Emanuel County couple to hold massive antique sale
by Halei Lamb | April 26, 2018 12:30 pm
Last Updated: April 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm
by HALEI LAMB
Clifford and Elizabeth Jones have a story as unique as their impressive antique tractor and car collection.
Their 65-year marriage dates back to a love affair that started in their adolescent years.
Elizabeth grew up in Summertown while Cliff, as she affectionately calls him, spent his childhood on a farm about seven miles outside of Swainsboro. The two went to school together until Cliff graduated.
With four years difference between them, life marched on. Clifford joined the Air Force, and it wasn’t until Elizabeth’s graduation that he pursued her romantically. She moved to Milledgeville to obtain her teaching degree, and finally, during the last quarter of her college career, the two married.
Clifford spent 22 years in the service, and his time in the military took him and his wife all over the country. Once he got out, Clifford worked for a stint as Swainsboro’s assistant city clerk until he purchased the local Dairy Queen. That business venture went so well that he went on to own seven additional Dairy Queen restaurants. All the while, Elizabeth found joy in filling the minds of her students.
The couple welcomed five children into their lives and made their home in Waynesboro. In the time since then, Clifford has amassed a number of antique tractors—106 to be exact. He made his first purchase in 1968.
When Cliff brought the John Deere machine home, Elizabeth says she was “a little perplexed,” as probably…
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