JACKSONVILLE - Clifford L. Thaxton, 92, of Jacksonville, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.
He was born on June 18, 1921, in Virden to Troy and Lois Lair Thaxton. He married the love of his life, Lorene Mussatto, on Jan. 20, 1945, and she preceded him in death on May 17, 1983.
Mr. Thaxton is survived by his daughter, Connie (Larry) Rau of Springfield; his son, Steven Clifford Thaxton of Chapin; his half-brother, Kenny (Sally) Hierman of East Alton; three grandchildren, Klint (Lisa) Thaxton of Ashland, Keely (Ryan) LeTourneau of Morton, and Kliff (Jen) Thaxton of Jacksonville; eight great-grandchildren, Kinnedy, Peyton, Kyleigh, Karissa, Troy, Victoria, Koy and Jaylynn; his sister-in-law, Vivian Mussatto, and his longtime caregiver and friend, Nancy Jo Robinson, both of Jacksonville.
Cliff was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Marie Thaxton, and one son, Louis Thaxton; his brother, Howard "Tiny" Thaxton; and his best buddy and brother-in-law, Tom Mussatto.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will meet friends 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Illinois College Education Department. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.