Clifton Oliver Thompson (1930 - 2017)

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Clifton Oliver Thompson, Sr.

Clifton Oliver Thompson, Sr., passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017, with his loving family by his side.

He was born July 13, 1930, in Murphysboro, Illinois. Clifton married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Marie Sims in 1950. They enjoyed 67 years of a strong and loving partnership. Clifton joined the army in 1949. He served in the Korean and Viet Nam wars. His military career included the training of cadets at West Point, NY, serving in the 101st Airborne Division, and eventually retiring as a First Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division. After retiring from military service, Clifton worked as a Land Agent with Peabody Energy Company, retiring with 15 years of service.

Clifton is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their five children: Kathleen Hurst, and husband Damon, Rio Rancho, NM, Sandra Matson, husband Gary, Surfside Beach, SC, Deborah Torres, husband Michael, Rio Rancho, NM, Clifton Thompson, Jr., wife Suzanne, Rio Rancho, NM, Michael Thompson, wife Mary Margaret, St. Pete Beach, FL. He is also survived by ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and residing in Illinois, his brother William Thompson and sister Charlotte Miller.

A service with military honors will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday, September 28th at 10:30am. A Celebration of Life will be held at Pongal Event Center, 1101 Golf Course Rd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 on Friday, September 29th at 5:00pm.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to: Storehouse West, 1030 Veranda Dr. SE #F, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.

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Daniels Family Funeral Services, Southern Chapel
2400 Southern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 891-9192
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 24, 2017
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