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Clifford Loring Bebout, 84 of Grant St. in Newell passed away at the East Liverpool City Hospital on Sunday, August 25, 2019, following an extended battle with cancer.
Born on the family homestead in the hills of Chester, WV., on July 2, 1935, he was a son of the late Wilbur S. and Eugenia L. Newlun Bebout.
Cliff graduated from Chester High School in 1954. In 1956, he entered the US Air Force and served on active duty until 1960, when he entered the Air Force Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1963. Cliff had a long and varied work career, He worked for the Chester Post Office from 1661 to 1963, in 1964 he began working at Crucible Steel in Midland. Following a brief stint with the Chester Police Department in the early ‘60s, Cliff began a long and honored career in law enforcement with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in 1973. He retired as a Sargent in 2000, after also serving for several years as a Bailiff in the Hancock County Courts. He was a member of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association where he served as the state Chaplin. Following his retirement from the Sheriff’s department, Cliff went to work at the Outlet at the Homer Laughlin China Company, where he worked for several more years. A lifelong Christian, he felt like he finally found his calling when he began attending the Christian Assembly in Ohioville, he and his late wife Susan instantly became a part of the church family that they loved so much.
Cliff leaves many loving family members, his children, Corda “Corky” Walker and her husband, Kenny of St. Francisville, LA., Steve Harless and his wife Jackie of Decorah, Iowa, and Joseph G. Geisse IV and his wife Vicky of Chester; his brother, Donald Bebout of Brookfield, FL.; his sisters, June Gattrell of East Liverpool, Kay Starr and her husband John of Chester, and Linda Thompson of New Cumberland; seven grandchildren, Zach, Luke, Nick, Megan, Amanda, Evan, and Gavin; and eight great-grandchildren. Also, he leaves very close family friends, Shane, and Danielle Timmons, as well as many wonderful neighbors and friends. Cliff was a caring a compassionate pet owner, he had many loving dogs over the years.
On December 21, 2018, he suffered the loss of his best friend and wife, Susan M. Bebout, they were married on September 26, 1975. Also, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Bebout; one sister, Kathleen Smith; his stepson, Danny Heizler; and his parents.
Cliff’s Pastor, William Anzevino will celebrate his life at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. He then will be laid to rest with his late wife Susan at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Chester, where the Air Force Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 121 and VFW Post 6450 Honor Guard will give full military honors. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.