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Joseph Clifford Webb
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre © Chapman Black Funeral Home

Joseph Clifford Webb passed away on Monday, October 20, 2008 at the Pawhuska Nursing Home at the age of sixty-three.

Clifford was born May 14, 1945 in Maramec, Oklahoma. He was the son of Joseph and Georgia Evans Webb.

He moved with his family at an early age to Cleveland where he was raised and attended school. At the age of eleven due to a developmental disability, Clifford was sent to a state school in Enid. Upon his release two years later, he returned as a shy young man and almost withdrawn.

Over the years, and especially after moving from Cleveland to Pawhuska following the death of his mother in 1984, he began to enjoy life more as he became known in the Pawhuska community as the "gentle giant."

He was taught as a young man by his mother to take care of himself and stay to himself and he'd have no problems. Additionally, he was taught to take care of his money and he was known for searching for the best bargains in groceries. He could always tell to the penny if he was been taken advantage of.

Over the years, Clifford could often be seen pushing his shopping cart around, using the cart for balance, as he would go to and from the grocery store and yard sales. He was also known as a treasure hunter, as he always enjoyed finding bargains wherever he could come across them.

His nickname, the gentle giant, came from his disposition and size, a man 7-foot-2 and weighing 350 pounds.

In 2003, volunteers from his home town Pawhuska, built Clifford a new home and paid for it through donations and fund raisers. The one room house was built by dozens of volunteer workers; especially church groups from the First Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Bible Church, Calvary Baptist and the Nazarene in Pawhuska.

Recently, Clifford was provided a motorized cart, which enabled him to continue to travel freely in the community after having surgery on his feet, required from his ongoing battle with diabetes.

Clifford was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Pawhuska.

He was proud of the home provided to him by the community of Pawhuska and the many knick-knacks he had accumulated in his treasure hunts throughout the years.

He is survived by two sisters, Ruby Moss of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; and Ruth Poutler of Hallett, Oklahoma; a nephew, Charles David "Chuck" Moss, II of Cleveland, Oklahoma; three nieces, Emily Clark of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; Kathy Burcik of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Jeana Farrar of Hallett, Oklahoma; as well as numerous great neices and nephews and other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Following cremation under the supervision of the Chapman-Black Funeral Home, a memorial service was held at the First Assembly of God Church in Pawhuska at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2008.

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