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Willie D. Clayton, Sr.

January 12, 1937 - January 22, 2019

A time and place for all things.  Ecclesiastes 3:1.

Willie Darnell Clayton, Sr. of McKinney, Texas passed away on January 22, 2019 at the age of 82.  He was born on January 12, 1937 to Larry K. and Mozelle (Frazier) Clayton in Melissa, Texas.  Willie accepted Christ at a very early age at Good Hope Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Marines. After leaving the service, he graduated from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree.  Willie then continued his education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondal, Illinois where he obtained his Master’s Degree and then accepted his calling in the ministry at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Carbondal, Illinois.  Willie married Jean Johnson on August 20, 1973 in McKinney, Texas and to this union three children were born, Gay, Mary and Willie, Jr.  Jean preceded him in death on April 26, 2004.  Willie later married Lois J. Turner in Plano, Texas on May 7, 2006 in Plano, Texas. He served as Sunday school teacher, sung in the choir, served as brotherhood president and other capacities within the church. His favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Willie leaves to cherish is memories, his loving wife of 12 years, Lois Clayton of McKinney, Texas; children, Gay Griffin and husband, Howard, Jr. of Garland, Texas, Mary Cooper and husband, Don of McKinney, Texas, Willie Clayton, Jr. of McKinney, Texas; Reginald Clayton and Chauncy Clayton both of Little Rock, Arkansas; stepsons, Kevin Wortham, Robert Wortham and wife, Gee and Marvin Wortham; sisters, Sandra Bell of Dallas, Texas and Betty Palmer and husband, Dennis of McKinney, Texas; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Clayton; parents, Mozelle Frazier Williams and L.K. Clayton; sister, Mary Evans, brother, James Williams and stepson, Michael Wortham.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at First Christian Church, 1800 W. Hunt St., McKinney, Texas 75069.  Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday evening between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

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Know that I am here for your family, and am praying for God to strengthen y'all during this time of your loss. We know God is still on the throne and he is a way maker in all situations. Gay, William, and Mary, be encouraged and trust in the Lord and he will see you through.
Sheila S., January 29, 2019 Condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace. Williams Family, January 29, 2019 Mr. Willie was my neighbor, he was a strong willed man. He knew what he wanted and he was so wise. He and his wife were the funniest most beautiful couple I have seen. I only knew for a few years. However, you could tell he was a great wise man. I am blessed to have known him and Mrs. Doll.
Princess Parker, January 29, 2019 Although Coach Clayton's obituary does not mention his work as a coach and teacher, I thought his family would like to know that he had touched so many of his students' lives in a positive way. He taught you things about life, right and wrong without you even realizing it. Often, through the years I have thought about those times in middle school and Coach Clayton and it always brings a smile to my face. There are so many little sayings that he had, that there is not enough room here, but my son to this day, when he drops a pass, he can hear me saying, what Coach Clayton said to me, "That boy needs a basket". God Bless him, his family and friends and may he Rest In Peace and may God comfort you in your time of mourning.
William Woolard, January 29, 2019 I am going to miss your laugh and you calling me "Sally"! You are at peace now. I Love you! Gay (Sally) Gay Griffin , January 28, 2019