Gordon David Clayton, 81, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Margaret Clayton; his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Clayton; and brother, John Bob Clayton. Left to cherish his memory are his sons, John G. Clayton and wife, Brenda, J. Neal Clayton and wife, Amber; daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Clayton Lee; sister-in-law, Nita Clayton; grandchildren, Christen Clayton Beckham and husband, Kelly, Zachary G. Clayton and wife, Gracey, Dakota and Dylan Lee, Madison, Max, Macy and Mia Clayton; great grandchildren, William, Leo, Jack, Shepard, Charlie, David and one more on the way; and a host of other family, dear friends, and employees.
David proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He and Libby met while he was stationed at Port Isabel Naval Air Station in South Texas. Upon his discharge fromthe Navy he attended Gupton Jones Mortuary School in Dallas Texas where he became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He maintained his license for more than 60 years. David set the bar for professional standards in the funeral service industry. If you ever worked for him, you either learned these high standards or you were not around for long. David was a successful business owner of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Homes for many years. After selling the company to Stewart Enterprises, he served as the Division President for the Southwest Region for many years until his retirement.
David enjoyed investing and studying the stock market. He always made sure to keep up with current events and followed politics on his beloved FOX News. David and Libby loved traveling all over the world and often brought extended family and sometimes friends along on these great adventures. David was kind and generous throughout his life.
He would never ask you to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. David had a strong moral compass and always chose to do the right thing. One of his favorite sayings was “always remain above reproach”. He was a man of strong faith and always was a great example to everyone who knew him. David was affectionately known to all his grandkids and great grandkids as “Papa”. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in David’s honor to the charity of your choice. Please no flowers.
The visitation for David will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00 until 8:00