Billy Edward Clayton

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Billy Edward Clayton, 55, of Paragould died Jan. 18, 2003, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

He was born March 10, 1947, in Clay County, the son of Rachael Marie Warren Clayton and the late Noah Oliver Clayton.

He was a jailer for Craighead County Sheriff's Department and was a lifelong member of the community. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church.

He was the former owner of Clayton Sinclair, former Marmaduke chief of police, and former jailer and deputy for Greene County Sheriff's Department.

He was preceded in death by his father, Noah Clayton, and one sister, Sarah Ellen Clayton.

Survivors include his wife, Sue (Hoggard) Clayton of the home; his mother, Rachael Marie Clayton of Marmaduke; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cathy and Marty Callantine of Paragould, Billie Jean and Sam Davis and Kami Kai Johnston, all of Rector; five brothers, Jerry Byron Clayton of Rector, Joseph Darrell Clayton and Randy Oliver Clayton of Marmaduke, George Nolan Clayton of Paragould and David Lee Clayton of Piggott; six sisters, Barbara Jean Carpenter of Marmaduke, Linda Louise Travis of Paragould, Mary Elizabeth Rasberry of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kathey Ann Wheat of Paragould, Peggy Luella Sutherland of Rector and Lesa Mechael Taylor of Cordova, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Suzie Freligh, Cody Callantine, Zachary Carter and Kailee Carter; one special grandchild, Kaitlin O'Neal; one great-grandchild, Jared Callantine; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Marmaduke First Baptist Church with Bro. Earl McKelvey and Bro. Marston Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery near Marmaduke with Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Dub Lawrence, Russell Stallcup and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department.