OBITUARY

Clifton Crocker Blade Jr.

January 25, 1938November 20, 2021
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Clifton Crocker Blade, Jr., of Atlanta, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 20th, 2021.

He was born on January 25th, 1938 in Hartford, Connecticut to Clifton Crocker Blade, Sr. and Gladys Evalyn Chambers.

One of four children, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after he graduated high school, serving from 1956-1980. While serving his nation he received; Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal w/6 stars, Meritorious Mast, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 stars, RVNMUC w/palm, and RVNMUC CivAct w/palm. His marriage to Bette Lou Bryant in 1959 produced three children; Bridgette Nelson, Debrielle (Ronald) Carr, and Terence (Berly) Blade. The Blade family traveled extensively throughout the United States during his military career, with Clifton honorably serving two tours in the Vietnam War. Clifton’s dedication to his country led to them being stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, providing his wife and children with unique cultural experiences. His last tour of duty was in Albany, Georgia, where he ultimately retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant and went on to teach at the Job Corp., then worked as a corrections officer at Lee County Correctional Facility. During this time he went to college for Sociology, later changing his major to Criminal Justice. He then settled in Atlanta, Georgia to raise his fourth child, Cedric Blade. Shortly after he had another daughter, Ciara. His final position in a storied career was that of personal driver for the President of Spelman College. This was a job that brought him great pride, and garnered the respect and friendship of all on campus. He was a spirited patriarch who enjoyed sharing stories, researching his family tree, and taking road trips in his camper with his youngest son. He was an American hero with a deep love for his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; Everett Freeman and Hilda Blade, and his wife, Bette Lou Blade.

In addition to his four children, he is survived by his brother Donald Freeman, his grandchildren; Derek, Devin, Isaa Hasaan, Tori, Kaitlyn, and Taylor, his great-grandchildren Elahn, Harvest, Creed, and Quest, as well as numerous other family and friends.

Please take time to leave your condolences to the Blade family or share memories of Clifton by visiting his memorial page at www.WhitleyGarner.com

Arrangements are entrusted with Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134 770-942-4246

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Germaine McAuley

November 29, 2021

Officer Blade was such an uplifting person. I enjoyed our conversations about so many things. He loved being the driver for Dr. Tatum and took pride in his work at Spelman. He was such a dapper person in his dress, his walk, and his talk. I am going to miss my friend. RIH, Officer Blade

Darlene Abernathy-Neely

November 27, 2021

As a student at Spelman College 1989-1993, Officer Blade was a supportive and protective father figure. His sincere dedication to the Spelman community was exceptional. I was an early childhood education major at the Spelman Early Childhood Center and I can remember helping to watch young Cedric at times when he was on campus. As years passed and I returned to campus for events, I always found time to locate Officer Blade to let him know what a special part he was in my Spelman experience! I recall our conversation about how he was proud to be the president’s personal driver. He was such a special light on campus!

curtis stevens

November 27, 2021

A great friend to me and my family - will be missed but not
forgotten. Cedrick. let us know if you need anything.
sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.
Curtis 1 & 2 - Andrea - Precious - Kelly

Eloise Alexis

November 25, 2021

Officer Blade, as we called him at Spelman, was the epitome of excellence. There was no assignment he couldn’t or wouldn’t take on. He honored and protected us all, and taught us how to honor and protect one another. From the President, to the faculty, staff, students and their families, he made a lasting impression on us all. His lessons and legacy will live on in our hearts and minds. Family, may you have abiding peace as you mourn his physical presence and celebrate his full and impactful life.

Thresa Gay

November 24, 2021

Mr. Blade was such a kind gentleman. He always had some advice, a warm smile and a hug for us at Spelman College. My condolences to Cedric and the rest of the family.

Joyce Thompkins

November 24, 2021

Sending special condolences to Officer Blade's family during this time. I knew him for several years at Spelman College. He was a remarkable, caring individual who loved being a driver for the president of the College. With my deepest sympathy and blessings to the family.

Debra Mayfield

November 22, 2021

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Blade Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

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