Clayton Knapp

Clayton Knapp, 89,  of Amarillo, TX, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend died August 26, 2019.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 7, 2019 at 10:30 am at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Kevin Deckard and Jeff Messer officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Clayton will be remembered for his generous heart and care for all that he knew.  He married Erma Russell Knapp on August 27, 1950 and they were married 1 day short of 69 years.  Their love and devotion to each other was evident to all.  Clayton was a loving and supportive father to his two sons, Wes and Rick, and taught them and his entire family what it means to be a husband and father.  Clayton adored all his grandchildren and great grandchildren and made each one feel special and loved.

Clayton had a deep and abiding love for God and was a committed Christian.  He exemplified the Christian characteristics of love, hope, patience, kindness, gentleness and faithfulness.  One of his greatest gifts was his ability to encourage others.

Clayton was born November 18, 1929 in Panhandle, TX.  He graduated from Panhandle High School in 1947 and attended a business college in Lubbock, TCU and graduated from West Texas University in 1953 with a BA in Accounting.

Clayton was a former co-owner of Western Builders with partners Horace Scott and Kermit Albertson where Clayton served as Chief Financial Officer.  He was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Administration Board and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He was past president of The Rotary Club of Amarillo and The Amarillo Club.  He served on the boards of the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, Amarillo College Foundation Trustees, West Texas State Foundation Trustees, Sears Methodist Retirement System, Board of Trustees of the Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Palo Duro Masonic Lodge, 1239.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron Taylor Knapp, his parents, Harold and Fay Knapp and a brother, Joe Wayne Knapp.

Survivors include his wife, two sons; Wes Knapp and wife,Toni, of Amarillo; Rick Knapp and wife, Tammy, of Dallas.  Eight grandchildren – Brad and Megan Knapp of New Orleans, Tom and Cassidy Knapp of Amarillo, Rachel Knapp of Amarillo, Alyson and Tom Burnett of Philadelphia, Julia and Stan Kendry of Richardson, Mark Everett and Lauren Knapp of New Orleans, EmElise Knapp of New York City, Barrett Knapp of Amarillo, and five great grandchildren – Miller and Hattie Knapp, Smith Knapp, Felix Burnett and Arthur Knapp.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested memorials be given to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St, Amarillo 79101. Bivins Pointe, 6600 Kilgore, Amarillo 79106, or your favorite charity.

The family is most appreciative of the loving care Clayton received while residing at Bivins Pointe for the last 8 years.

11 Replies to “Clayton Knapp”

  1. Erma my deepest condolences to you and your family. It was a great honor to have meet you and Clayton. I have missed both of you. I am truly saddened to know Clayton has passed away. May God give you and your family comfort. Thank you and Clayton for being special people in my life.

  2. Jerold is out of town today so can’t attend funeral. Please know our thoughts are with you at this time. God bless. Barry Family

  3. Clayton contributed so much to our community with his cheerful spirit, dedication, and intelligence. To his dear wife Erma and all the members of the family – I extend my sincere sympathy.

  4. Clayton always had the most contagious smile and that will always stand out in my memory. He was a person who truly lived his life as a kind, loving, caring Christian. Our family enjoyed many joyous celebrations and prayers of thanksgiving together. May Everyone be comforted by the loving memories of this wonderful person. Remember the example he set as we all go forth with our lives. Wishing you comfort and peace.

  5. Clayton was a wonderful man. He brought me so much joy in the time I knew him. Erma my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know he and my mom are catching

  6. It was a blessing to me to have known both of you in our short acquaintance at Bivins Point. My love and condolences to you and your family

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