Vernon Joseph Clifton, 96, of Wilmot, died Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Lake Village. Mr. Clifton was a native of Delaplaine and a resident of Wilmot for the past 63 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II. Mr. Clifton was a cotton, soybean and rice farmer and a member of the Wilmot Church of Christ. He was a former Mayor of Wilmot, a former board member of the Farmer’s Home Administration, and he retired from the Wilmot Fire Department. He believed in God Almighty and lived it every day.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, L.V. Metheny Clifton in 2003; his parents, John & Velora Vines Clifton; a brother, John Earl Clifton and a sister, Alma Clifton Davis.
He is survived by his children, Dawna Whitehead, Darrell Clifton and wife, Janet, all of Wilmot, Bonita Herrington and husband, Mike, of Mountain View and Clifford Clifton of Wilmot; a sister, Clara Clifton Lovelady of Beech Grove; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Clifton and wife, Missy, of Rogers, Richard Clifton and wife, Rebecca, of Prairie Grove, Danny Cannon and wife, Amanda, of Bella Vista, John Whitehead of Little Rock, Beth Brown of Wilmot, Dawn Cannon of Fayetteville and April Carpenter and husband, Josh, of Hot Springs; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020, in the Wilmot Cemetery with Bro. Carlos Pitts officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Dennis Gregory, Jeff Clifton, Nolan Whitehead, Richard Clifton, George Utnage, Cayce Stock, Richard Stock, James Crossley and Jackson Currie. Memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, PO Box 160, Wilmot, AR 71676.
Visitation will be 1:45 – 2 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery.
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