Clifton U. Gideon was born March 16, 1925 in Dunbar to Oscar Vondo and Etta (Borden) Gideon. He passed from this life December 13, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 86. Clifton served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He proudly served on secret missions in the invasions of Hollandia-Aitape on April 22, 1944 and Finschhafen on May 11, 1944. Cliff received several medals & commendations for his service. Including the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, & Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar. Cliff enjoyed attending all the church functions at First Baptist Church. He was always a father, never losing his love for his family. Cliff liked pretty flowers (rosebushes) and enjoyed working on his house & yard, keeping them tidy. He liked to fish and hunt, as well as play 42, and he enjoyed spending time with Lois. Clifton was preceded in death by his wife: Maurine Gideon; sons: Dale Gideon & Bobby Gideon; parents: Oscar Vondo & Etta Gideon; sister: Dorothy Grimes. He is survived by his best friend: Lois Goforth of Antlers; son: John Gideon of El Paso, TX; six grandchildren: Christy Gideon, Jeremy Gideon, Sammy Gideon, Laci Gideon, Justin Gideon, & Stormy Gideon; brother: Jack Gideon & wife Alene of Mesquite, TX; sisters: Eunice Lowe of Grand Prairie, TX and Mary Sue Jarvis & husband Bill of Gordonville, TX; many nieces & nephews; a host of good friends from years past & present; as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Gideon were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the Antlers First Baptist Church with Reverend Blake Gideon & Reverend Aaron Reed officiating. Music included “God Bless America” & “Just A Rose Will Do”, Performed by: The Believers; “Satisfied Mind” Performed by Charlie Gideon, & “Dad & Me”. Pallbearers were Billy Burke, Sammy Walker, Calvin Smith, Kenneth Blan, Mike Nabors, & Doyle Battles with Otis Gaines as Honorary Pallbearer. Interment followed at Antlers City Cemetery. Family and friends may send online condolences by visiting us at www.millscoffey.com .
Funeral Services conducted by: Mills~Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers.