OBITUARY

Clifton Ray Naylor Sr.

January 15, 1929April 14, 2021
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Clifton Ray Naylor Sr., age 92, of The Woodlands, Texas passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Clifton was born January 15, 1929 in Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated from Meridian Senior High School in 1947, and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1952. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 1955. He spent the next 50 years as a geologist--initially in New Orleans, LA, but mainly in Lafayette, LA, and finally in Houston, Texas. He was an active member of the Lafayette Petroleum Club for many years and had many close friends there. He always had a ready smile, and he had a gentle spirit until the very end. He passed away quietly and peacefully with his family by his side.

He was married to Ann Naylor for 54 years, until her passing in 2013. They shared many interests including a love for traveling, dancing, playing bridge, and camping; and especially for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their 5 children are: Clifton Ray Naylor, Jr. (Rosella Gonzales), Carey Naylor Sullivan (Tom Sullivan), Bret Anthony Naylor (fiancé Christina Hidalgo), Jodi Naylor Trotter (Neil Trotter), and Lori Naylor Goedeking (Dave Goedeking). Their numerous grandchildren are Isaac and Anthony Bachicha; Shane, Brad, and Laurel Sullivan; Nathan and Curtis Hidalgo; Jessica, Candice (JW Kirk), and Jacob Trotter; and Emily and Sam Goedeking; and there are also two great-grandchildren, Christian and Harper Mae. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as cousins, friends, neighbors, and wonderful and kind caregivers who helped out during his last few years at home. Clif loved to hunt and fish, he was an avid pool player and golfer for around 70 years, and he enjoyed playing poker, Yahtzee, Uno, and other card games with his kids, grandkids, and caregivers. He was a joy to be around, even when dementia was robbing him of so many of his favorite things.

Clif was proceeded in death by his wife, Ann; parents Eugene F., Sr. and Hazel Hyde Naylor; brothers and sisters: Eugene F. Naylor, Jr. (Dot), Bama Claire Hohnstreiter (Johnny), Tilden P. Naylor (Margaret), Hazel Barrett (Earl) and Helen Naylor, who died as a child.

A memorial service for Clifton will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX 77384. A committal service will occur Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX 77384. A reception will occur Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX 77384.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestparkthewoodlands.com for the Naylor family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dementia Society of America, https://www.dementiasociety.org.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
8 May

Facebook Live Stream

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

8 May

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home

18000 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384

8 May

Committal Service

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home

18000 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384

8 May

Reception

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home

18000 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384

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Clifton Ray Naylor Sr.

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Debbie Naylor

May 5, 2021

Our precious Uncle.... Such wonderful memories of family gatherings around Our
“Giggling” Grandmother Naylor. It was always a thrill to see Aunt Ann, Our Uncle and our 5 Naylor cousins drive up in their van....Guaranteed fun and adventures...
His instant Smile.. the Twinkle in his eyes...
His kind, gentle ways......He and Ann raised such an incredible family. I always say “ They are the closest brothers and sisters.... and they are also Best Friends, ...”. And now their children are such close cousins...His legacy of unconditional love and kindness lives on....
. At their 50th Anniversary , he commented on the PROUDEST Accomplishment of his life. HIS SWEET WIFE and THEIR FAMILY.
“We Shall miss you... But you will stay
Forever in our Hearts....”

michael garner

May 4, 2021

CLIFF WAS MY EATING BUDDY AT THE MERIDIAN CORP. HE WAS ALWAYS READY TO EAT AND I ENJOYED IT TOO. WE ENJOYED PLAYING GOLF TOGETHER AS WELL. CLIFF WAS A GREAT GEOLOGIST AND WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. I ALWAYS APPRECIATED CLIFF AND HIS WIFE FOR ATTENDING MY DAUGHTERS WEDDING. CLIFF WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSED.

MIKE AND SUE GARNER

Patsy Adcox

May 4, 2021

The most gentle, loving man that I’ve ever known. As a father and husband, he was unbeatable. Could be so funny. In a most endearing way. If I wasn’t already in love and married and was evil, I might have tried to steal him away from my sister. But with his love and unwavering devotion to Ann and their children it would have taken a woman with super powers to steal him away. Let’s just say I loved and respected this true man.

Michael Stamatedes

May 3, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Clif for 8 years at Meridian. His keen geologic insight was critical to significant Meridian discoveries at Weeks Island Field, thought to be past its prime when we purchased it from Shell. Clif was a great story teller and and had some really good stories to tell. By the time I met him he was already in his seventies and still getting after it, in the office and on the golf course. What an inspiration! I know that after he retired, he had the chance to spend a great deal of time with his large and loving family. To a life well-lived. God bless you Clif.