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Saturday June 25th, 2022
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Saturday June 25th, 2022
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Clifford Elkins

Clifford Dean Elkins was born February 13, 1961, in Morenci, Arizona to Charles Edwin Elkins and Sarah Beth Gale Elkins. He entered into rest June 10, 2022, in Safford, Arizona. 

Clifford was preceded in death by: his father, Charles Elkins; grandparents, Butch and Susie Gale and Frank and Corrine Cislaghi. He is survived by: his mother, Sarah Elkins; his brother, Michael Elkins (Cyndi), their four children, and great nieces and nephews; his sister June Gatlin (Cole), their six children, and great nieces and nephews. 

Clifford started his education in kindergarten in Douglas, Arizona. He attended first grade in Mesa, Arizona. Then his father's job took the family to Tyrone, New Mexico where he attended the Silver City Schools, graduating in 1979.

Clifford enjoyed playing sports like baseball and football, but his true passion was playing the trumpet in band. He was known as the kid that would go to the water tanks in Tyrone and serenade the town with taps in the early mornings before 6:00 a.m. During his senior year of high school at his last football game he was given the honor of being able to march with the band for the halftime show. 

During high school, Clifford worked for a paint and body shop called Peck Motors. He saved his money and purchased his first vehicle and motorcycle. After this he went to work at Phelps Dodge in Tyrone, working on the labor crew. The mine went on strike that summer and he moved to Safford, Arizona. He went to work for a construction company building the Glen Bar Cotton Gin. He worked there for several months, and then was involved in a major car accident, resulting in a severe head injury, which kept him in a coma for six weeks, and in the hospital for three months.

After months and months of rehab in Tucson and Safford, he settled in Tucson where he obtained a job working at a Goodwill store. He helped with pick-up and delivery. He later moved in with a friend and started taking care of her property and exotic animals. Clifford lived in Tucson for about 27 years, before returning to Thatcher where he purchased a home and resided for the last five years.

When Clifford was ready to give up the fight for his last days, he was taken to his Aunt Charlotte Reynolds home to pass in peace with his mother and Aunt Charlotte by his side. 

Funeral Services for Clifford will be conducted Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home's "Chapel of the Valley," by Pastor David Chapman. Burial will follow in the Franklin Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home's "Chapel of the Valley."

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A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

Dennis and Vicki Cook Jul 5 2022 7:34 PM

I’ll always remember Clifford as the cool cousin. The long hair, leather jacket and his motorcycle will forever be etched in my heart and mind. But the guy I most admire was the determined young man who never stopped fighting after that crash. He showed incredible resilience as he had to relearn everything. How to walk, talk, eat and just manage each day of life in a way most of us take for granted. I’ll never forget that after all that, he never lost his sense of humor, nor did he ever stop being the cool cousin. Always smiling, joking and setting a good example of how even a fragile life can still be lived to the fullest. Dear cousin, you are forever remembered for your positive spirit, admired for your strength and loved by everyone just because. May God be with your dear family as they send you on ahead. Jesus welcomes you.

Julie Jun 20 2022 11:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

Julie Jun 20 2022 11:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

Murlene Easley Jun 17 2022 12:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

Yolanda lee Jun 15 2022 10:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

Mike & Lolita Pate Jun 14 2022 2:37 PM

Dear Sarah, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. My sincere love and sympathy.

Gayrene Jun 14 2022 11:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clifford Elkins

LaDawn Hawkins Jun 13 2022 5:14 PM

I hope you can find peace and comfort in knowing you have the chance to see Clifford again someday. "There is going to be a resurrection". Acts 24:15

Nita Jun 13 2022 11:33 AM

We’ll miss you Clifford. Proud of the accomplishments you made in your battle. You knew you had to do it and you did. I loved hearing you play the horn. You had a real talent for that. Now there is no pain and you and grandpa can fish with the best

Bart and Bobbi Gale Jun 13 2022 12:13 AM

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