Clifton Taylor, 71, of Evening Shade died Feb. 3, 2005, at his home.
Born Oct. 24, 1933, in Evening Shade, he was the son of Elbert and Reba Qualls Taylor. At age 13 his father died, leaving him to provide for his mother and four siblings. After unsuccessfully trying to farm, he joined the U.S. Army at age 15. Following three years of service, he returned to Evening Shade and married Donna Sue Johnson. He worked several factory jobs throughout the Midwest, then decided to settle in California, where he began his truck-driving career. After 13 years, he decided to move back to Arkansas before his family was raised. In 1969 the family of six traveled back to Arkansas where he remained the rest of his life. He enjoyed having his family close by. He loved to play cards. He was a member of the Bear Creek Methodist Church.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law -- Sheila and Mark Sisson, Sherry Clark, and Sandra and James McCall, all of Evening Shade; a son and daughter-in-law -- Stan and Lavonna Taylor of Evening Shade; two brothers -- Garland Taylor of Searcy, and Johnny Taylor of Evening Shade; a sister, Patsy Bettis of Batesville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Arson Taylor; and two grandsons.
The funeral was Feb. 5 at Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Alvin Wiles officiating. Burial followed in Bear Creek Cemetery west of Evening Shade. Arrangements were under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home Chapel of Cave City.
Pallbearers were David Runsick, Matthew Dellinger, Richard Downing, Mike Sharp, David Sharp and Steve Miller.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Qualls, David Lankford, Gray Dellinger, Rex Tate and Doug Adams.