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Denzil Tim Clifton

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Dr. Denzil T. Clifton, 79, formerly of Sachse, Texas, died after a brief illness on December 3, 2013, in Loveland, Colorado. Dr. Clifton was born on November 14, 1934, the only child of Tim Brian and Opal Clarice Nabors Clifton, in the home of his maternal grandparents, John W. and Mary Norris Nabors, in the Liberty Community of Hopkins County, Texas.

Dr. Clifton is survived by his wife, the former Ellamary Giddens of Winnsboro, Texas.  They would have celebrated their 52nd anniversary on December 27.

He is also survived by two of their three sons:  Marcus Timothy Clifton of Windsor, Colorado and Jonathan Andrew Clifton of Loveland, Colorado. Besides his parents and grandparents, their third son, Christopher Brian Clifton predeceased him in 2004 and is buried in the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery. He is also survived by his first cousin Margie Dale Hathcox of Sulphur Springs and Yantis.

Dr. Clifton graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1953. He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts from Baylor University in 1957 and 1963, respectively. He studied at the University of Texas and in Germany completing his Doctor of Philosophy in European history from the University of Delaware in 1973.

A lifelong educator, Dr. Clifton was dedicated to instilling his passion for history to students from middle school to universities. He often penned his passions to writings. He was a master of writing an old-fashioned hand-written interesting letter.

Following his retirement from the Garland Independent School District, Denzil volunteered to teach English as a second language to Vietnamese refugees. He was in the process of researching papers on the Vietnam War. A Mason, he wrote a history of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in Texas. A member of Central Christian Church in Dallas, he archived the church’s history.

Remembering his days as a private in the Army National Guard, he regaled friends and family with his dry wit about his military maneuvers at Fort Leonard Wood or Fort Hood to find an isolated tree where he could pull a book about military maneuvers from his knapsack and read, until discovered or captured.

An equal passion was Dr. Clifton’s love of nature. He enjoyed working and having fish-fries with his family on their farm in the Greenwood Community of Saltillo, Texas.

A memorial service for Dr. Denzil T. Clifton will be held at Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75209 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014.  He will be interred in a private family ceremony in City Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Christian Church, Sulphur Springs City Cemetery or the Hopkins County Veterans’ Memorial.

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