Clifford Morris Lane, also known as Papa to his family, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on January 16, 2024, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital. He was born on July 2, 1935, in Humboldt, TN.
Clifford led a fulfilling career and dedicated 36 years of his life to Dover Elevators as a procurement planner at the Horn Lake, MS office. His commitment to his work was commendable, and he retired with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Beyond his professional achievements, Clifford will be remembered for his vibrant personality and warm spirit. He had a great sense of humor that brightened the lives of those around him. Clifford had an uncanny ability to bring laughter into any situation and was often seen as the life of the party. His witty remarks and jokes never failed to put smiles on faces.
A loving family man, Clifford adored his wife Hilda Murrin Lane with all his heart. Their 65 years of marriage were filled with love, companionship, and unwavering support for one another. Together they built a beautiful life marked by cherished memories and deep connections.
Clifford's dedication to his children was evident in every aspect of his parenting. Whether it was taking them fishing or camping adventures or teaching them valuable life lessons about patience and discipline - as he always advised them to stay put until he gave them the signal to move - Clifford bestowed upon them timeless values that would shape their futures.
Among Clifford's many passions were storytelling and giving advice. He loved recounting tales from his time in the United States Air Force with great enthusiasm. One theme that prevailed in these stories was how cold it could get during those days - a testament to Clifford's resilience and ability to find humor even in challenging circumstances.
Woodworking and building things were activities that brought joy to Clifford's life outside of work. With meticulous attention to detail and a perfectionist's mindset, he crafted beautiful pieces that showcased his talent and passion. His creations will forever be treasured as symbols of his creativity and craftsmanship.
Clifford's military service in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Airman First Class, was another significant chapter of his life. He served with distinction and was esteemed by his peers. As a crew chief, everyone trusted Clifford to ensure their planes were ready for action. His diligence and expertise earned him the respect and admiration of all who worked alongside him.
Clifford is preceded in death by his children James (Jimmy) Lane and Melissa Miller, grandson Justyn Lane, brothers Glen, Richard, Gene, Alvin, sisters Elvie Strawn and Lucille Lunsford.
In addition to his loving wife, Clifford is survived by his son Carl Lane (Tifany) of Arkansas , daughter Tina Lane (Mark) of Southaven ,13 grandchildren 13 great grandchildren, son-in-law Mike Miller, sister-in-law Maysel Lane, nephew Billy Strawn, along with several other nephews and nieces. He also leaves behind brothers-in-law Eddie, Tony, and Clifford Murrin of Montreal Quebec Canada.
Clifford cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren - a reflection of the deep love he held for family. Their laughter and smiles brought immense joy to his heart. He was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren who will carry his memory forward through generations. Not to be forgotten are two beloved granddogs Max and BJ - loyal companions who brought happiness to Clifford's life.
To honor Clifford's life and celebrate the impact he had on those around him, visitation services will be held at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Southaven on January 22nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will take place on January 23rd at 2:00 PM at the same location. Immediately following the service, Clifford will be laid to rest in a burial ceremony at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Clifford lived a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections. His memory will forever be cherished by everyone fortunate enough to have known him. In our hearts, his spirit will continue to shine brightly, reminding us to embrace life's joys and to approach every moment with a sense of humor and genuine care for one another. May he rest in eternal peace.