Jackson (Jack) A. Clifford, 83, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Sunday, October 14, 2007. He was born the third son of Earl, Sr. and Stella Clifford on September 28, 1924 in Galveston.
Jackson (Jack) A. Clifford
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and their wives: Earl, Jr. and Harriet, Joe and Genevieve and sister Barbara Jean Willis.
Jack’s thirty-five-year working career was at the Union Carbide Texas City plant. He helped bring up the Polyethylene unit when it was built. Years later after three years in Belgium bringing up Carbide’s polyethylene plants in Antwerp, he returned, spent a year tearing down the outdated polyethylene unit and retired.
One of the things of which he was most proud was serving the nation honorably in the Army during World War II. At the drop of a hat he could recall stories, minus gory details, of incidences during the war. He received numerous personal medals with stars as well as unit citations. He held lifetime memberships in the La Marque VFW, Society of the Third Infantry Division, and the Fifteenth “Can Do” Division, U.S. Army.
Jack was a sportsman. He enjoyed fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and also in the Pacific Ocean. He probably could think like a fish. He never went fishing without catching what he went after. In relation to this he co-hosted two fishing seminars at the UTMB sponsored Senior Summer Camp in September ’06 and ’07 at Moody Methodist Church. He had many stories of the big ones that didn’t get away. He also enjoyed hunting for deer and elk in Texas and Colorado.
His survivors include his wife of 65 years, Grace Jordon Clifford; four children Jack Clifford, Jr., and wife Shirley; Carol Jean Christie and husband Richard; Richard, Sr. and wife Shannon and William, Sr. and wife Cheryl. Grandchildren include Robin Sutton, David and Scott Moss, Richard Clifford, Jr., Scott Clifford, William, Jr., Lucas, Chad and Amy Clifford and eight great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his brother Richard S. Clifford and wife Laqueta of Atlanta, Georgia, nephew Randall Hopper of Galveston and numerous other nephews, nieces and cousins around the country.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. On Thursday, October 18, 2007 there will be a 10:30 A.M. departure from J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home for an 11:00 A.M. graveside service at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas, with Chaplain Hampton Mabry officiating.
Pallbearers will be David Moss, Scott Moss, Richard Clifford, Jr., William Clifford, Jr., Lucas Clifford, and Randall Hopper. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Christie and Billy Praker.