September 2, 1988 ~ August 9, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Josh  Clifton, 30, of Leicester, unexpectedly went home to Jesus on August 9th 2019.

He was the husband of Ashley Clifton and Daddy to his sunshine, Kaisley Mae Clifton.

Josh was the son of Anita and Mike King and grandson to Bill Guterwill. He was preceded in death by his Nana, Peggy Guterwill, and great aunt and uncle, Louise and Woody Reeves.

He was employed by Blue Ridge Southern Railroad.

He was a simple farmer with a huge heart who was known for loving his daughter, wife, “Fur-baby” Zeb, family, friends, farming, trucks, and music. He had an impact on everyone he met and was a true friend for life. He will be greatly missed and remembered by all who loved him.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue and burial will follow at Highlands Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clyde A. Erwin FFA.


Funeral Service: August 14, 2019 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: August 13, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: August 14, 2019 3:30 pm

Highland Cemetery
42 Gudger Chapel Rd.
Leicester, NC 28748

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  1. Josh was a special type of fellow one you don’t see very often. Heaven gained another angel yesterday. He will be watching down on all who he left behind friends and family. Our prayers go out to Mike and Anita and to Ashley and the little girl. He will be truly missed. We love you all.

    Gary, Gayna (Woody), Katelyn, Kindall Edmonds :& Brandon Lamb Do not hesitate to call us if you need any of us.

  2. We never had the chance to really get to know you Josh, but I see you have touched so many lives in the short time you were here. Go rest high on that mountain young man. Prayers to the family and friends-Angie & Joe Newell

    • Mike & Family
      So sorry for your loss. Can’t imagine what you are going through. Will be praying for you. May God bless you all through the hard times, until you see him again.
      Scott Turner & Family

    • Ashley, Janice and family,
      We are so sadden to hear this news. May you all feel Gods comfort. You all are in our prayers.

  3. So sad to hear about the passing of a Son, Husband, and Daddy. Our hearts break for your loss. May “The God of ALL COMFORT “ be close to you now and in the weeks to come.

  4. Josh was one of the most genuine men I have had the honor to know and will be greatly missed. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

    Landon and Cheyenne Miller

  5. Josh I never knew you but I definitely know ur wife. From what I see and hear u were a great son, husband, father, and friend. You may lay easily because your family will be taken care of, you left them with many family and friends to watch over them. AND we all know u will be watching also.

  6. Anita, as one mom to another, I am devastated for you. I would never wish anyone to lose a child. I love you as dearly now as I did in high school. You’re always the strong one for everyone else. If you need me, I’m here.

  7. My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of tragedy. I am Blake Shook’s grandma and although I haven’t met any of you except Alexis, Blake has told me what a wonderful loving family you are. My prayers are with all of you.

  8. I will always remember that sweet little boy I had in 4th grade, and from all I hear he was still that sweet young man. So sad to hear the news, but comforting to know he is at home in heaven. We pray God’s love surrounds you during your journey without him.

  9. Mike & Anita
    My heart goes out to both of you as well as Josh’s wife and precious child. There is not like loosing a chil. God does not make mistakes. He needed Josh more than the ones he has left to grieve. Yes heaven did gain another angel. If any of you should need anything please don’t hesitate to let me know. One thing for sure Josh is rejoicing today and forever moreNo more sadness or sorry will he have now.
    Keep you chins up and your eyes toward heaven.
    Love both of you Mike & Anita..

  10. We will never forget that beautiful wedding on the mountain top! Ashley and family, our heart goes out to you. We didn’t know Josh personally but always heard wonderful things about him. So thankful to know he is in Heaven rejoicing with other loved ones and with His wonderful Savior. Our Heavenly Father will wrap his loving arms around you, and yours, too, Ashley. So hard to understand, but HE knows it all. Please know that we are praying for and weeping with you. Love, your second cousin Peggy, and Jim.

  11. Please know that the entire Family has all of our thoughts and prayers, now and always.
    We will always be here for you.
    We love you so much Anita and Mike.
    Praying God wraps his arms around you.

  12. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of the family. Life on earth may be a little darker but heavenly light is shining on you as Josh takes his place with our Father on high. Please know that each of are in the hearts and prayers of many and if anything else can be done, you’ve only to ask. May our loving God wrap you in His loving arms and carry you through these difficult days.

  13. Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. I’ve known him since he was a little boy, we pray God’s grace would surround at this time and comfort you.

  14. Anita, Mike, Don & Family:

    My heart is broken for all of you. I pray the Lord will hold each of you close, give you strength and peace during this time. I love you Anita & Don.

  15. Ashley…..there are no words to make this easier. Just know that me and my family are praying for you and your beautiful daughter. I know from experience that God will cherish and comfort you during this journey.

  16. Mike, Anita and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace knowing what a wonderful son he was and that he is with our Lord and Savior. We are praying for you and your family. May God’s grace carry you through these trying times. If we can ever be of any help in any way please let us know.

  17. Mike,Anita,Ashley and sunshine. I am praying for you and pray God’s love and comfort will be with you during these difficult days. You were there for us when we lost Alex and I am here for you
    Love you
    Gerald and Gayle Robinson

  18. May GOD wrap his arms around you! I didn’t know him, but I felt like I needed to let you know that GOD NEEDED ANOTHER ANGEL TO COME HOME.

  19. Ashley…May God comfort and guide you and Kaisley through this troubled time. Praying that God will give you all the strength and wisdom you need and surround you with love and support.
    Love to You and Your Family

  20. Anita and Mike,
    Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. Josh was a good person and always very helpful. We were so pleased how he and the others boys that hung around your house took Cody under their wing like a little brother, something Cody will never forget. We never had the privilege to get to know Ashley but our hearts are breaking for her and Josh’s beautiful little girl. We hope you know that if you need anything we are here for you both. We love you guys and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Scott & Sonya Robinson

  21. Mike, Anita, and family, may God bless and comfort you all in this truly sad time. Out hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to you all and hope you can find comfort in God’s plan for us all. We are truly sorry for your loss….

  22. Thinking of you all. Use your many great memories to help you through your loss. May God keep you in His loving care.

  23. Ashley, I have not known you long, but from viewing the video you had a husband who loved life, God’s blessings in nature, family, you, and your precious little girl. No one should have to bury their husband at the age of 30. No one should have to leave behind a small child without her father. No, no, no, this should not be your reality, but what I have learned about you in the very short time I have gotten to know you, you would never say, “NO” to the fact this shouldn’t happen to you, it could have happened to anyone. You would say, ‘NO” I am not going to let my little girl not know and remember her father. I will find a way to carry on his memory. All the “no’s” you will find the strength to make them yes’s. Yes, you will be strong. Yes, you will put your child first, and YES, God will be there to hold your hand every day.

    My heart brakes for you, and you have my love and prayers.

    Respectfully and sincerely,
    Connie Allen (RES)

  24. Ashley and Family,
    We are trying to imagine what you need most now and are praying with compassion for those very things. While your world is shaken up, we pray that you experience Christ as good and solid. May He be and provide your comfort, provision and hope.

  25. You are in our Prayers during this most difficult time. May God keep you all in his loving arms until we all meet again. Love to all.

  26. Anita and Mike,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son Josh. I pray for the Lord to comfort you and bring you healing. My sincere condolences to you.

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