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Clifford Irving Drummond, Sr.

March 31, 1954 ~ August 21, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Clifford Drummond Obituary

Clifford Irving Drummond Sr., a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend, journey began on March 31, 1954. He was raised by his devoted parents, Idean and Delmar Buckner Jr. (preceded in death), in which he cherished the values instilled in him. Clifford left his earthly body to enter the heavenly realm August 21, 2021 due to complications during surgery.

Clifford embraced his role as the eldest brother with strength, grace, and responsibility. He carried this sense of duty and compassion throughout his life. Clifford has become the angel of his younger siblings Marian, Jerri, Agnes (preceded in death), Karen, Gary (preceded in death) Marquita, Bruce, Roxanne, and Angela. Along with Gerald, Carol, Marlene, Cheryl, King Jr., Maurnita, Sandra, Keith (preceded in death), Diane, Tyrone, and Dana.

During his formative years, Clifford's athletic mastery was evident. He was an outstanding athlete at Kirkwood High School, and became the first black quarterback in the district. He demonstrated his dedication and skill on and off the field. His excellence in sports not only brought him personal satisfaction but also taught him the values of teamwork and perseverance that he carried into adulthood. To many he was known as a coach, leader of leaders, avid reader, black historian, poet/writer, griot, and the friend of all friends. Clifford swore he should have been a member of The Temptations and could sing every part, both high and low notes.

His friendships date prior to kindergarten at Turner School in Meacham Park, paving the way for The Men of Distinction established 1985, a weekly men's breakfast club, and a monthly dinner club with Kirkwood High alumni. Clifford was a man of God and devoted his life to Christ, and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Webster Groves.

The importance of education led Clifford to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he pledged a lifelong brotherhood into Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated. The Kappa's became an extension of his family and achievement was a major component that he encouraged. Clifford also graduated with an Associate in Arts from St. Louis Community College-Meramec, a testament to his commitment to learning and personal growth.

He embarked on a professional journey that saw him contribute to various fields. His career path included several years at General American. Later taking on the role of Pit Boss on The Admiral Riverboat Casino, where his charisma and people skills truly shone. His interactions with colleagues and patrons alike were marked by his candor, kindness, and contagious laugh, making him a cherished member of the all communities. Clifford's drive and dedicated service led to his retirement from Job Corps. His work ethic left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of working with him.

"My Daddy", (what his children referred to him amongst each other), role of father was his most cherished, necessary, and proud assignment that he accepted. My Daddy was like no other, there is no father that exists in his likeness. His loyalty, his commitment and his honor to his tribe was one of a kind. He taught and expected togetherness, perseverance, respect and integrity. He boasted and bragged about his children. His children would say they are who they are because of him and he would say the same about them. He was the definition of fatherhood. He represented a household unlike many and wore it proudly. He was blessed with nine wonderful and divine children, Clifford Jr. (Maria), Gregory, Delmar (Missy), Adrian, Martin (Leanna), Mary (Michael), Joshua, Aria (Nicholas), and Diovanni; each a testament to his love, devotion, and unwavering support. His legacy lives on in their lives, and the lives of each of his grandchildren and the lessons he imparted to them. My Daddy was a father-figure to his grandkids, nieces, nephews, countless youth in Kirkwood, and his fatherhood has a worldwide reach.

Clifford Irving Drummond Sr. leaves behind a birthright of love, determination, and an unyielding commitment to family. His memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. As we bid farewell to the "Original Drama Boy" (his words), let us remember the lessons he taught us about the value of family, the importance of hard work, and the joy of embracing life's diverse experiences.


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Services

Wake
Thursday
August 31, 2023

5:30 PM
A.L. Beal Mortuary
4746 W. Florissant Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63115

Visitation
Friday
September 1, 2023

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Webster Groves
3251 South Brentwood Boulevard
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Funeral
Friday
September 1, 2023

11:00 AM to TBD
First Baptist Church of Webster Groves
3251 South Brentwood Boulevard
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Interment
Friday
September 1, 2023

1:00 PM
OAK Hill Cemetery
10301 Big Bend Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Repast
Friday
September 1, 2023

1:30 PM
First Baptist Church of Webster Groves
3251 South Brentwood Boulevard
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Life Celebration
Friday
September 1, 2023

6:00 PM
Crown Royal
324 Memphis Street
Kirkwood, MO 63122

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