Elzie Clifton "Cliff" Horne Jr. of Harts; W.Va., peacefully passed from this earth life May 20, 2014 at the home of his oldest daughter in Lehi, Utah at the age of 75.
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Clifton was born in Miami, Fla. to Elzie Clifton Horne Sr. and Audrey Winslow Horne on June 24, 1938. He was the second child of seven siblings. He was preceded in birth by his older sister Judith Erma Bowman and followed by Katherine Ida Emery, Carol Ann McClinton, Linda Karen Donavon, Kenneth Alan Horne and Michael Thomas Horne. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy and Kay. He had many childhood memories of living on the ocean, summers at his grandparents in Georgia and buying a boat before he bought a car.
Clifton attended North Miami High School where he was adored by his principal so much that he personally tested his collection of paddles and often ran personal errands for him. Immediately following graduation, Clifton enlisted in the Coast Guard due to his love for the ocean. Not only did Cliff brave the rough seas during his service, he braved the Coast Guard's marching band as an accomplished trombone player. He was proud to have marched in the Orange Bowl and carried his love for music throughout his life.
Cliff followed in his father's footsteps and joined The International Union of Painter's and Allied Trades in Miami where he was able to learn a trade that would provide well for his family. He became a Master Glazier working on many projects throughout Florida and the Bahamas. Later, Cliff and Phyllis moved to North Carolina, and in 1976 they started Haywood Glass & Mirror in Waynesville, N.C. He serviced Western North Carolina until he retired to Harts, W.Va. in 1998.
He found the love of his life, Phyllis Yvonne VanNatter, on a summer Sunday at church where he was distracted from the talks by her beauty. Cliff and Phyllis' father conspired together in an effort to persuade Phyllis to court Cliff. He found his love was returned so they were married shortly thereafter on August 5, 1960.
Cliff and Phyllis were sealed for eternity on August 23, 1967 in the Manti, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the church throughout his life and is remembered for his service in two stake presidencies, 15 years as a Branch President or Bishop, High Councilor, Young Men's President, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Seminary Teacher and Home Teacher where he was able to teach and expound upon the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that he loved so much.
Clifton is the proud father of four wonderful and beautiful daughters: Cindy (Dennis) Jordan, Heidi (Jerry) Burrows, Kim (Dan) Tew and Darla (Parley) Valora. He couldn't be more pleased as his children and grandchildren have chosen to follow his legacy of eternal families making eternal choices. He loves his 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren and knows he has left his beloved wife in loving hands.
He is loved and will be missed until his family meets again in the love of our Savior.
Funeral services will be conducted at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by the Burton First Ward in the old Burton building, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held prior to the services at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the Burton Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.
Flamm Funeral Home
61 North First East Rexburg, ID 83440
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on May 24, 2014