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 Clifford Albert “Cliff” Brumley

Clifford Albert “Cliff” Brumley

Charleston, Mississippi County, Missouri, USA
Death 1 Apr 2005 (aged 74)
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section 13, Lot #176a
Memorial ID 29056887 · View Source
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When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind, even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. ~Cadmus

Cliff is the eldest son of four children (2 brothers, 1 sister). He was known as "Buddy" to his family of origin. He is the father of a son and daughter and the grandfather of two boys and two girls.

Clifford Albert Brumley was born in Charleston, Mo., on Jan 29, 1931, the eldest son of the late Albert Allen and Alberta Vowels Brumley. He attended St. Henry's Catholic School and served the parish as an acolyte. He attended Charleston High School, where he earned an athletic letter in football as a halfback for the Charleston Blue Jays. Following graduation in 1949, he entered college at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., where he majored in psychology. He interrupted his studies to enlist in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 31, 1951. He served in Kodiak, Alaska, and Guam, Marianas Islands.

During a thirty day leave, his sister and her friend arranged a blind date between their younger siblings. The two got along well and exchanged letters for the remainder of Cliff's service. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Aug. 24, 1955. He and Mary Louise Ferrell, youngest daughter of Ercy Earl and Mary Velda (Alley) Ferrell, were married at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Charleston on Jan. 14, 1956. They moved to Columbia, Mo., where Cliff resumed his studies at the University of Missouri and Mary Lou worked as a secretary.

Their eldest child and only daughter, Jeanne Lynn, was born in Columbia on May 28, 1957. Cliff completed his B.S. in psychology in December 1957. The family moved to St. Louis in January 1958, where Cliff accepted a position in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank and enrolled at Washington University in pursuit of a master's degree in economics. Mary Lou was employed as a secretary at Brown Shoe Company. In 1961, they relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where Cliff was employed in the Human Resources Department at Allstate Insurance Co., and Mary Lou became a stay-at-home mom. Their second child and only son, John Blair, was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Jan. 19, 1963.

The family moved to Paducah, Ky. that same year, and the couple became partners with Mary Lou's sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Harold Elliott, in the women's retail clothing business. The original Jeanne Elliott Shoppe was located in Mayfield, Ky. The young couple managed the second store at 522 Broadway in Paducah. In time they purchased the Paducah location and renamed the store "The Brumleys". They subsequently opened a second and third store, all in Paducah.

Cliff was elected to the Paducah City Commission in 1973. He served two terms, acting as mayor pro-tem in the second term. He was a member of the board of directors of the Paducah Bank from January 1972 to June 1979. He served as a member of the Paducah Housing Authority Board from October 1982 to February 1992.

In a tragic turn of events, Cliff's beloved Lou was stricken by a cerebral aneurysm on Jan. 6, 1975. She died at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah on Jan. 13, 1975, the eve of their nineteenth wedding anniversary. She was 39 years old. Her funeral was held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paducah. She was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Paducah.

In his later life, Cliff spent a number of years traveling around the country, working as an independent business consultant. He was diagnosed with diabetes in December 1997 and leukemia in December 2001. In keeping with his strong desire and ability to continue working, he purchased a home and moved to Little Rock, Ark., in June 2004 to launch Mid-South Equities Corp. with a business partner. He was able to manage both diseases well and maintain his lifestyle until October 2004.

Cliff is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Robert Beckman of St. Louis, Mo.; his son and daughter-in-law, Blair and Kristin Brumley of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren Blake, Katherine, Brock, and Kennedi Brumley, all of Minneapolis; brother and sister-in-law Gerald Lee and Ruth Brumley of Hot Springs, Ark.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His sister, Dorothy Ann, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home, 120 Memorial Dr., Paducah, Ky. Funeral services will also be held at Milner & Orr Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Paducah.

Expressions of sympathy make take the form of floral tributes or memorial contributions to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605, (914) 949-5213,; or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116, 1-800-diabetes, or your local chapter of these organizations.

printed in The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 29056887
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clifford Albert “Cliff” Brumley (29 Jan 1931–1 Apr 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29056887, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Lynn (contributor 47035119) .