James “Wendell” Clifton died peacefully Tuesday, Febru ary 28 in Wichita Falls, TX. He was eighty-five. A native of Olney, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vernon, TX before moving to Wichita Falls in 2002.
The memorial service will be held at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls at 2:00 PM Friday, March 2. Pastor and dear friend, Rev. Joe Cullen of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Archer City will officiate. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Olney at 4:00 PM. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the funeral home.
The oldest of five children, Wendell was born on August 10, 1926 to James “Jack” D. and Mattie Lorene Clifton. He graduated from Megargel High School in 1944. A member of “The Greatest Generation” he proudly served his country during World War II. Mr. Clifton was a long-time employee of G.E. Kadane & Sons and E.W. Moran Drilling Company.
Family was especially important to Wendell. He was a “regular” at family reunions. He was especially proud of all of his grandchildren and their achievements. He loved to share his passion for working in the oilfield with his grandsons and had a hand in teaching them that work was fun, and the value in a job well done. He loved driving through the backroads of North Texas just enjoying the beauty of nature. A true friend, he cherished the many friendships he made during his life.
Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Georgia Harris and brother Marvin “Buster” Clifton.
He is survived by his daughters, Brenda and husband Gary Rusk of Iowa Park, and Treva Clifton of Wichita Falls, and son James Wendell Clifton, Jr. and wife Melissa also of Wichita Falls, five grandchildren, Dustin Rusk, Colby Rusk and wife Heather and Brady Rusk, all of Iowa Park, Courtland Clifton and Landon Clifton of Wichita Falls, and three precious great-grandchildren, Grayson and Holden Rusk and Aubrey Clifton. Also surviving is the mother of his children, Jerri Clifton of Wichita Falls, his sister Viola and her husband Myron Townley of Ruidosa, NM, and his brother Ronnie Clifton of Bridgeport, TX.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
For those desiring, memorials may be given to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310 or to Meals on Wheels of Wichita Falls, 1008 Burnett St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Arbor House; our caregiver Anna Salazar for the love and attention given to our parents and the ones with “angel wings” Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com