Clifford was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Indianola. He was the son of Charles and Fern Place Guthrie, but was raised by his stepfather, T.O. Dillon.
He married Rhea Bennett on March 19, 1950, in Sidell. She survives of Danville. Also surviving are one son, Gene Guthrie of Danville, Ind.; two daughters, Sue (John) Batts of Yucca Valley, Calif., and Leslie (Henry) Vasquez of Weston, Fla; one brother, Ray (Kaye) Dillon of Veedersburg, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Chad Batts, Brandon Batts, Geoffrey Guthrie, Ryan Vasquez, Greggory Guthrie, Gretchen Guthrie, Brittany Vasquez, Gary Guthrie, Gina Guthrie and Gabriela Vasquez; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Fae Guthrie; one brother, Gene Allen Guthrie; and daughter-in-law, Jill Guthrie.
Clifford graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's and a master's degree. He was a teacher at Fairmount for one year. He taught and was an administrator at the Danville public schools for 12 years. Then he was a teacher and administrator for the Bassett Unified School District in California for 20 years. After retiring in California, he returned to Illinois and taught at the Jamaica School for nine years. He also coached elementary basketball and Little League baseball. He taught night school and worked recreation on the weekends.
He was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church, was a 50-year Mason, and was a life member of the California and Illinois Teachers Associations.
He enjoyed sports and was an avid Cubs and Illini fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Charlie Graul and Pastor Gene Guthrie officiating, with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Sidell United Methodist Church.
Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.robisonchapel.com.