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Harry A. Nauman & Son

4041 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA

OBITUARY

Phillip Ray Clifton Jr.

August 26, 1956October 3, 2019

Phillip Ray Clifton, Jr. was born on August 26, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was raised in Newport Kentucky to Allene Beckwith and Philip Ray Clifton, Sr. He suddenly passed away on October 3, 2019 in Sacramento, California, his home for the past 27 years. He leaves behind his loving wife, Violeta (The Big V), his children Penni Lane, Kimmie, Mark, and Katrina, sisters Jackie and Joann, and brother Jerry. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Michael, Kara, Christian, and Karina, including his great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Phillip was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings. In his youth, he joined the United States Army, served overseas in Germany as a tank crewman and received several recognitions. After his honorable discharge from the military service, he put himself through college and then took a chance at life in California. Propelled by his love for music, he worked as a disc jockey and eventually amassed a considerable collection of albums. He later worked within the telecommunication industry where he had a prosperous 36 year career with MCI Telecom, Worldcom, Verizon, and Global Telecommunications Link. He was a highly respected man with extreme integrity, a positive attitude, and dedication. He was a very good friend to many, both internal and external, with the companies he worked.

Phillip loved his University of Kentucky basketball team, spending time outdoors golfing, being in the desert with his photography, and spending time with his family. Among his personal proud moments was becoming a master mason, a dream he attained in April 2016. Phillip was so proud and felt fortunate to have such a loving family, from his wife, children, brother, sisters and his grand babies. His family was his greatest love and accomplishment. Phillip was also a man who appreciated the simple things in life. He enjoyed quiet conversations or a heated debate with his friends as long as it stimulated his thoughts. He grounded himself with family to remind him what was truly important in life. He was not a man out to change the world, but acted in a way he would lead by example. He lived with a humble attitude and would shy away if given credit for being a good person. He liked things simple in order to filter out the noise of things that were unimportant to being happy. Although simple, it was very fulfilling to him.

Phillip leaves a legacy of love, friendship, and laughter. Phillip will be missed and the loving memories with all those he had touched over the years will be cherished, always and forever.

Please join us on November 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm for a service to celebrate Phillip’s life. Family viewing is on November 1st from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm and another viewing on November 2nd from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. This will be held at Harry A Nauman and Sons Funeral Home located at 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822.

Services

1 November

Visitation

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harry A. Nauman & Son

4041 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822

2 November

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Harry A. Nauman & Son

4041 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822

Memories

Phillip Ray Clifton Jr.

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Paul Turner

October 13, 2019

It was my privilege to be a friend with Phil. He was a valued asset to the GTL team that I worked on. He always supported me in my work and personal endeavors and anytime we had challenging situations he was always there for me. I will admit I’m one of the people that introduced him to the game of golf. Unfortunately for me he got to play golf more often than I could’ve dreamed of. He leaves an emptiness in my heart and I know there are very few people in my life that I can say were genuinely as loving and caring as Phil. God bless his family and all who are grieving for this terrible loss.

Kim Martin

October 11, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Phil's death and we want to express our most sincere sympathies to the family during this difficult time from the Sacramento GTL team. Phil was a highly valuable and respected member of our team here and the effects of his passing are already being felt here by his fellow employees and management.

Phil was a wonderful employee who understood the meaning of the word "team." He made many great contributions to the company and helped it move forward in numerous ways. His work here will not soon be forgotten.

Please accept our sincere condolences. Phil was a remarkable man and everyone at GTL is better for having known him. For those of us that had the privilege of calling him "friend" outside of work, we were humbled by his kindness and compassion to everyone around him.

He will be greatly missed and everyone here is saddened by his death. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

With sincere sympathy,

The Sacramento GTL Staff.

R.D. Williams

October 10, 2019

I will join you on the other side my friend, I am not any good at golf, but will skeet shoot your drives and listen to you laugh.

Thank you for having my back often.

Walk talk brother.

Russ

Jeanne Bertuccelli

October 10, 2019

I worked with Cliffy for many years at MCI/ WorldCom and I will never forget his booming laugh and the smile he always had in his eyes. He was a warm, loving human being who always had kind word for those around him. I am so sad that he's gone so early from this life...we need more like him in this world!

Jackie Vinson

October 10, 2019

My oldest brother, near and dear to my heart. Although we lived miles apart we made it a point to stay connected through many calls whenever we needed to talk. After our mother passed we (all the siblings) made a pact to call every Sunday at 10 am. He sacrificed his Sunday mornings to get up at 7 am his time just to be on the call with very little complaints. I say very little because he let us know about it if one of us slept through our call time. Thinking back now our last call, Jerry reminded him about the time mom broke a borrowed guitar to pieces because he (Jerry) was screaming and mom thought Phil was hurting his little brother. Since our Sunday calls were made using Skype, the look on Phil face hearing that made us all laugh. Another pact he made after mom passed was to come home every 5 years. He did. Family & friends meant so much to him.

Still Missing You
They say there is a reason
They say that time will heal
But neither time nor reason
Will change the way we feel.
For no one knows the heartache
that lies behind our smiles,
No one knows how many times
we have broken down and cried.
We want to tell you something
so there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of
but so hard to be without.
We cannot bring the old days back,
when we were all together
The family chain is broken now,
but memories live forever.
Love you brother
Jerry, Jackie and Joann

Lauren Mann

October 9, 2019

I’ve had the privilege of working with Phil for the past five years and can’t say I recall a time when my spirit wasn’t a little more lifted after talking to him. He was a professional man and by my own accounts, the best at what he did. He always spoke with joy and kindness in his voice, always including the perfect dose of humor to go along. The world will be less without him and Heaven is made greater with him.
My greatest sympathies to Phil’s friends and family and to all who mourn.
~ Lauren Mann, Praeses

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY