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Clifton Ray May

Clifton Ray May

Clifton Ray May passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas.

He was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Van Alstyne, Texas, to Thomas M. and Margaret Catherine (Wolfe) May. He graduated from the Van Alstyne Public Schools in 1958.

Clifton earned a football scholarship to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated with a degree in business and worked as a corrections officer and superintendent of Girlstown in Whiteface, Texas, a young women’s rehabilitation facility.

He moved to Artesia with his first wife, Gretchen, and son William Tatom in 1974 and worked in the oil and gas industry until retiring from Yates Petroleum in 2013.

Survivors include his son, Tatom; granddaughter Sadie May; sister Jean Thomas; brother Dewayne May; stepson Eric Gunderson; stepdaughter Jana Gunderson; and his beloved grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita D. Gunderson-May.

No public services are scheduled.