Clifford entered this life on Jan. 25, 1941 in Leesville, La. to the late Odell and Georgia Lucress (Burnett) Thomas.
|At age 9, he moved with his family to a farm near Wheaton, Mo. He graduated from Wheaton High School in the class of 1958. On April 28, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dodson and to this union two daughters and two sons were born. He and Mary made their home in Joplin, Mo. before moving to the state of Texas. After a few years they returned home to Missouri and for 20 years they resided in Marionville.||They have resided in Reeds since 1998. Clifford worked in sales for both Hiland Dairy and the Quinn Coffee Company before beginning a 20 year career as an over-the-road truck driver. He also worked 10 years for Butterball and later retired from Schreiber Foods in Mt. Vernon, Mo.|
Clifford was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Reeds, Mo. where he also served as deacon.
His parents and one son, Michael Odell Thomas, preceded him in death.
Clifford is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Thomas, of the home; two daughters, Melissa Blankenship and husband, Roger, of Marionville, Mo. and Diana Allspaw and husband, Jim, also of Marionville; a son, Jonathan Thomas and wife, Christine, of Reeds, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Haynes and husband, Bill, of Monett, Mo.; a brother, Hal Thomas, of Monett, Mo.; as well as a host of other family and friends.
|Funeral services for Mr. Thomas were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the First Baptist Church in Reeds, Mo. with Bro. Michael Ford and Bro. Gene Needham officiating.|
|Burial was in the Dudman Springs Cemetery near Reeds, Mo. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers were Clifford Blankenship, Dale Blankenship, Kyle Baker, Nathan Beaver, John Thomas, Nick Shiveley and Jacob Thomas.||On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.housh-goodwinfuneralhome.com.|
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo.