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Clarence Herring Jr.
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Mr. Clarence Herring Jr. died Sept 4 in Rockdale County. The son of the late Clarence Herring Sr. and Justine Brown, he was born in East Orange, N.J., in 1943. Mr. Herring graduated from Automotive High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service. In 1972 he became a police officer with the Long Island Railroad, retiring in 1994 as a detective. He was a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and later worked for Jamaica Hospital as security guard and retired as director of security in 2005. He was married to Jacqueline Roberts and they had two children. He later married Paula Walker, adding four children to the Herring family. Mr. Herring had a kind spirit and a giving heart and was known for his unselfish acts and words of wisdom. During his retirement in Conyers, he enjoyed traveling, storm watching, home renovation, baby sitting, listening to books on tape and Doo Wop music and watching James Bond and Star Trek movies.

Surviving are wife Paula Herring; children Gregory Herring (Rochelle), Dawn Cummings-Eversley (Mieeh), Kelly Herring-Griffin (Joseph), Kenneth Cummings (Raquel), Kory Herring, Tiffany Charles, Kristen Clarke; grandchildren Michael Anthony, Andre, Roshanie, Kianie, Carissa, Khya, Mycaelah, N'Dera, Kenneth III, Savanna, Zalayah; special sister and friend Audrey Bailey and Donovan March; cousin Dorothy Stinson; in-laws Pauline Smith, Yvonne Roberts, Barbara Walker, Nathaniel Walker Sr., Joyce Daughtry, Francine Stokes, Gail Galloway, Pauline Brown-Walker, Gail Roberts, Crystal Walker Brown, Ronald Roberts, Nathaniel Walker Jr.; those he loved as his own children Joseph Reese, Brittany Coleman, Aston Allen, Keith Pakeman, Tanya Walker; other loving relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Springfield Baptist Church, Conyers, with Pastor Eric W. Lee Sr. and the Rev. Billie Cox officiating. Interment followed in Lawnwood Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The Covington News Sept. 14, 2008