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J. Howard Clayton

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J. Howard Clayton Obituary
Clayton, J. Howard; of Bellaire, Michigan; born July 25, 1926; passed away June 21, 2014. Howard is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of 66 years; his children, Niki Griffin (Bob Blood) and Jeff (Lisa) Clayton; grandchildren, Brianna Griffin, Greg (Jen) Griffin, Jesse (Jen) Clayton and Megan (Seth) Gray; great grandchildren, Cody, Cassidy, Ben, Dayna, Clayton, Lucas and Jayda; brother, Jack (Connie) Strauss; sister, Billie D’Erminio; brothers-in- law, Ray (Jeanette), the late Norman (Geneva) and Tom (Barb); and his grand dog, Harley. Howard was a W.W.II Army Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater. He began his teaching career in Detroit and Birmingham. He transitioned to the Grand Blanc Community Schools as High School Principal and later as an Administrator, Personnel Director and Negotiator. For those that knew Howard, they will remember how honest, fair and caring he was. They will remember that he gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He always put others first before himself and they will also remember that the heart of the man was that of an educator. He was a teacher to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and he taught them how to embrace and practice the same personal character that he demonstrated throughout his life. Howard learned through his own childhood the importance of providing a stable and rich family environment. An environment that is supportive, loving and where your parents and grandparents are there for you no matter what. We have all benefited from that beyond measure. We are all luckier for his presence and the legacy he has left us. A legacy that puts family and friendship first. Dad, we love you and we promise to carry on your legacy. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2 p.m. at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. No one deserves more respect and gratitude than the loving caregivers at Waltonwood on Main and the nurses from Hospice of Michigan. Their support is of immeasurable importance to the families and is greatly appreciated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society or to Cure PSP. Reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com
Published in The Oakland Press on June 25, 2014
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