On August 19, 2014, Neville Taylor Clayton "Little Cowboy" completed his journey in touching so many lives with his compassion, kindness, humor, gentle nature, and love. Born in Halifax Hospital on February 15, 1929, he was a true Florida native who continuously emulated his Southern hospitality in all aspects of his life. Growing up in Daytona Beach, Neville had a wealth of history and memories which he never was at a loss to share with family and friends. After graduating Mainland High School in 1947 then attending the University of Florida at the College of Engineering, he returned to Daytona Beach to join his father J.T. Clayton, Sr. at Clayton Foundry & Siren Company. Their foundry manufactured various metal items which are still being utilized today such as manhole covers on many of the streets that are driven upon and walked over today. Neville and his father were instrumental in making items for the World War II war effort. Those items included parts for sub chasers and the trigger mechanism for the A bomb. He was responsible for the gear work and welding for Volusia County Road and Bridge. Neville was widely known with the original NASCAR drivers and crew members for manufacturing various auto parts needed for any upcoming races at the speedway. Neville enjoyed hunting, fishing, constructing and racing miniature cars. His name and his boat 'Samsula Beach' were well known during shrimp runs in the Halifax River. He was an active member on the South Daytona zoning board and was a Councilman for the city. Mr. Clayton was a charter member of First Baptist Church of South Daytona. He diligently served on the building and grounds committee for many years and was a faithful Sunday School member. Neville was a member of Masonic Lodge #270 and was a 32 degree Mason. Neville is survived by his wife of 58 years, J.R. Clayton, his three children, Becca of South Daytona, Preston of South Daytona, Dorislyn of Wake Forest, N.C., his brother James T. (Jimmy) Clayton, Jr. of Pleasant Grove, Alabama, and six grandchildren. Mr. Clayton is also survived by his beloved cousins, Dr. Rusty Taylor, Rev. Allen Taylor, and Tommy Taylor. He was predeceased by his father, J.T. (Cowboy) Clayton, Sr. and mother, Doris Taylor Clayton, uncles Stanley Taylor, Cap Taylor, and Ralph Taylor. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M at Cardwell, Baggett and Summers Funeral Home, 3571 S. Ridgewood Ave, Port Orange, FL 32129. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 A.M at First Baptist Church of South Daytona, 2197 Kenilworth Ave, South Daytona, FL 32119. Interment will follow at Daytona Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.cardwellfuneral.com. Memorial Donations can be made to First Baptist Church South Daytona.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 21, 2014