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Robert Louis Eldon Clingan, age 85

Robert Louis Eldon Clingan, 85, of Humnoke, AR, went to be with his Savior on Monday, February 27, 2023. He was born on September 19, 1937 in Snow Lake, AR to the late Jim Ed Clingan and Thelma Shannon Clingan.

At 15 years of age, he was a general farm hand working for his father in Pine Bluff, AR. He helped cultivate the land, assisted in harvesting crops such as cotton, corn, hays and occasionally fruit crops of apples and oranges by hand or with hand tools.

At 18 years of age, he enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed out of San Diego, CA, serving on the USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD717) for 3 years, 10 months, and 27 days. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal when released from active duty, and then served 3 more years in the Naval Reserve.

He worked for General Motors Assembly Division in South Gate, CA and was employed there 11 years, 4 months before moving his family to Montague, MI where he worked on a dairy farm until 1971. He moved his family to Humnoke, AR and eventually became employed by Riceland Foods in Stuttgart, AR until he retired in 2001.

Robert loved to hunt, and made sure if his sons shot any birds or animals that they cleaned, cooked, and ate them. He was known to torture his youngest daughter by making her tearfully hold pretty rabbits or squirrels while he skinned them! He also loved fishing and we had many family camping trips by the AR River at Tichnor. He loved to cook and one of his specialties was fried chocolate pies. He loved to whistle while cooking or helping in the kitchen. His favorite food had to be peanut butter mixed with syrup which he ate on hot buttered biscuits or toast. This was a daily part of his breakfast.

He loved laying on the floor to watch TV, sleep, or visit with family and friends. He would play outside with us; basketball, lawn darts, badminton, or catch. He was a generous man who helped people in need, but he was also a hard worker and expected others to do the same. One of the last conversations he had with Gwenda at the hospital had to do with work. She walked into his room and he said, “Are you here to work?” she said, “No, Sir” and he said, “Then get your ass out of here!” LOL

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Clingan, his son, Richard Canniff, his brothers, Tom, Joe, and David Clingan, his sister, Flossie Morrison.

He is survived by his sons, Billy Clingan of Tennessee, Dwayne (Cindy) Clingan of Conway, four daughters, Diane (Tony) Givens of California, Beth Shirley of Texas, Sandy Cullipher of Stuttgart, and Gwenda (Daniel) Williams of Damascus. He is also survived by his sisters, Twollie Brantley, Mattie Perkins, and Sally McVay. He is survived by 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 20 great- great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Redfield Cemetery in Redfield, AR


  • Audrey Raines Posted March 1, 2023 9:04 PM

    For you and the rest of the family I will continue to pray. May God bless each of you.

  • Rich (Richie) Canniff Posted March 2, 2023 6:18 AM

    My memories of grandpa… I will always remember that he never sat on any furniture when watching TV. He always chewed bubble gum and his King Edward cigars. He always had that tennis ball he would throw up to the ceiling while lying on his back. He made me liver and onions with bell peppers one time when staying the day with them. I actually ate it and liked it. I will always remember him taking me frog gigging and finding some crawfish with Uncle Billy. Those many memories of visiting and play in the pool are ones I will never forget. You will be greatly missed. Love ya!

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:40 AM

      Thank you for sharing your memories. I had forgotten about a few of those things. It is cool to see the different things that people remember and were special to them. We had a good funeral service last Saturday and the weather was good. I have some pictures of you when you were growing up that I found at dad’s house. If you send me your address, I’ll mail them to you.

  • Ed and Jane Meyers Posted March 2, 2023 9:40 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss. Continued prayers for you and your family for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Gail Jimerson Posted March 2, 2023 3:11 PM

    Prayers for you and your family.

  • Lorrie Lightfoot Posted March 2, 2023 3:26 PM

    Gwenda, I was so sorry to hear about you daddy. I’ve been praying for you and all your family. I love you and will continue to pray for you all.

  • Shannon K. Morris Posted March 2, 2023 7:30 PM

    I remember as a teenager coming over to play Dr. Mario on the NES with both grandma and grandpa… As grown man I came by often to listen to the many stories he had to tell… I will miss him so…

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:41 AM

      Thank you for coming to the funeral service. It was great to see you again.

  • Johnny R. Jones Jr. Posted March 2, 2023 8:23 PM

    Will be thinking an praying for y’all. I always thought good of Mr Clingan. Hard worker honest we need more like him not less

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:43 AM

      Thank you so much for remembering my dad.

  • Amanda Bolles Posted March 2, 2023 9:03 PM

    I will always remember holidays with my grandpa he was the best he always sat or laid on the floor witheither his cigar or pipe. I loved eating syrup and peanut butter on toast with him I still love it. Him and my grandma always made the holidays and summers in the pool special for me and my cousin and the family. Love you grandpa and aunt Gwenda I love his obituary.

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:45 AM

      Thank you for those memories. It was fun in the pool and I still remember how it smelled when he smoked his pipe. I think cherry tobacco was his favorite.

  • Amanda Bolles Posted March 2, 2023 9:15 PM

    My grandpa was the best you could always find him in his favorite spot either on the living room floor or sitting on the swing barefoot outside and with either his cigar or pipe. My grandparents always made holidays and summers by the pool special for us kids and the family. I remember him making syrup and peanut butter on toast it was one of my favorite things to eat still is. I know your with grandma and everyone but you will be missed. To my aunt Gwenda I love his obituary. R.I.P grandpa

  • mnking156@gmail,com Posted March 3, 2023 2:08 AM

    Ian so sorry for your loss I love you all I love Gwenda ,Billy and Dwayne especially They grew up next door May GodcBless you all

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:49 AM

      Thank you for coming to my dad’s house the day he was being taken to the hospital. It meant a lot to me. You were always such a great neighbor and I really appreciated you giving me a job as a teenager. I love you too

  • Phillip King Posted March 3, 2023 4:34 PM

    I’m sorry I want be able to attend the services in that I will be out of the country at that time. My prayers will be with you and your family.

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:50 AM

      Thank you reaching out to me through text and praying for our family during this time. I pray that your trip went well. His bless you.

  • Thomas Posted March 10, 2023 9:24 AM

    I love my uncle Eldon , me and him had alot of good times together hunting and fishing,with my dad and uncles David and Joe, also uncle Els boys Billy and Dewayne, i am looking forward to
    seeing him and aunt Mary again someday in heaven , i will miss him. Thomas

    • Gwenda Williams Posted March 14, 2023 11:59 AM

      It was so good to see you at my dad’s funeral. It has been too long since we were together and it is sad that it takes these types of occasions to bring family together. We will have a wonderful reunion someday.

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