Clifton R. Haywood
Published in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette on September 16, 2009
Clifton R. Haywood,
90, of O'Hara Township, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2009 in UPMC,
Presbyterian Hospital. A son of the late James and Catherine Guder Haywood,
he was born in Dunlevy on May 25, 1919.
Formerly of Lebanon, Missouri, he was a member of the Phillipsburg United
Methodist Church of Phillipsburg, MO, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
earned a 50 year member award from the F. & A. M. Laclede Lodge 83.
He retired at the rank of Master Sergeant after 22 years in the United
States Air Force, where he served as an intelligence specialist. His tours
of duty included service in many parts of the world including Africa,
France, Germany, Vietnam, Sardinia, Colorado, Hawaii and Alaska.
He earned many awards and commendations. While he was proud to have dedicated
a great deal of his life in service of his country, he also was passionate
about his interests in farming and sports.
He played and coached baseball in leagues across the United States and
around the world. He played in the Blue Ridge League, with the Baton Rouge
Red Sticks, with a Boeing-sponsored, semi-pro team and he was the coach/manager
for a triple A team. His ball career found him on the diamond with pros
such as Ernie Banks and Bob Porterfield.
Haywood had a zeal for life that he shared with everyone he met.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by his wife, Edythe Eloise Fawbush Haywood on
May 1, 2004, one sister, Mary Lou Sowden and three brothers, Melvin, Leland
and Richard Haywood.
Friends will be received 7 to 9 P.M. Thursday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL
HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, Funeral services
will be in the Funeral Home on Friday at 11:30 A.M.
Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dunlevy United Methodist Church
or Phillipsburg United Methodist Church. www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.