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.