The Psalmist wrote, "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15. Why precious? Jesus said it best: "He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him. ..." (John 14:21).
On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, Clifford Lee McCracken realized the promise of his Lord, and Savior, "... if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:3).
Clifford, 90, was born Sept. 30, 1923, to Enloe L. and Imo R. McCracken of Avis. Responding by faith to Jesus' promise, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28), Clifford was born anew by God's saving grace as a young man. He realized the transformation of life that the Spirit of God gives to those He calls to a life of faith and hope in God.
Cliff attended Avis High School and later married his sweetheart, Fay Elizabeth Lowe. They relocated to Williamsport soon after their marriage. They became members of Memorial Baptist Church where they were well-loved for their vocal duets. Cliff served as a deacon, choir member, mission committee member, and Sunday School teacher. He remained a member of that church for sixty five years until his death.
Cliff's community service included serving as a director of the South Williamsport Area School board in the late nineteen fifties thru late sixties.
In 2002, Cliff and Fay moved from their home on Spring St., DuBoistown to Shippensburg, where they lived with Lorri and Michael Carey and family. For the last year Cliff resided at Manor Care, Carlisle.
After years of declining health, Cliff ceased from his struggles and inherited God's promise, "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;" "... Now we who have believed enter that rest. ..." (Hebrews 4:3,9)
Cliff precedes to Heaven his five children: Donna and Fred Leuck, of Lapeer, Mich., Vicki and Robert Winter Jr., of Newtown Square, Alan and Toni McCracken, of Bel Air, Md., Lorri and Michael Carey, of Shippensburg, and Kevin and Anne McCracken, of Lititz.
Cliff's legacy includes thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren, many of whom have trusted Christ for salvation and will one day be reunited with him in glory. In addition to his parents, Cliff was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth McCracken, and two sisters, Margaret McCracken Strayer and Betty McCracken Sherriff. He is survived by his elder brother, Hobart and wife, Marian McCracken, of LaPorte.
Friends are invited to join the family in honoring the memory of Cliff at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. and a memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Woolrich.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in memory of Cliff to Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run, PA 17771, or Pregnancy Resource Center of Lapeer, 1715 Imlay City Road, Lapeer, MI 48446.