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Roger Lewis Cleveland
November 29, 1943 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Roger Lewis Cleveland, age 79, of Palestine, Texas, is now in the presence of our loving Lord and Savior. He passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, the 13th day of November 2023, just shy of his 80th birthday. Mr. Cleveland was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on the 29th day of November 1943, to parents Lewis Alvis Cleveland and Edith Mitchell Cleveland.
Mr. Cleveland was a proud graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. His passion for knowledge and his joy in imparting it led him to begin his career as a high school English teacher. He had a knack for making literature come alive for his students, often leaving a lasting impression on their lives. Later, he transitioned into sales, where his friendly demeanor and engaging personality served him well. His colleagues often noted that he had a natural ability to connect with people, making him a beloved figure in the workplace.
Beyond his professional life, Mr. Cleveland had a vibrant array of interests that reflected his zest for life. A keen golfer, he loved the thrill of competition and the camaraderie of the game. His memory was legendary; he could recount every hole and shot he made with vivid detail, much to the amusement of his golf buddies.
Mr. Cleveland was also known for his appreciation of the finer things in life. He was often seen enjoying a good cigar, paired with a margarita, as he reveled in the company of family and friends. His love for chess was another facet of his personality that drew people to him. He was a strategic player, always eager to engage in a friendly match, and his games were a favored pastime at family gatherings.
Family was the cornerstone of Mr. Cleveland's life. He was a devoted family man who cherished every moment spent with his loved ones. His eyes would light up whenever he spoke of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his pride in their achievements evident. His love for his family was reciprocated in kind, with his kin holding him in the highest regard, cherishing the warmth and wisdom he brought into their lives.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lewis Cleveland and Edith Faught.
Mr. Cleveland's passing leaves a void that will be hard to fill. His engaging personality, infectious laughter, and loving nature will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mr. Cleveland leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Martha Jane Cleveland; sons, Lewis Cleveland and wife Debbie, of Palestine, Texas, Randall Cleveland and wife Janine, of Palestine, Texas, Michael Cleveland and wife Gina, of Pensacola, Florida, and David Cleveland and wife Alecia, Birmingham, Alabama; brother, Nicky Faught and wife Debbie, of Huntsville, Alabama; ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many other family members and friends.
Mr. Cleveland will be cremated, and the family will have a celebration of life service at a later date.
Cremation services for Roger Lewis Cleveland are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.
Please visit Mr. Cleveland's online memorial tribute, where words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with his family.