Willard “Will” Dempsey Clifton Jr, 77, of Salado, Texas, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 2, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 3C Cowboy Fellowship, located at 16258 Gooseneck Road, Salado, Texas, with a graveside service immediately following at the Salado Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8PM, on Friday, May 7, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, located at 503 N. Main Street, Belton, Texas.
Will was born April 17, 1944, in Waco. He was the son of Willard D. Clifton, Sr. and Evelyn Fuqua Clifton. He attended Waco public schools. Will graduated from North Texas State University in 1969. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cindy Schleede Clifton, oldest son Mark Clifton (Linda) of Dallas, daughter Stacy Clifton Miller (Mark) of Dallas, youngest son Ryon Clifton (Lacey) of Salado, and his seven grandchildren: Shelby, Matthew, Jack, Luke, Rook, Southern & CoBurn. He is also survived by his sister Dolores “Dee” Huggins of Waco, and brother Larry Clifton & wife Denise of Leroy, along with his nieces & a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Will had many talents & found success in his career of many years with Regions Insurance. That career resulted in the 2007 Regions Summit Award, 2012 Regions Chairman’s Club Award, 2013 Regions Gold Producer, 2015 Regions Apex Award, and 2016 Regions Apex Award. His hobbies included horses, hunting, and raising Brahman cattle. Riding around checking cows was his favorite past time. Will was co-founder of the Salado Athletics Booster Club, and was a member of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, American Brahman Breeders Association, and served on the Bell County Youth Fair board. He was also a cancer survivor of ten years.
Pallbearers include grandson Matthew Clifton, and friends Bill Ferguson, Greg Swain, Scott Thomason, Juan Luis Jimenez, and Alfonso Juarez. Honorary pallbearers include grandsons Jack Sawyer, Luke Sawyer, and Rook Clifton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salado Volunteer Fire Department (P.O. Box 503, Salado, TX 76571), who played an invaluable role in Will’s care. We are forever grateful for their unwavering dedication to caring for this community & our family.
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