Clifton Aynesworth Mann – July 15, 2011


Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North West Texas officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Clifton Aynesworth Mann was born in Waco on January 29, 1945 to Nancy Milling Aynesworth Mann and Thomas Clifton Mann.  Thomas Mann was a career U.S. Ambassador, and as a result, Clifton had the opportunity to live as a child and young adult in Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Greece.  He was multi-lingual and had a passion for theology, history, travel, cultural research, and archeology.
Clifton graduated from The Landon School for Boys in Washington, D.C. in 1963, Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1967, the University of Texas School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1970, and from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin with a Master of Divinity in 1979.  He was ordained Deacon in 1979 and Priest in 1980.
In 1970, Clifton was a law clerk in the Texas Supreme Court and then practiced law in Laredo until 1976.
Clifton served Christ Church, San Antonio; St. Michael’s, Austin; St. Stephen’s, Lubbock; and St. Andrew’s, Amarillo.  He served his Diocese as a member and President of the Standing Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, alternate to General Convention, Dean of the Panhandle Deanery, and a member of the Ecclesiastical Court.
He married Jo Roberts Mann in 1991, and they are blessed with a combined family of six daughters and sons in law.  The children are Elizabeth and Wayne Crouch and daughters Cleo, Grace, and Eleanor; Victoria and Paul Brown and children Hannah and Jonah; Caroline and Clifton Bennett and child Michal; Tamsen and Fred Cohagan and children Liam and Kailen; Caty and John Albert and children Ausley and Anna; and Aidan and Brian Reed and children Jordan, Logan, and Dylan.
Clifton loved his ministry, his children and grandchildren, and his church family.  He had an insatiable curiosity and was sustained in his work by the challenge of teaching and preaching.  His sense of humor was wonderfully clever and continuously surprised and delighted his friends and family.
Clifton is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and granddaughter.
Memorials may be sent to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 South Georgia, Amarillo, Texas 79102 or the charity of choice.

0 Replies to “Clifton Aynesworth Mann – July 15, 2011”

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Clifton. I wish I could of gotten to know him better. I enjoyed getting to know him for the short time. My sincere condolences to his family.

  2. Jo, I was startled, stung and deeply saddened by Clifton’s death. I have such wonderful memeories of you both here in Austin.
    My fervent prayer is that you, your family and St. Andrews will find God’s healing that Clifton would most desire. With Love and Compassion,
    Barbara

  3. My condolences to the friends and family of “Cliff Mann” from one of his Yale Classmates. I regret that we never connected again after college. It appears clear from the prior comments that he was a towering figure in the Church and community who will be greatly missed.
    Alan Burdick, Honolulu

  4. Jo,I am deeply, deeply saddened by this news. How I love your church. Clif’s sermons and his messages in the monthly newsletters were so powerful for me in their simplicity, their clarity, their understanding, their brilliance–helping me to view Scripture and our world in ways I had never understood before. Each month when the newsletter came, I immediately sat down and read his words. He was a powerful teacher, and I was an unsuspecting student. With love and sympathy. Flo Ann Randle

  5. Clifton and Jo changed my life totally. Before I met him I was neither Christian, Episcopalian, a volunteer in local charities, self-employed, a leader at my church, or best of all Married to the woman I met attending my church in Lubbock.
    Clifton was my priest, my teacher, a person I confided in, someone I laughed with and most important of all my friend.
    I am very sad at his death and forever grateful that I met him.

  6. Mother Jo
    I have so many fond memories of Clifton’s sermons and stories. Such an amazing, learned, bold and compassionate communicator. He has touched so many lives. I am a better person because I knew him. May God bring you peace.

  7. I first met Clifton in 1949 on the steps of Alexander Hall of Baylor University. I had a date with his cousin, a student there. Clifton, over the years, became my favorite “cousin-in-law” because of his wonderful mind, great curiosity, loving heart, and big gracious soul. My sympathy goes to all the Manns.

  8. Mtr. Jo,
    You and your family are in our prayers.
    Richard, Marilyn and Amanda Partney
    Courtney and Bobby Norgaard

  9. Jo,
    I was deeply saddened when I learned of Clifton’s death. Both you and he taught me a lot and shaped me in ways you will never know. God be with you, your family and the congregation of St Andrews.

  10. Jo: Clifton loved church history and was stellar in his passing this love on to us. Our prayer for you and yours is that all of you will continue to experience God’s loving presence.

  11. Jo, Clifton was a great teacher, with his love of church history being the impetus for his humorous and ‘right on’ teaching. Our hearts go out to you and yours. Our prayer for you and your loved ones is that all of you will continue to experience God’s loving grace.

  12. I had not talked to him in several years, in fact seldom since he left Austin. but, I knew he was there. He was my priest and I loved him.

  13. Mother Jo,
    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loving husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear husband he was so sweet and he had a good personality he will be missed by all i am so glad that i got a chance to know him
    my prayers are with you and your family

  15. I am truly saddened. I went to Landon with Clif, as we called him, and although I never suspected a religious vocation, he was conspicuously one of the best kind of young men; and I’ve truly never forgotten him. My best wishes and prayers for his family and friends.

  16. What a privilege to know Fr. Clifton! His brilliance is a loss to us all. I loved his Sunday School class the best and could listen to him and Mother Jo all day. I will miss him!
    May god bless the family, especially you, Mother Jo (and us, the congregation) during this time.

  17. Dear Jo, Years have passed since I last saw you and served on the board of the Seminary of the Southwest with you, but you were always a bright spot in the work I did there. I am so sorry to hear about your husband, Clifton, and remember your always speaking of him so lovingly. I now live part of the year at Sewanee, TN and part in Louisiana, and I will ask the Anglican nuns at St. Mary’s here on The Mt. to pray for you and for your family, and I will do the same. God bless you and love, Diane

  18. Jo and Family,
    Clifton was such a joy and will be greatly missed. I was glad to know him. You and all your family are in my prayers. I will remember his smile and his love of life.
    Peace and Love, Moria

  19. Mama Jo,
    We were so sad to hear the news about Clifton. He will continue to be a force in our lives and we will be forever grateful for his influence on us. We are traveling and unable to be with you during this difficult time, but our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and St. Andrew’s.
    Much love,
    Conn, Mary, and Liz

  20. I was privileged to know Clifton, and my heart is with you, Jo. Thank you both for loving Marty.
    Bobbie

  21. To the Mann family,
    I am deeply sorry for the loss of Rev. Clifton. He was a wonderful teacher, spiritual guide and will be truly missed by the congregation.
    May God continue to comfort you during this most difficult time.
    Ginger

  22. My sincere condolences to Mother Jo and the entire family. I feel very fortunate to have had Clifton and Mother Jo baptize my two daughters and to have been apart of St. Andrews. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Mother Jo,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband! I wish I could hug you but you will get one from me when school starts, for sure. I didn’t know your husband, except for meeting him a few times, but I do know he was a special man, because he was wise enough to marry such a special and loving person, such as you. Just know you and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you during this time and give you His peace.
    Love in Christ,
    Darla

  24. Father Clifton, was a brilliant, gentle, charming individual, well loved by his parishioners and I imagine everyone else who knew him. My sincere condolences to Jo and the rest of his family.

  25. What a great ministry Rev. Mann had – and so many people were blessed by his calling.
    May his soul rest in peace. Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe

  26. A truly faithful servant who taught me and moved me closer to the Master. I will thank Clifton for this when I see him again.

  27. We were blessed to know Cliftonm and share a part of his life. What a great inspiration to us all.
    He will be greatly missed. With love, Jim Graves

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