Edward Thomas Clinkscale Sr.

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The Patriarch of the Clinkscale Family, Mr. Edward Thomas Clinkscale, Sr., was born January 21, 1935 in Youngstown, Ohio, to John and Ida Lee Clinkscale.

He transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at the age of 88 after an extended illness.

Edward T. Clinkscale was employed by the U.S. Steel Company in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the first black operator and a top performer, breaking records for dumping railroad cars and not missing days of work. He retired after 30 years, but continued working for the U.S. Postal Service, and as an independent janitorial services contractor.

Mr. Clinkscale comes from a family of ministers and maintained a strong Christian faith. He was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio where he served as a trustee, member of the men’s choir, and the Brotherhood Club. One of his favorite motivational scriptures was Colossians 3:23-24 “Do your best and let God do the rest”.

He was a great storyteller and desired to become a writer.

Mr. Clinkscale’s love and dedication to his family was evident by the joy he found in their company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ida Lee Clinkscale; his siblings, Henry Clinkscale, Roscoe Clinkscale, Leroy Clinkscale, Naomi Parm; his wife Margaret J. Clinkscale who he loved dearly; his bonus son Gregory Wayne Croft, and his first wife, Lillie Taylor Clinkscale.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories that will be cherished forever by his family and friends.

He is survived by his six children, Edward (Shermanetta) Clinkscale Jr., Sherry (Alfred) Richards, Rose Clinkscale Weston, Lillie Clinkscale, Lonnie (Dawn) Clinkscale, and Elisa (Kenneth) Tate; his bonus children, Kimberly (Doni) Thornton, Gary (Adrienne) Croft; 12 grandchildren , Edward III, Chiffon, Samona, Ronnell, Tasha, Jovan, Jasmine, Jamaica, Joy, Felisha, Lonnette, Crystal; and a host of great, great grand children, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Words cannot convey the gratitude and appreciation for his granddaughter, Felisha (George) White, his home health care aid Ziporah Mbugua, and so many others who contributed to his daily care.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Monday, July 3, 2023 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 1210 Himrod Ave.. Interment at Todd Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.. Columbus, Ohio. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The CLINKSCALE Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

Condolence Messages

  1. John & Denise Washington

    Kenneth and Elisa Tate our dear friends, we offer our condolences to the Clinkscale family of Mr. Edward T. Clinkscale Sr. Elisa, we are so sorry for your loss. We know that you were very close to your father. We continue to pray for your peace and comfort, and in our hearts, you all remain.

  2. Dawn E Clinkscale

    Eddie Jr., Sherry, Rose, Lillie, Lonnie and Elisa, I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to be with you all as you mourn the loss of you father. I know these last few months have been particularly difficult as you each took time to spend time with him. Please know that I, along with many other of your other extended family & friends have been praying and will continue to pray that the peace of God be with you all as you process the loss of your father- with my deepest sympathies – Dawn

  3. Dear Sherry, and Elisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family as you mourn the loss of your beloved father.

    In great love with my deepest sympathies –

  4. I am sorry I wasn’t able to make the service. I have great memories of talking with uncle Eddie at the post office and being with him and my day(Leroy) love you family see you soon

  5. George & Jewel Barber

    My family sends our condolences to the entire Clinkscsle family.

    George & Jewel Barber

  6. Natalie Robbins-Foster

    To Rose and Family sorry for your loss sending Condolence and prayers. from Natalie Robbins-Foster and Edwina Robbins Winphrie.

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