William Harold Clifton, 85

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PLEASUREVILLE, Ky. – William Harold Clifton, 85, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25,  at the Family Worship Center. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clifton was born Nov. 30, 1926, in Pleasureville and moved to Carroll County in 1943.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army out of high school in March 1945. He attained the rank of sergeant major serving mostly in the South Pacific and Japan. He finished high school after returning home.

He married Marguerite Beatrice Perkins on July 12, 1945.

Mr. Clifton attended the Cove Hill Baptist Church for 38 years, where he served as a deacon for 34 years and held other positions. He served in Gideon’s International for 40 years, placing Bibles in hotel rooms in 194 countries.

He was active in community work. He served on the Carroll County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for five years. He was president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for four years and was voted “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” in 1973.

For 10 years, Mr. Clifton served on the board of directors for Northern Kentucky Comprehensive Care and was a magistrate for District 1 on the Carroll County Fiscal Court for one year.

Mr. Clifton worked on three Kentucky gubernatorial campaigns for Carroll County. He also was involved in the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

He was a member of the American Legion Post 41 in Carrollton and the Carrollton Lions Club.

Mr. Clifton worked at WVCM radio station as a disc jockey and broadcaster after earning his official FCC license to operate the station.

He worked for the Standard Oil Co. for 40 years and at Harper Oil for many years.

He is survived by his wife of six years, Janet Clem Clifton; a daughter, Carolyn Clifton Meadows of Carrollton; two grandchildren, Debby and Andy Meadows; five great-grandchildren, Jacob Meadows, Kayla Meadows, Carmen Mitchell, Christian Mitchell and Chloe Coombs, all of Carrollton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marguerite, to whom he was happily married for 50 years; his parents, Charles and Minnie Yates Clifton; two brothers, Omer and Cecil Clifton; and a sister, Ava Clifton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International. Envelopes available at the funeral home.