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Clifford R. (Cliff) Underwood

July 1, 1933 ~ December 17, 2021 (age 88)

Obituary

Live-Streaming of the PRIVATE memorial service for Clifford Ray Underwood of Russellville will begin at 2:00pm Friday, January 7, 2022, from Humphrey Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dr. Tony Griffin, and Dr. Larry Cole officiating.

Honorary pallbearers include Bill Murdoch, Koval Clutts, members of the Russellville Noon Rotary Club, and Colleagues from the United States Postal Service.                                       

The PUBLIC graveside service will also be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 3:30 pm at Center Valley Memorial Gardens at 2601 Center Valley Rd, Russellville, AR 72802.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center. 

Cliff passed away on 12-17-2021 at the age of 88.  He was born to Clarence and Edith Clark Underwood on July 1, 1933, in the town of Piggott, Arkansas and had one sister, Elaine. Their family was part of a large clan of Underwoods who were early settlers in the area.

Cliff is survived by a son, Larry Underwood & wife, Debbie of Sherwood, AR; daughter, Mary Kaye Campbell & husband, Vance Campbell of Indianapolis, IN; two grandchildren, Trey Conatser, of Lexington, KY and Lauren Underwood of Fayettevile, AR; a great-grandchild, Ruthie Rose Conatser of Lexington, KY; nephew, Mike Daffron of Jonesboro, AR and a niece, Denise Daffron Bader of Campbell, MO, And many first cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elizabeth Bowden Underwood and his second wife, Brenda Wood Underwood; his sister, Elaine Daffron, and niece, Tami Daffron

An outstanding athlete, Cliff played football with the Piggott High School Mohawks, however, he suffered a severe injury in his senior year which ended a promising collegiate athletic career.  He graduated from Arkansas Tech, earning an associate degree in Civil Engineering. It was there that he met and married Elizabeth Jane Bowden of Russellville. They had two children, Larry and Mary Kaye.

As a rural letter carrier beginning in 1956, Cliff saw his work with the U. S. Postal Service as a pathway of service to his fellow man and was attuned to the lives of the residents on his daily route.  He was loved and appreciated by the community for his service and long after his retirement he could still quote the address of the families to whom he carried the good and sometimes difficult news of the day.  In July of 1976, on Cliff's 43rd birthday he was officially appointed to the position of Post Master in Russellville and was also installed as President of the Russellville Noon Rotary Club.

Cliff was elected to the position of President of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Board in 1980, and he served for 18 years on the Board of Counseling Associates, including a four year term as President.  He was cited by the Arkansas Community Foundation in 1987 for his work in mental health.  He was a board member of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce and the Mt. Magazine B.S.A. Advisory Board.   He was also a member of the Arkansas Chapter of Postmasters and the Arkansas Municipal League, a Master Mason and member of the Scottish Rite Consistory.

After retirement, Cliff was elected to the Russellville City Council and served for 6 years, chairing the planning commission during a critical period of growth for the city.

He was a natural raconteur and emcee to dozens of banquets around the state, including conventions, roasts and toasts, and retirements, always bringing charm and good humor to the event.   As a talented amateur photographer, he documented the construction of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and its several Lock and Dam sites and enjoyed discussing the challenges of the project at various clubs in the area.  He especially enjoyed photographing the sunsets over Lake Dardanelle.  Cliff was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the American Brain Foundation, 201 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415.  Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.

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Services

Graveside Service
Friday
January 7, 2022

2:00 PM
Humphrey Funeral Chapel
2801 West Main
Russellville, AR 72801

Graveside Service
Friday
January 7, 2022

3:30 PM
Center Valley Memorial Gardens
2601 Center Valley Road
Russellville, AR 72802

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