Services will be private for the family.
Mr. Clifton was born on June 26, 1942 in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late Arnold Dean and Sarah Bourne Clifton. But if you asked him, he’d say he was from Texas. At 6’4” and 250 lbs, he certainly looked the part. He grew up in Texas and one of his proudest achievements a young man was becoming an Eagle Scout in Arlington Troop #68. He attended Arlington High School and The University of Texas at Arlington where he said he majored in golf and bridge.
Arnold retired from The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company as the Property/Casualty Claim Department Head for the National Capitol Area which included DC, Maryland and Virginia. He was a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He loved his job at Aetna where he was admired and respected. Many of his co-workers became his dear friends.
Arnold remained a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan as the job moved him around the country, finally ending up in Washington Redskins territory. He coached all of his childrens’ sports teams, delighted in their successes and in being there for them when he was needed. He was so very proud of them all. They are his legacy. Dean is an insurance executive and everybody’s big brother, Brian owns his own private school, teaching English as a second language in Japan, Jennifer is a Middle School Counselor, Ike is a Toyota Certified Master Mechanic and Shop Foreman at Tyson’s Toyota, Jean is a Marketing Manager for a predominant national company and Will is an educator at the graduate level.
After retirement he and his wife, Billie, created Sunflower Cottage Herb Farm and Back Room Brewery in Middletown.
He loved the outdoors, blazing many a trail through the woods on their property in Warren County. He was an avid reader, sports fan and photographer. Earlier in his life, he enjoyed jogging, playing golf, tennis and league soft ball.
He never lost at poker or Jeopardy.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Billie; six children, Dean, Jennifer, Brian, Ike, Will and Jean; brother, David; sister, Wendy; nieces, Amy and Louise, twelve grandchildren and one great grandson.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, 411 N. Cameron St, Suite 100, Winchester, VA 22601, to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 and to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.