On Saturday, May 1, 2021, Michael Reid Clifton, loving husband, brother and son, devoted father of 3 children and friend to many, passed away at the age of 50, at his home in Mt Pleasant, SC.
Born on March 2, 1971 in Salisbury, NC, Michael was a son of Mrs. Bobbie Creasy Clifton and the late Reid Eugene Clifton. From early childhood, his elementary teachers said he could never sit still and that remained true throughout his life. Always on the move, Michael loved playing basketball and carried that passion throughout his whole life into adult league play. He had an entrepreneurial spirit which led him to pursue a business degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he met the love of his life, fellow Seahawk, Tiffany Baldwin Clifton, his wife of 23 years. They have 3 children, Michael Reid Clifton II, 19, Sarah Grace Clifton, 16, and Whitley Graham Clifton, 14.
At UNCW, Michael, as a brother of Kappa Sigma, served as the President of the campus Interfraternity Council. Michael's MBA is from the Citadel. His career landed him in Mt Pleasant, SC where he has resided since 1996.
Warm and welcoming to all, Michael never knew a stranger. From soccer sidelines to live music venues, he met, made, and entertained many friends. A perfectionist and a master of organization, Michael excelled at home projects, event planning, trip planning, helping neighbors, coaching youth sports teams and much much more. And nothing made him happier than a day boating the waterways with family and friends.
A highly valued member of the same national electrical distributor for more than 25 years, his most recent role as Area Manager for Capital Electric allowed him to share his expertise and leadership skills with clients and co-workers, whom he considered family.
Michael's good natured personality and sense of humor endeared him to many and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Reid Eugene Clifton. He is survived by his wife Tiffany Clifton, his children, his mother, Bobbie Clifton (Larry Champion), his sister, Melissa Clifton Gillespie (Eugene Gillespie) and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 PM in the evening at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464. The service will also be livestreamed for remote viewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Michael Reid Clifton may be made to a fund that has been set up for the Clifton childrens' college fund: https://gofund.me/dc6ab0ff
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at https://www.mcalister-smith.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-3833.