Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 4:00 pm
Annie Sue Clift, 80, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Nov. 4.
She was born in Newbern, the daughter of James L. Clift and Mollie Sue Clift.
After graduation from Newbern High School in 1949, she attended UT Junior College in Martin and UT Health Science Center in Memphis, where she obtained her B.S. in Nursing degree. She worked in the delivery room at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis and then for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department as a member of the first “polio team” in Memphis to give the Salk polio vaccine. She later worked at Parkview Hospital, Dyersburg where she became Director of Nurses. In 1961 she accepted assignment as a missionary nurse to Japan by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. While there, she worked at the Japan Baptist Hospital and the Japan Baptist School of Nursing. She returned home to the United States and completed her Masters of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Master of Nursing degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to the mission field as a missionary nurse in Jibla Baptist Hospital in Jibla, Yemen from 1969-1971. She then returned to Kyoto, Japan and the Japan Baptist Hospital until 1972. After her father’s death in 1973, she remained in America to care for her mother and began teaching nursing at the University of Tennessee, Martin, where she became Professor of Nursing and taught nursing until 1991.
She is survived by three sisters, Ella Mae Poplin of Virginia Beach, VA, Ruby Harman (husband, Bob) of Brighton and Betty McClarty (husband, Larry) of Jenks, Okla.; two brothers, Crafton Clift of Naples, Fla. and Harry Clift (wife- Linda) of Bluff City; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Clopton Methodist Church in Brighton. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Clopton Methodist Church or to the Lottie Moon Missions offering of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.
Online condolences may be made to the family at Johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ms. Annie Sue Clift.