Clifford Franklin Wise, 64, of Morganton, NC passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2010 following a lengthy illness. Born in Avery Co., NC on May 26, 1946, he was the son of Jessie Grindstaff Wise and the late Stokes Avery Wise. Clifford was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He was employed as a supervisor at Duralee Fine Furniture of Morganton. Clifford was a former Burke County Commissioner as well as a former member of the Board of Trustees at Western Piedmont Community College.He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Wright Wise of the home; a daughter, Robin Wise Deitz and husband, Howard, of Morganton; a sister, Vivian Wise Mace and husband, Rev. Billy Mace, of Morganton; and grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, and Abigail Deitz.In addition to his father, Clifford was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Nichols, and a brother, Glen Wise.The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, August 9, 2010 at Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro, NC with Reverends Billy Mace and Howard Deitz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Office Mgr., 4-A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407.

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