Clifton Shrum

Obituary of Clifton M. Shrum

Clifton McClain Shrum, 91 years of age, of Stonecrest Manor in Lafayette Tennessee passed away October 10, 2011 at St. Thomas Hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services for Mr. Clifton M. Shrum were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Ricky Wilson and Reverend Terry Hagan officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are his grandsons: Derrick Shrum, Alex Shrum, Mac Watson, and nephews Audie Cook, Ronnie Cook, Tim Gann, and Danny Shrum. Clifton was the oldest son of Hazel Audie and Priscilla Oma Shrum. Clifton married the love of his life Joyce Butler Shrum in 1943 before shipping out to war. He was a decorated veteran of WW II serving in the D- Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and was a member of General Patton's forces which liberated P.O.W. camps and concentration camps across Europe. Clifton was best known for his years as the owner of Clifton's Quik Dip restaurant in Lafayette. Clifton's, as it was affectionately referred to by the hundreds of Macon County teenagers was a place where kids spent many happy days and nights circling the restaurant and enjoying good food and good times in a wholesome atmosphere. His ability to provide a place for kids to gather was always special to him. Clifton also worked at the Hartsville Nuclear Plant and in his latter years alongside his son Mark at Championship trophies where the staff there, were like a 2nd family to him. Clifton enjoyed collecting glassware and enjoyed square dancing and spending time with his family. He was saved as a young man and joined Old Bottom Missionary Baptist Church in 1953, later he enjoyed attending Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his wife, Joyce in 1981, his sons, David in 1993 and Mark in 2009, brother, Billy and his wife Mabel Shrum and sister, Hazel Cook Tuck of Lafayette. Surviving to cherish his memory are; daughters, Marilyn (Billy) Randolph, Smyrna, TN. Priscilla (Pat) Watson , Brentwood, TN. and son, Phillip (Jill) Shrum of Goodlettsville, Daughters-in-law, Lynn Shrum of Lafayette, TN, and Judy Shrum Blair of Bowling Green, KY, his sister, Helen Gann of Lafayette, TN, grandchildren, Derrick Shrum, Dana Winkler, Melissa Cummins, Robin Cox, Lindsay Watson Daman, Mac Watson, Kande Jacobsen, Brooke O'Donnell, Korie Ducharme, Allie Ellis, and Alex Shrum, great grandchildren, James Thurman, Logan Winkler, Jordyn Cummins, Zach Cummins, Zoie Ducharme, Luke Ducharme, Kylie Cox, MaKenzie Cox, Cain Cox, and James Thurman, and one great great-grandchild, Blake Thurman. Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements. (615)666-2189 or