Baxter G. "Joe" Clayton – October 30, 2011

Baxter G. “Joe” Clayton, 91, of Amarillo, died on Sunday, October 30, 2011.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd with Roy Wheeler officiating.  Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Mr. Clayton, the youngest of five children was born on December 1, 1919 in Manitou, Kentucky.  He married Wilburna Scown in 1944 and they were married sixty-five years.  He graduated from Hanson High School in Hanson, Kentucky in 1936.  After graduation he was engaged in farming until being drafted into Military Service in October of 1941.  He spent four years and three months in Military Service.  Veteran of Philippine Islands and the South Pacific as a member of the 873rd Aviation Engineering Battalion.  Mr. Clayton served in Hollands, New Guinea, Biak, Leyte, Zamboanga, and in Okinawa.  He was privileged to serve with General Douglas McArthur in the invasion of Leyte, PI in 1944.  Before going overseas he was stationed at Shepard Field Wichita Falls, Texas and later transferred to the Amarillo Field.  After the war, he returned to the United States aboard the USS Missoula in 1946 and was discharged from Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX.
While attending Amarillo College, he secured a position with Moorlane Co., an Industrial Supply Company, where he worked for twelve years.  In 1958 he helped organize Western Industrial Supply Company, as a salesman until January of 2000, at which time he was employed by Waterworks Sales Co., as a salesman.  His career in sales covered fifty-six years.
Mr. Clayton was a member of Hillside Christian Church and served as an elder for three terms and was a chairman of the Benevolent Committee for fifteen years.  He had supported the Performing Arts including the Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Little Theatre and the Lone Star Ballet.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Joe Moses in May of 1996; a granddaughter, Breanna Moses in 2002; and his wife, Wilburna Clayton in 2006.
Survivors include his sister, Evelyn Branson of Bradenton, FL; three grandchildren, Freddie Joe Moses, Clayton Grout Moses and John David Moses; and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Nicholas Elrod.
The family will be at 3308 Lombard Road in Amarillo and suggests memorials to Hillside Christian Church, Building Committee, 6100 Soncy Rd., Amarillo, TX  79119, or to a favorite charity.

0 Replies to “Baxter G. "Joe" Clayton – October 30, 2011”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, he was a very kind and gentlemanly person. I feel honored to have known him.
    -Judy Pace
    Retired/City of Borger

  2. Sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He and Wilburna were very kind and dear to us while in Amarillo. I served as Education Minister at Paramount Terrace for 5 years (1974-79, then started Westview Christian, in Amarillo, and was there until 2005. We moved to Horseshoe Bay, Tx. for retirement. Joe always had such a kind spirit and would help, or assist in any way. God bless your family and wish you well.
    Charles Waugh, 402 Quick Silver, Horseshoe Bay, Tx. 78657 (830-596-8202)

    Sharon and I have known Joe and Wilburna 40 years.
    WE have been in service to the LORD with them in Sunday School, bible studies,committees,food drives,sheparding,bevolence and other activities. Not a more caring and LOVING couple ever walked this earth.

  4. Our sincerist condolences to Mr. Claytons family in your time of what must be a great loss ,Although we did not know him we had been told he was a great man whom meant alot to family especially Fred who admired, and loved him.
    Also a man of his community And an asset to his country when called upon.
    He will be sorely missed

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