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Whitman John Clifton

May 15, 1931 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 88)


Whitman John Clifton, 88, son to the late John and Krisie (Cobb) Clifton, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020. Whitman was born in Tupelo, MS on May 15, 1931. He was the youngest of 8 children. He left Tupelo as a boy and came back from Boston a man. Early elementary education, cleverness, ambition and desire led him to Boston, MA where he met and married Ida Mae Clifton. For many years Whitman worked at the Necco Candy Factory, Massachusetts General Hospital, and General Dynamics. Later in life, he touched the hearts of many as a citywide livery driver in Dorchester and the Boston area. Whitman enjoyed a good sports game, cowboy movies, cigar, strong spirits, soul food, laughter and a big car. He was a strong devoted father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather; he was an example of cool and calm. Family was his roots, whether in the deep south or northeast. He was most notable for his magnetic personality and his work ethic. People gravitated to him. In a deep southern tone, he called everyone ‘baby.’ Whitman leaves behind his five children to mourn his passing: Kenneth P. Clifton, David J. Clifton, Eileen A. Clifton, Jason E.A. Clifton, Kirstin J. Clifton; seven granddaughters, one grandson, two daughters-in-law, one great granddaughter and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding him in his home-going are his sisters, brothers and son: Johnny Mae Clifton, Mary Gasaway, Jessie Blanchard of Tupelo and Core McGore of Shannon, MS. Three brothers: Charlie Clifton, Miller Clifton, Willie Clifton of Tupelo and Michael C. Clifton (Son). His life was a beautiful journey.

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