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Willie Rubel Clayton

Willie Rubel Clayton, 85, of Dunlap, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019. He was a gospel preacher for over 50 years at congregations in Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee, an Elder at two different congregations, and presently a member at the Dunlap church of Christ. He was a public school teacher for 28 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Vera Smith Clayton; three brothers, Paul, Audie and J.D. Clayton; and two sisters, Hazel Gann and Ruby Emmerson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patty Grady Clayton; children, Freddie (Tammy) Clayton, Kim (Cheryl) Clayton, and Debbie (Glenn) Eidson; sister, Sue Emmerson; seven grandchildren, Jarred, Hannah, Sarah, Rebekah, David, Darren and Willie; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, along with special caretakers, Candace Boston and Amber Randolf.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 9 in the funeral home chapel with Freddie Clayton officiating. Burial was in Johnson-Lewis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gospel Broadcasting Network or Good News Today.

An online guestbook is at

  Ewton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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