Dateline: June 8, 2006
Thomas “Jack” Clifford died in Clarendon on Friday, June 2, 2006.
He was 70 years old.
were at 10:00 a.m. on June 6, 2006, in the First Baptist Church in
Clarendon with Rev. Terry Tamplen of Midland and Rev. Tom Garmon, pastor
of the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon, officiating. Burial was
in Citizens Cemetery, and services were under the direction of Robertson
Funeral Directors, Inc.
Clifford was born January 22, 1935, in Clarendon to Dewey M. and Walter E.
Clifford, the second of three boys. He attended Clarendon High School,
graduating in 1953, followed by Clarendon College where he met his future
wife, Shirley McAbee. They married March 28, 1954, in Hereford. Jack
served in the US Army in 1958 and 1959.
Clifford and his wife returned to Clarendon in 1959 and went into the
family grocery business. He continued in the grocery business and pursued
other business opportunities in the community until his retirement in
Clifford family opened their grocery store in 1914, and Mr. Clifford
reflected during a 1998 interview for the Enterprise on the store’s
relationship with the community and the values he and his family took from
the store upon its closing.
appreciated the friendships and the business over the years,” Mr.
Clifford said. “I’ve had a good run….”
said The Grocery Store taught him the value of hard work and was proud
that that work ethic had been passed down to his children.
learned to work,” he said. “You can’t say I didn’t have any kids
who didn’t know how to work.”
greatest joy and pride rested with his children and grandchildren. He was
also very proud of his many loyal friends and customers he had acquired
during his many years of living and working in Clarendon.
Clifford was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarendon; and he
valued faith, loyalty, honesty, and integrity above all other traits. He
was an avid supporter of Clarendon and thought it is the greatest place in
the world to live.
Clifford was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents, and a
brother, Bob Clifford.
include his daughter, Virginia Ann Patten and husband Briton of Clarendon;
two sons, John Walter Clifford of Fort Worth, and Benjamin Paul Clifford
of Little Rock, Ark.; two granddaughters, Abigail Michelle Patten and
Annie Marie Patten of Clarendon; two grandsons, John Ray Clifford of
Lubbock and Robert James Clifford of Dallas; a brother, Fred Clifford and
wife Connie of Clarendon and two sisters-in-law, Carol Cary of Leoti,
Kan., and Jean Clifford of Quinlan.
family requests memorials to be to the church of your choice in Clarendon
or to Citizens Cemetery Association, PO Box 983, Clarendon, TX 79226 or to
the developing Clarendon Girls Softball League, c/o Stan Shelton, 4603 CR
3, Clarendon, TX 79226.
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