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William "Bill" Joseph Clayton

Tuesday, October 2nd, 1945 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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Obituary

Mr. William "Bill" Joseph Clayton, 73, of Sardis, MS passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Clayton was born on October 2, 1945 in Memphis, TN to Ouida Grace Clayton and Hugh Clarence Clayton.
He was a member of the Sardis United Methodist Church and a member of the Mississippi Bar Association. He was a proud member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a graduate of The University of Mississippi School of Law. He was later elected to serve as Panola County’s prosecuting attorney He was multi-talented and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and loved dogs. As a pilot, he enjoyed flying and in his spare time, he loved to read, make jewelry, gunsmith, and photographer. Mr. Clayton also enjoyed woodworking and is remembered as a history buff. He was a member of the DeSoto Gun Club, the NRA, the Confederate Air Force, and the Panola County Airport Board.

To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his loving family which includes his wife, Genell Mattox Clayton of Sardis, MS; two daughters, Carrie Clayton Carullo (Matt) of Oakton, VA and Cati Clayton Frey (Larson) of Madison, MS; one son, Don Clayton of Batesville, MS; one step-daughter, Brooke Anthony Savell (Shay) of Brandon, MS; one step-son, Allen C. Anthony, II (Tina) of Hernando, MS; and ten grandchildren. Mr. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Clayton's life will be celebrated with services being held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2 pm in the Sardis Chapel of Ray-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery with Dennis Darby, Gaines Baker, Rusty Barnes, Chris Mattox, Travis Ferguson, Ken Kairit, Charlie Carter and Dr. L.G. Evans serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held on Thursday in the funeral home from 12 pm - 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ray-Nowell Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Sardis Chapel
    Address
    232 S. Main St.
    SARDIS, MS 38666
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Ray-Nowell Funeral Home - Sardis Chapel
    Address
    232 S. Main St.
    SARDIS, MS 38666
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Arrangements are entrusted to Ray-Nowell Funeral Home.
    Officiant
    Bro. Hal Johnson
  • Interment

    Location
    Rose Hill Cemetery
    Address
    N. Main St.
    SARDIS, MS
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Clayton Vance

Posted at 05:40pm
I remember working at the law office in the little blue house. I worked there when Mom got out of law school. Mr. Bill was a funny guy driving his old Oldsmobile with his knees while going to the courthouse. He was a great man, and he will be missed.

Sincerely,

Clayton Vance
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Hester Sims

Posted at 01:07pm
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Dear Carrie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Lifting you up in prayer as you grieve. May the Lord comfort you as only He can. Lots of Love,
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