifton Kennedy Clinard, a resident of Britthaven of Davidson and formerly of Old Greensboro Road, died Oct. 19, 2001, at Britthaven of Davidson.

He was born in Davidson County on Sept. 30, 1915, to Curtis and Eunice Darr Clinard. He was a resident of the Fairview Community all his life. He was a veteran of World War II, serving four years in the U.S. Army. He was employed at Modern Carving until he retired. He is preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Beck; and two brothers, Lloyd and George Clinard.

On Dec. 24, 1947, he married the former Eva Bentley, who survives of the home. Also surviving are one daughter, Janet Gallimore and husband, Ray, of Thomasville; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Jones of Thomasville; and two grandchildren who were the love of his life, Kenny James Gallimore and April Lynn Gallimore.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at J.C. Green & Sons Chapel with the Rev. David Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m. and other times at the home. The family requests that memorials be made to Alzheimer's Disease Room, 153 Civitan Bldg., Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.
(submitted by Karen Clinard)


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  • Created by: Kathy Merris Mills
  • Added: 2 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17766832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clifton Kennedy Clinard (30 Sep 1915–19 Oct 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17766832, citing Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery, Thomasville, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Merris Mills (contributor 46610041) .