Clifton Omega Moran

Clifton Omega Moran, a teacher of 28 years and avid nurseryman, went home to the Lord on June 18th, 2024. Cliff is survived by his wife, Ruby, daughter Melanie Moran, son Dr. Clifton O. Moran II and his wife Melinda, and two granddaughters Kate and Kara Moran.

Cliff was born on April 17th, 1928, to C.C. and Sarah Moran of High Point, North Carolina. He graduated from Jamestown High School, then attended High Point University until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served for two years, then continued his education at High Point University, graduating with two degrees, one in Social Studies and the other in Business Administration. He later earned a master’s in school counseling from Rollins College.

While taking continuing education courses in Central Florida he met the love of his life, Ruby K. Pugh of Brooksville, MS. They married on August 9th, 1964, and built a home in Orlando, Florida, where they lived their entire married lives together. In 1968 they adopted their first child, Melanie, an artist, founder of the charity, Backpacks of Hope, and an avid plant lover and gardener like her father.

In 1970 they had their second child, Skipper, who went on to get his master’s degree in theology from Yale Divinity, and his doctorate in education from Columbia University. He is currently the principal at McCulloch Intermediate School in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his two daughters, Kate and Kara, and his wife Melinda.

Cliff taught school in Orlando from 1957 until he retired in 1985. During his time with the Orange County Public Schools System he taught history, driver’s education, and was also a guidance counselor. He was a man of God, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as an avid plant lover and gardener. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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