Clifton Andrew Steele, 62, Rockingham, NC, passed on Friday, November 25, 2022. Funeral will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Leak Street Cultural Center, 1004 Leak Street Rockingham, NC. Public viewing will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, 12:00pm until 5:00pm at Nelson Funeral Home, 1021 E. Washington Street Rockingham, NC 28379. The family will receive friends and visitors at 696 Ledbetter Road, Rockingham, NC. Nelson Funeral Service is serving the family.
Clifton Andrew (Cliﬀ) Steele was born August 27, 1960 in
Rockingham N.C to the late Lonnie Steele Sr. and Beulah Gales
Steele. Cliff’s earthly journey ended on the afternoon of
November 25, 2022.
Clifton attended and grew up in Mt. Zion United Church of
Christ, where he sang in the choir. He was educated in
the Richmond County Schools, graduating from Richmond
Senior High School in June of 1978. While in school he
participated in several activities, but he would be best
remembered for his years as a member of RSHS chorus. After
graduation Clifton attended Fayetteville State University. While
there he sang with the FSU choir and competed in various
talent competitions. Cliﬀ later enlisted in the United States Air
Force. After two years he was awarded an honorable discharge
due to injuries sustained while serving.
After college and the Air Force Clifton returned to Rockingham
and became a member of Mt. Calvary MBC. He kept busy
doing church work including singing in the choir as well as
forming choirs. His greatest project was his beloved Full Faith
Gospel Choir. Clifton also lent his God given talent to
several churches and choirs whenever they called. His voice
was indescribable and he was known all over for singing “I
Clifton was everybody’s favorite uncle. He was the cool uncle
and he enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews. He also
enjoyed cooking and cleaning. He was hilarious and lit up
every room he entered. Clifton loved everyone but he would
deﬁnitely give you a piece of his mind if it was necessary.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers
Pastor Ricardo Steele Sr. and Victor Covington.
He leaves to cherish most precious memories: one sister Marsha
Steele of Rockingham; three brothers, Lonnie Steele Jr.
(Michelle) and Darrel Steele of Rockingham, and Benjamin
Steele of Clinton MD; a sister-in-law Sandra Covington
of Fayetteville NC; ten nieces and nephews; sixteen great nieces
and nephews; one Aunt Hattie Bell Mathis of Baltimore; one
best friend Adrian Worley of Baltimore, MD; and a host of
relatives and friends.