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Wallace Lafayette Cliborne

June 30, 1939 — September 28, 2021

CLIBORNE, WALLACE LAFAYETTE
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Wallace was born on June 30, 1939, to Lafayette Morton Cliborne and Erma May Vaughan Cliborne Hite in Darvills, Dinwiddie County, Virginia. He was the last of their four children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Graham Morton Cliborne, Leonard Thomas Cliborne and Indie Jeraline Cliborne McCarty. He is survived by his two daughters, Crystal Lynn Cliborne Gilbert (Mark) of Southington, Connecticut and Sharon Faye Cliborne Keefer of King and Queen County, Virginia, step-children Ann Irby Roberts (David) of Powhatan, Virginia, and R. Lee Irby (Beth Forys) of St. Petersburg, Florida. He is also survived by grandchildren Ian Scott Wheeler, Ryan Skyland Wheeler (Lauren), Ashley Nicole Wheeler, and step grandchildren Ross Roberts (Angela), Kati Roberts, Iris Irby and Jay Irby. He has one great grandson, Connor Wheeler, and three step-great grandchildren. Wallace grew up in Petersburg, Virginia. On October 21, 1956, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves to begin his six month training after his graduation from high school. He completed his training at Parris Island on May 23, 1957, then went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After he had served his time in the Marine Corps, he returned home, met and married Brenda Mae Williams on December 30, 1961. In 1964, Wallace joined the Virginia State Police, where he served for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a Trooper for ten years, then became an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a member of the Tech Unit, then became an ASAC. He completed his service at the State Police Academy, where he implemented the Drug Enforcement Training Program. In his spare time, he pursued his education at Southside Community College and VCU as well as numerous law enforcement education and training programs. After enjoying retirement for eighteen months, he returned to State Police on a part time basis as a Background Investigator, where he performed background investigations on State Police applicants as well as applicants at other State agencies. He remained in that job for sixteen years. On December 11, 1990, Wallace married Lucretia Ann Carrico in Cumberland County, Virginia. They enjoyed water sports, travel, their beloved cats, their Gwynns Island summer home, yard sales and auctions, collecting antiques, and later their farm in Powhatan. Both loved books and art. Family was Wallace's priority and he enjoyed a close relationship with his family members. He especially enjoyed teaching the younger members to fish, boat, water ski, canoe, travel, shoot, and to value learning and service to our country. His State Police family was also dear to him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. All services will be private. Online condolences can be made at bennettbardenfh.com.
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