Donnie L. Clayton, 79, of Paragould, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021. He was born April 20, 1942, in Peach Orchard, to Floyd and Helen Clayton. Donnie was an Army veteran who served from January 1961 until December 1963, then served many years in the National Guard. Donnie worked at Emerson Electric for 40 years. We will miss so many things about Donnie, mostly his boisterous and contagious laugh. He loved playfully picking and pestering loved ones. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, playing with his dogs, taking care of his chickens, and music. Donnie loved the Lord and his church family. His family and wife, Debra, were his whole world. He was a family man with traditional values. He took care of his family. He was dependable, steadfast, stable, and always there when he was needed. He will be sorely missed and leave a huge void that can’t be filled. To his friends and family, cherish the many memories you have each made with him. We are truly sorry for your loss, but please take comfort that he’s in a better place and no longer in pain. He’s with Jesus in paradise waiting for you and me.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lloyd Clayton.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Debra Clayton of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Donnie “Goobie” and Robin Clayton of Paragould; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Hyde of Paragould, Sherry and Tony Eubank of Sikeston, Missouri, Tammy and Charles Eno of Paragould, Deborah and Butch Worsham of Paragould, Christina Whitaker of Paragould, and Sabrina and Max Bishop of Paragould; sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara and Smittey, Tarekia Kilpatrick, and Carol Saylors; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, at Phillips Funeral Home with Terry Songer and Marty Ezell officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Dustin Willie, Logan Clark, Hunter West, Blaine Pyland, Seth Whitaker, Christian Whitaker, and Aaron Eno will serve as pallbearers.
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