John Dewey Clayton, age 75, of Moorefield, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. Born Nov. 27, 1937, in Fort Run, W.Va., he was a son of the late George Washington Dewey Clayton and Wilmetta Jenkins Clayton.
John was preceded in death by his only brother, Wilbur Lee Clayton, in 1992.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Stewart Clayton; sister-in-law, Janet Clayton Rose; two nephews, J. Darby Clayton and Dewey Clayton; one niece, Jennifer Clayton Strawderman; four great-nephews and one great-niece.
Mr. Clayton served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 1960s. He began his retail management career with Coffman-Fisher Store in Moorefield, W.Va. In 1980, he retired as an operations and merchandise manager for Leggett/Belk Department Store. John was also an avid automobile enthusiast.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Elmore Funeral Home in Moorefield, W.Va. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Brad Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Olivet Cemetery in Moorefield, W.Va.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rig Assembly of God Church, 10 Queens Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836, or Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 733, Moorefield, WV 26836.
Arrangements are under the direction of Elmore Funeral Home.