By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Clifford Morris Story, age 93, passed away at Transition Life Care in Raleigh, NC, on Dec. 21, 2018. He was the son of the late Jefferson Alexander Story and Minnie McClanahan Story of Hartsville.

Clifford was born on Oct 20, 1925 in Macon County, Tennessee.  When he was one year of age his family moved to the Barthelia section of Trousdale County, Tennessee.  He continued to live there until he graduated from Trousdale County High School in 1944.  He received his high school diploma and a standing ovation, in a special presentation at the baccalaureate service, because he had to leave early on graduation day to report for active duty with the US Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. He was a tail gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress, flying out of Bury St. Edmunds, England.

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Upon discharge from the service he attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and received a B.S. in Forest Management from North Carolina State in 1951. He was employed by Carolina Power & Light Company for 38 years, where he retired being classified as System Forester.

In 1952, he married Doris Elaine Queen of Cleveland, who he met at UT. Shortly after marriage they became lifetime members of The Presbyterian Church.

He was predeceased by: Doris in 2002, daughter Sarah Ann Dear in 2010 and by his sibling, Clarence Albert Story and wife Leone Rankin of Hartsville. He is survived by: daughter, Mary Story Wells (Allen) of Charlotte, NC; son-in-law Arthur Dear of Cary, NC; son, John Alexander Story; granddaughter, Stephanie Gibson (Joshua) of Mt. Holly, NC; a niece and three nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, NC.

Interment beside Doris will follow, conducted by Bryan Lee in Raleigh’s Oakwood Cemetery.  The Family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. before the service at First Presbyterian Church at 112 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

It is suggested that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh or Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.