Alonzo Perkins ,59, affectionately known to everyone by his middle name, Clifford, was born to Katie Katherine Perkins and Curtis N.L. Richardson in Waukegan, IL. Clifford moved to Florence, Alabama as a toddler under the care of his maternal grandparents, the late A.Z. Perkins, Sr. and the late Johnnie B. Perkins. Clifford graduated from Coffee High School in 1980. He then went on to work for the University of North Alabama for 20+ years. Clifford was known for many things from tinting windows, handyman work and yard maintenance. If ever you needed him, all you had to do was ask and the answer was always yes. You always knew that if you were to ride down Mobile St., you would be sure to see him either on the porch or close by on the hill…watching you. Clifford had an artistic talent that was out of this world and if you wanted to get him to dress up, his idea was heavily starched jeans, a t-shirt and white tennis shoes where he STILL used old school white shoe polish. Clifford’s sense of humor will be missed most of all.
Clifford leaves to cherish his memory 2 sisters, Kim (Du’ane) Shipp of Houston, TX and Jennifer Perkins-McMillian of College Park, GA; 2 aunts, Annie Bullitt and Ella Davis of Waukegan; a very special great-aunt, Lillian (Bay) Thompson of Florence, AL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends including special mentioned cousins Paul and Red. Clifford also had siblings and relatives on his father’s side but all information is not available at this time.
Clifford was preceded in death by his mother and father, his maternal grand-parents, his maternal great-grandparents, his uncle, A.Z. Perkins, Jr. and his brother, Jessie Perkins, Sr.