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Billy Blake  Clifton

Obituary for Billy Blake Clifton

May 8, 1925 - February 1, 2018
Lakeway, Texas | Age 92


According to his Aunt Irene, Billy Blake Clifton (aka Blood and Thunder) was born sitting up and hollering on May 8, 1925, alerting all of his appearance in Haskell County, Texas. After raising enough mischief as he could in Haskell (much to the dismay of his father, Sheriff Mart Clifton), he lied about his age to join and serve in the Marines during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge and his return to civilian life, he met and married Faye Clifton; got his master's degree in petroleum geology; and had two children, Rick and Barbie.

In 1957, he moved his family to Venezuela where he worked for Creole Petroleum Corp. for 12 years. In 1969, they transferred with ESSO S. E. Asia to Sydney, Australia for four years, then to Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. They spent their last eight years overseas with ESSO Europe in Weybridge, Surrey, England before retiring in Lakeway, Texas, in 1983.

Billy was a master at telling tall tales sprinkled with double-talk that would beguile and delight his audience. He was very generous with his time and never hesitated to help out his family, friends and neighbors. He liked to think of himself as a handy man and that there was nothing that couldn't be fixed with gray epoxy and a spray or three of WD-40.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Carol Clifton; by his daughter, Barbie Clifton; his grandchildren, Blake Clifton, Ricky Clifton and wife Rachel, Chad Clifton and wife Pamela, and Alexis Clifton and husband Bo; his great-grandchildren, Stafford and Cameron; his sister, Bette Broyles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Brookdale Lohman's Crossing's hospice and support staff: Sara, Jason, Britney, Rod, Q, Maria, Abe, Nick, Lupe, Tina and Pastor Lucinda for their unconditional kindness to Billy and for making his last few months more tolerable. Last but by no means least, a great thank you to Billy's wonderful neighbors, Don and Elizabeth Walden and to good friend, Bill Goodwin for all the help and support they gave him over the years.

Billy passed away on February 1, 2018, from dementia and multiple falls.

His ashes will be interred next to Faye's in the Lakeway Church Memorial Garden.

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

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