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Well-Known Area Business Owner Passes Away

Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

5d96280c947dcClifford C. Hovis, 84, of Clintonville, passed away October 2, 2019, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Cliff was born in Clintonville on November 10, 1934, he was the son of the late Curtis D. Hovis and Cora Faye Martin Hovis.

Cliff graduated from Grove City High School. He married Judy Black on December 7, 1963. Together the couple had two sons Clifford J. and Curtis D. Hovis.

Upon graduating high school in 1952, Cliff joined his brother Pershing in business. He later ventured on his own to start Hovis Auto Supply.

Cliff enjoyed spending his time running tow trucks and up until a month ago could still be found keeping his eye on things in the Emlenton store. Cliff was always humbled when he would hear how his business had grown to 17 locations and over 450 employees.

Although Cliff loved to work, his family was always first. He adored his grandchildren and always looked forward to family get togethers. He never left without telling his family “I love you” and how proud he was of them.

Cliff was a great source of wisdom for his children in regards to business, one of his favorite pieces of advice was “Do whatever you want, but don’t make a mistake.” Cliff and his wife Judy took pride in their old stone house where they lived for nearly 55 years. Cliff attended the Union Presbyterian Church in Clintonville.

Loved ones left to cherish his memory is his wife Judy Hovis of Clintonville, his sons Clifford J. “Kip” Hovis and his wife Lynn of Grove City and Curtis D. Hovis and his wife Kristen of Grove City. His sister Ann Redfoot and her husband Pat of Harrisville and a sister in law Genevieve Hovis of Kennerdell. Cliff’s grandchildren; Clifford David Hovis and his wife Addie, Grace Hovis, Jacqueline Hovis, Nichole Hovis, Curtis Christian Hovis and Brooke Hovis. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Opal Sexton, Verla Gill and Betty Snyder. His brothers William “Jack” Hovis, Pershing “Punch” Hovis, David Hovis and Herbert “Herb” Hovis.

Family will receive friends at the Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton Street, Clintonville PA on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will take place at the Union Presbyterian Church, 409 Emlenton Street, Clintonville, PA, on Monday October 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with an hour of visitation prior to the funeral service. Rev. Mark Frailey will be officiating the service.

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