Accident claims man’s life

By Clint Parker

Leicester – A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of Josh Clifton, 30, of Leicester, Friday Morning (August 9th) when his truck went off an embankment while he was driving on Leicester Highway.

Leicester Fire Department Chief Chris Brown said his department received the call about 8:36 am and was on the scene by 8:41 am. There, department personnel found the vehicle had gone off the road and down a bank coming to rest in a field, the chief said. Whether Clifton was alive when rescuers arrived and when they transported him about 8:55 am, Brown could not answer due to medical privacy laws.

According to Clifton’s obituary, “he was the husband of Ashley Clifton and Daddy to his sunshine, Kaisley Mae Clifton”… and “the son of Anita and Mike King and Grandson to Bill Guterwill…He was employed by Blue Ridge Southern Railroad.”

The obituary described him as “…a simple farmer with a huge heart who was known for loving his daughter, wife, ‘Fur-baby’ Zeb, family, friends, farming, trucks, and music. He had an impact on everyone he met and was a true friend for life. He will be greatly missed and remembered by all who loved him.” Several people the Leader spoke with about the untimely death also agreed with that description of Clifton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 pm at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and he was buried at Highlands Cemetery. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Clyde
A. Erwin FFA.


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