Clifford Smith

Clifford D. Smith

Sunday, October 6th, 1940 - Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
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Clifford D. Smith, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 after losing a courageous 15-year battle against multiple cancers of the bladder, colon, duodenum, and stomach. His loving family was continually by his side during his final days. Born October 6, 1940 in Huntingdon, PA, he was the son of the late Edna M. Shugarts Smith and Jesse C. Smith.

After joining the US Army in 1958, he served for 26 years at various posts, camps, and stations across the U.S. and overseas including two combat tours in Vietnam. Upon retiring from active military service as a Master Sergeant (E8), he began his second career as a civilian working for the Department of the Army at Fort Ritchie, MD, and later enjoying his second retirement from the government at Fort Detrick, MD.

In addition to his parents, Cliff was preceded in death by his brothers Cloyd and Richard Smith and his best friend and fishing buddy Tony Pollicino. He is survived by his wife Carmen, one brother Donald Smith (Alexandria, PA) and four sisters – Patricia Barrick (Monroe Township, NJ), Leavonna Colpetzer (Tyrone, PA), Carol Pollicino (Mapleton Depot, PA), and Phyllis Hamilton (husband Donald), Watseka, IL. He is also survived by his children, Cheryl Smith, Bonnie Robinson (husband Matt), Wade Keesee (fiancé Virginia Dale), Steven Smith, Brad Keesee (wife Stacey) and Trena Tharp (husband Kevin), his grandchildren Crystal, John William, Jacob, Kennedie, Kayla, and Caitlynn, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.

Cliff was the nicest, most kind-hearted man you’d ever get to meet. He was a caring soul who was always there to help, with a ready smile and kind word for everyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Stacey Valentine Keesee

Posted at 07:57pm
From Trena Tharp:

Rest In Peace Dad. 💔 I can only imagine how beautiful the celebrations are in Heaven on Christmas Day. You will be terribly missed, but we are comforted knowing you are cancer free now and not in pain. You endured more than any person deserved, but you were always more worried about everyone else. I am so lucky to have had you and I will forever be grateful for the family that you made me a part of. Like you said, I’ll see you on the other side. Until then, I hope there is grass to maintain and fish to be caught! Fly high❤️

Stacey Valentine Keesee

Posted at 07:56pm
From Kayla Smith

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas but I want to wish a very special person a personal Merry Christmas. Grandpa, you made it and we’re all so thankful that you did. You were and still are the bravest man and the strongest I know. To battle cancer it takes a very strong person with an unbelievable amount of strength and you did that until the very end. As you spend your Christmas in heaven Just know we are all down here thinking about you. I love you and Rest In Peace❤️ 12-25-19🙏🏼

Jack Cain

Posted at 09:31pm
Cliff was a man whom began his interactions with me, not long after I moved to the area. He would often wave to me, when I drove past his house. After enough time had passed, Halloween was upon us in 2014, and my child and I made our patrol of the neighborhood. Cliff and Carmen were so engaging and genuinely happy to interact with us and the other neighbors whom were out for the holiday. I knew these were special folks to be sure !
Over that first year, I took it as standard practice, to stop by every so often, if Cliff was out doing work in his yard (as he often did, even up until this fall) ! He and I always enjoyed talking about life in central Pa., his Dodge pickup, and anything else we could muster into a talk session. He and I had good conversations and I learned more of his life over these last 5 years. He embodied what a typical, central Pennsylvania, Steeler loving, Army guy should be and became a welcomed friend to my child and I.

What I will cherish and miss most about Cliff are: his humorous manner, his welcoming voice, and his ability to put wise perspective on our conversations. I have been praying for his victory versus his fight with illness the last few years, and shall pray for him to find peace, bliss, and company among his friends, family, and animal companions, in his next journey. God bless this great gentleman ! People like Cliff give me some hope in the world, and I am honored to have known him. Jack Kane

Joe Bowman

Posted at 04:14pm
I used to live in the same development as Cliff and Carmen. He was always willing to help others. Cliff always kept his yard in perfect condition. Prayers to your family.

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