Affectionately known as Cliff, Clifford Carmichael was the first of twelve children born to Frank and Gloris Carmichael on May 4, 1944, in Dillon, South Carolina. In 1963, he received his diploma from EE Smith High School, where he was an outstanding football player for the Golden Bulls. That same year, he was selected to play as a fullback in the All Star Shrine Bowl, and he also attended the March on Washington. His first job was at Bill Boswer’s restaurant in Fayetteville, NC as a cook. He also worked in a men’s clothing store, where he acquired his sense of fashion and style.
Clifford attended Fayetteville State University; however his education was interrupted by the war in Vietnam, where he served nobly. He continued his education after the war, graduating from Central Michigan University. He also attended Officer Candidate School with his late brother, Albert Carmichael, where they were both commissioned as lieutenants. Clifford served the military for 26 years in the Special Forces Unit and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). Prior to retiring, he was a ROTC instructor at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA with his final tour of duty at Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS. Following his retirement, he taught high school JROTC in Port Gibson, MS where he came to love mentoring young people and met his loving wife, Deberay Carmichael. Clifford and Deberay would have celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in December 2020.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gloris Carmichael, his sister, Pastor Francine GolsonBoddie, and brothers, Albert and Jackie Ray Carmichael (Angela Mills).
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Deberay, his adored stepdaughter KeAndrea Kelly, his stepson and best man 21 years ago,Charles Marshall (Peggy), and his adopted granddaughter Cassidy Carmichael, who he loved as his very own.
Also cherishing his memories, are his five brothers: Frank Milton Carmichael Jr., Attorney Eugene Carmichael, Andrew Carmichael (Shandreika), all of Fayetteville, NC, Gerald Carmichael (Stephanie) of Lithonia, GA, and Jerry Carmichael (Angela) of Rocky Mount, NC and four sisters:Elister Grace Harris (Calvin), Esther Lockett, and Gloria Mills, all of Fayetteville, NC, and Alice McPherson (Walter) of Dunn, NC and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, classmates and friends.
Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, September 04, 2020 at 10 at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Bragg.
A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-7pm.
Arrangements by Herring Funeral Care & Cremations.
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