To plant a seed in one's heart...to root it in love...
To nourish it with time spent together...
Yields a blossom that will flourish forever.
Clarence Yarbrough was born on November 3, 1931, in Lake Providence, Louisiana to his parents, Henry Yarbrough and Alice Webb Yarbrough. He was raised surrounded by his brother, Otis and his sister, Flossie. When Clarence was seven years old, his mother died and he was then raised by his stepmother, Jessie Yarbrough, who then was referred to as "mother' by everyone in the family.
Clarence received his formal education in Pine-bluff, Arkansas by attending the St. Peters High School. He later furthered his education by attending Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, Colorado completing a course in Mechanical Engineering. On May 18, 1953, Clarence enlisted in the United Army. He served with honor and distinction during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged at the rank of a Specialist 4. He also was known as “ The Tiger” for the US Army.
Clarence united in holy matrimony to Nordine H.Y. Garrett in Denver, Colorado . To this union, Desire, Randy, Rodgers, and Reggie were born. He was later blessed with six grandchildren, Bennie, Jason, Rajon, Channel, Reebie, and Rajanee. They lovingly called him "grandpa" and fondly remember all the happy and precious moments they shared together. He was also blessed to have nine great-grandchildren
By profession, Clarence was an over the road Truck Driver. He worked for Mayflower and Gray Moving and Storage Companies. He also was the owner/operator of his own semi-truck. He loved the sense of freedom that was afforded to him. He retired after working in the industry for over thirty years. He then became employed by the Albertsons Grocery chain and worked another ten years before retiring again.
Clarence was a fun-loving man, who enjoyed life and those he encircled.
In his free time, he enjoyed playing for the Colorado Senior Semi-Professional Softball League, bowling, and spending quality time with family and friends. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this kind and wonderful man. To know Clarence was to love him.
Clarence Yarbrough departed this life on October 17, 2022, in Aurora, Col-orado. Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include 1 daughter, Desire M. Yarbrough (Douglas Draper); 3 sons, Randy (Katina) Yarbrough, Rodgers (Kathy) Yarbrough, and Reggie (Debbie) Yarbrough; 1 brother, Otis (Nia) Yarbrough; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grand-children; 2 nieces, Vanessa (Randalle) Fields and Stephanie Yarbrough-Young; and a host of cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Don't think of him as gone away, his journey has just begun. Life holds so many facets this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting from the sorrows, the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days or years. For nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.