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LTC Clifton Canoy

Position: JROTC Senior Army Instructor
School: D'iberville High School
School District: Harrison County School District
City, State: Biloxi, MS

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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Clifton Canoy was nominated by his colleague, Jessica Rainey.

LTC Canoy has served as D’iberville High School’s JROTC senior army instructor for the past 20 years. LTC Canoy has not only grown D’iberville’s JROTC program, but he has increased his students' volunteer efforts due to his personal contributions to the community. He is not only devoted to improving his student’s lives, but to teaching and showing them the importance of serving their local community.

Within the past 12 months, LTC Canoy has taken an active part in Coastal Clean-up, the D’iberville Veteran’s Day parade, numerous Color Guard presentations, and The Last Call of Remembrance at the VA Hospital. He was instrumental in organizing D’iberville’s Veteran’s Day breakfast, which is a community outreach program to recognize local veterans and show appreciation for their service.

LTC Canoy leads by example. He is always the first one to arrive at school and the last one to leave. He has devoted his life to the betterment of others. As LTC Canoy retires from the JROTC instructor position this year, he leaves behind an extraordinary imprint on the lives of hundreds of students and the D’iberville Community.



Comments (21)


Jana Franco (Yon) Posted 9 months ago

LTC Canoy has been an awesome inspiration, shoulder, and ear in my life! During high School he was a great mentor and leader. Seeing him as an adult, he gets just as excited now as he did then when he asks what’s new in my life. My son has had the opportunity to meet and work with him while volunteering and thinks just as highly of him as I do. It’s literally been a “life time” of support and excitement of accomplishments and figuring out how to navigate failures. Congrats Col!

Ty dezonia Posted 10 months ago

Congratulations canoy i never thanked you in school but I appreciate you hepling and teaching me a lot of life lessons thank you.

Babs Upchurch Gilmore Posted 10 months ago

Congratulations my dear cousin Cliff! I am so proud of you. I love you very much. Babs

Amy Godwin Pinney Posted 10 months ago

Life changer, indeed. This man had an immeasurable impact on my life. I owe a good bit of who I’ve become to him, and his teaching and counsel still shapes my life today. Congrats, LTC Canoy!

Lacicia Evans (Keshia Proper) Posted 10 months ago

Congrats Colonel Canoy! You completely deserve this nomination. Thanks for being an amazing Commander and an even more amazing person.

Patsy Broach Posted 10 months ago

He comes from a family who were and are dedicated to serving our country! Congratulations on your nomination!

Barbara Canoy Posted 10 months ago

Congratulations Cliff!So proud of your accomplishments.

Jennifer Scott (Hester) Posted 10 months ago

LTC Canoy is amazing person and has influenced many people. I love my nephew gets to have you as his instructor as well. No one else is more suited for this award than you.

Mike Laws Posted 10 months ago

Congratulations cliff

Kimberly tate(Kincaid) Posted 10 months ago

You are an amazing person and being one of your students changed my life for the better. Since hurricane Katrina I often wondered if you were still on the coast. You deserve this award more than most. Thank you for everything you do.

Brenda Walker Posted 10 months ago

I have known Cliff and his family my whole life. His family and my family attended the same church. Cliff is one of the most upstanding Christian men I’ve ever known. He was always kind and a gentleman in every situation. You couldn’t ask for a better person to receive this great honor. So proud of you, Cliff.

Maxine Province Posted 10 months ago

So very proud of my nephew.

Michelle Craddock Posted 10 months ago

You are the epitome of what a leader for our youth looks like! Also your dedication to the betterment of your community is second to none. This honor comes as no surprise to me, but congratulations is in order! You are the perfect recipient!!

CINDY CANOY Posted 10 months ago

LTC CANOY is a phenomenal person who influences so many young lives for the better. Very deserving!

Ja'Tiara Wren (Manning) Posted 10 months ago

LTC Canoy, I am so thrilled to know that you are still being a great leader of the JROTC program. I pray blessings over you, your family and the kids of JROTC!

Dorothy Canoy Posted 10 months ago

My heart swells with pride as I think back on all the AWARDS & HONORS my Son Cliff has earned during his careers both in the Military and Academically ! There were so many Family gatherings he missed due to his commitments, but he never complained, it was all part of the duty he felt to the PROFESSIONS he had chosen! GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY, my Son has chosen well !

Joannaly Butler Posted 10 months ago

LTC Canoy is extremely generous with his time to help support all students. He is a great example of lending a helping hand especially when it’s need. He is greatly appreciated and admired.

Cassidy (Monk) Sager Posted 10 months ago

I am the leader I am today because of the four years I was able to be mentored and trained up by Colonel Canoy. To this day, I miss him and constantly remember small things he taught me about leadership. He pushed me and stretched me. I love to see him up for such a prestigious award!

Rebecca McCracking Posted 10 months ago

So proud of you colonel Canoy! I hope you remember me! I’m now a professional pilot. I flew private jets around for almost 5 years and now I teach at Delta State University! I’m an Assistant Professor of Practice of Commercial Aviation. Thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams!

Rebecca Henderson Posted 10 months ago

LTC Canoy is an awesome person and example to this school and community. Thank you for your service, Sir.

Diamond Rouquette Posted 10 months ago

Congratulations Lt. Col. You have made a lasting impression on me in ways you’ll never understand. Just know you deserve this. My precious daughter is now a member of the MCJROTC in her high school. I wish she was able to have you as her instructor!