He was preceded in death by his parents, Cora I. and Thomas M. Clayton; and brother, James Earl Clayton.
He was a retired master sergeant in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years of service.
He is survived by his loving wife, Evie Lee Clayton, of the residence; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Michael Newham of Pendergrass, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law: Bill and Deane Clayton of Ringgold, Ga., Steve and Debbie Clayton of Cleveland; sister, Tommie Lee Stephenson of Cleveland; brother, Kenneth I. Clayton of Ringgold; grandchildren: Mollie, Kyle, and Andrew Clayton and Matthew Johnston; great-grandson, Elijah Johnston; and nieces and nephews.
A service will be held Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with the Rev. Nick Blevins and Brother Preston Cronan officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Bradley County.
You may leave the Clayton family a message on the tribute wall, upload photos or light a memorial candle at www.julianpeeples.com.
Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel, Dalton, Ga., is in charge of funeral arrangements. For more information, call 706-259-7455.