Mrs. Clarine Mickey Borden began life’s journey in Sylacauga, Alabama on May 10, 1951 to the late Paul
and Caldonia Mickey. She was immersed in a Christian community that would be her lifelong support.
At an early age, she accepted Christ and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She later joined
Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she served for over forty (40) years as a faithful member
who truly loved the Lord.
Clarine was an avid educator and a lifelong learner. She graduated from B.B. Comer High School in the
class of 1970 and attended Central Alabama Community College and Montevallo University before
receiving her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Auburn University Montgomery in 1995. While
pursuing her education, Clarine worked for nearly twenty (20) years at Avondale Mills and later joined
the U.S. Postal Service as the first black rural carrier in Sylacauga, Alabama for eleven (11) years before
retiring. After retiring, she continued to travel and seek to learn new opportunities to embrace an
enriched life full of adventures.
Clarine was blessed with a close-knitted and loving family. She married her childhood neighbor and
fellow schoolmate, Bennett Lee Borden Sr. on June 20, 1970. To this union, two sons and two daughters
were born. She dedicated her life to teaching her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all who
would listen of the love and glory of God. She has transformed and touched many lives through her
works. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father
which is in heaven”(Matthew 5:16).
Clarine truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. In her leisure, she enjoyed gardening,
painting, singing in the church choir, communing with fellow matrons, helping others and spending time
with her children and grandchildren. She loved chatting with friends and family, experiencing new
cuisines, solving crosswords puzzles, and meeting new people.
As a devoted and amazing mother, sister, wife, daughter and friend, Clarine always had true compassion
for others. She was kind and softly spoken, always willing to lend a hand of assistance, no matter how
large or small. She will be dearly missed by her love ones, but never forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Caldonia Mickey; father James Woods.
Left to cherish her legacy are: husband, Bennett Borden, Sr; sons, Bennett Borden, Jr., and Clifford D.
Borden, both of Sylacauga, Alabama; daughters, Carla (Sedrick) Elston of Montgomery, AL, and April
(Theo) Pettway of Birmingham, AL; brother Paul Riley (Alice) Mickey of Childersburg, AL; sisters Bobbie
Ann Alexander of Sylacauga, AL and Annie Vera (John) Amey of Clevelend, OH; half-sisters Debra (David)
Jones of Copley, Ohio and Michele Renee Norwood, Murrieta, California; grandsons, Tyler Elston and
Trace Elston, both of Montgomery, AL; Clifford A. Borden of Valley, AL; granddaughters, Tailyn Elston of
Montgomery, AL and Tahlia Pettway and Avia Pettway both of Birmingham, AL; and a host of in-laws,
cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
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