Cleophus "Duke" Gilford Jr, 53 Youngstown, departed this life on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness.
Cleophus "Duke" Gilford Jr. was born May 18, 1968 of 1400 Springdale Ave. #118 Youngstown, Ohio was the eldest son of Mr. Cleophus Gilford Sr., and Mrs. WillaDean Evans Gilford. He attended The Rayen High School graduating in 1987, "The Nation". Duke also was a great running back for The Rayen High School football team. In his early years he was employed by Stamberg Golf Course and later in life he was employed by Callex, also Starr Fab. He enjoyed watching movies and football, He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Duke loved listening to music such as West Coast Funkadelic and Rap music. He enjoyed being with his family and friends laughing and having fun. He will dearly be missed. WE LOVE YOU DUKE!!!!
He is survived by his only son Daniel Neely, 2 grandchildren; Daniel Neely Jr., and Ariel M. Neely, 3 sisters; Darla White, Betty Gilford, and Trina HIll, a brother; Greg (Aeisha) Gilford, also best friend; Mr. Brian Moore, cousins; Morris "Juice" Evans, Sam Boone and Andre Evans.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents; Mr and Mrs. Harrison and Idella Evans, and a great nephew Jace L. Hill who departed this life on December 7, 2021.
Funeral service was Wednesday, December 21, 2021 at 4 pm at the F. D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
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