‘First You Cry’ Jim Clingman, His Family, Their Faith and Their Fight


By: Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com)  – It was the perfect plan. After living in his native Cincinnati, Ohio for all of their 22 years of marriage, Sylvia and Jim Clingman were preparing to move to another state and start a new life. Mrs. Clingman, a neo- natal intensive care nurse manager, had accepted a new job at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C., one of the nation’s best cities for retirees, according to AARP. In the comfort of their new home in a beau- tiful quiet subdivision, Jim would continue writing his national “Blackonomics” column for weekly Black newspapers and serve as a consultant to his clients while also enjoying bicycling, one of his favorite

pass times, along the rolling hills of Greenville.b Kiah, their only child, was independent and away at college most of the time. The popular student leader and graduating senior at Howard University was focused on her career in adver- tising and marketing. “My goal was that we would enjoy a place where I’d anticipated, number one, starting a new life,” recalls Mrs. Clingman. “A warmer place, where I would take up some cycling with  him,  where  we would start our cycling together. Where we would grow old and start our downhill retirement at least enjoy being here together.” Having met Jim, who is 19 years older, more than two decades ago at a reception in her native city of Chicago, Sylvia was smitten by this distinguished gentleman. Even now, she seems to blush when she speaks of how debonair he is in a suit. “Jim is the only man to me who looks just fabulous and handsome in a suit. No one can wear a suit like Jim.” Though they only spoke a few minutes at that event where they met, he was obviously equally impressed. For more, refer to The Pensacola Voice.

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