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Troy "Don" Gifford


1929 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Troy "Don" Gifford Obituary
Troy "Don" Gifford, 84, of Whitney passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his residence. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney. Interment: Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials: , 1700 Lake Success Drive, Waco, Texas 76710. Don was born Jan. 3, 1929, to the late Roy Gifford and Marie Votaw Gifford in Fort Worth, where he grew up. On April 17, 1948, he married Aveline Joyce Wallingsford; she preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 1998. After 36 years of working for Southwestern Bell Telephone, he retired in 1984 at the age of 55 and moved to Whitney in 1996. He married Lena Kuykendall on May 5, 1999. Don had a passion for wood carving and playing dominoes. He was a Mason, a member of the Optimist Club, Gideon International, the Woodcarvers Guild and the Nolan River Chippers. He was preceded in death by his parents and great-granddaughter, Amy Cline. Survivors: His wife, Lena of Whitney; children, Jerry Gifford and wife, Sharon, Mike Gifford and wife, Diana, Doug Gifford and wife, Winnie, Tony Gifford and Gaylia Reimer; stepchildren, Bill and Becky Kuykendall, Tom and Shella Kuykendall and Pat and Frank Shull, and Donna and Kim Ford; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; and brothers, Roy Gifford and wife, Mary, and Gene Gifford and wife, Dana.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 15, 2013
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