Carol-Clayton-Obituary

Carol Ann Clayton

Etowah, North Carolina

Age 62

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Carol Ann Orr Clayton

Etowah

- Mrs. Carol Ann Orr Clayton, 62, of Etowah, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 24, 2014.

Beloved by her colleagues and her many students, Mrs. Clayton began her career as a school bus driver for Etowah Elementary School in Henderson County. She also served as a bus driver and teacher's assistant for Estes Elementary School. Mrs. Clayton went on to earn a teaching degree from Mars Hill College and taught kindergarten at Avery's Creek Elementary School in Buncombe County for 7 years. As an alumni of West Henderson, she was very active with the high school Band Boosters, the Flying Falcons Marching Band, and the Concert Band. Affectionately known by all of the students as "Grandma", Mrs. Clayton often drove the activity bus to band competitions and football games. She grew up with horses and won many ribbons showing with The Racking Horse Breeders Association. Above all, her favorite activity was spending time with her granddaughters, especially at the beach. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tonya Lynette.

Mrs. Clayton is survived by her husband of 44 years, Harry Clayton, her parents, Marvin Orr and Marilyn McClain Orr of Etowah, sons; Craig Clayton and wife, Wanda of Hendersonville, Chris Clayton and wife, Mandy of Horse Shoe, brothers; Michael Orr and wife, Patsy of Cheraw, SC, Robert Orr and wife, Kathy of Franklin, NC and Milledgeville, GA, her beloved granddaughters; Miranda, Maddie and Gracie Clayton, 4 aunts, 1 uncle, 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Etowah Baptist Church with The Rev. Brian Henderson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Forest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Henderson High School Band Boosters Club, 3600 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28791.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.



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I worked with Carol at WW Estes when she was a teacher assistant. She had a great love and caring personality for all the children around her. What a great person! She will be missed greatly.

I am thinking about Carol's family during this most difficult time. Having worked on the same hall as Carol for the past seven years, I noticed her dedication to her students & peers. She was ALWAYS there. It just won't be the same to walk by her classroom early in the morning and not hear that country music playing. RIP

I am thinking about all of Carol's beloved family during this most difficult time. Having worked on the same hall as her for the past seven years, I always noticed and admired her dedication to her job & school (students and peers). She was ALWAYS there, no matter what. She will be missed greatly. And I must say that it just won't be the same to walk by her classroom early in the morning and not hear that country music playing.

I am thinking about all of Carol's beloved family during this most difficult time. Having worked on the same hall as her for the past seven years, I always noticed and admired her dedication to her school (students and peers). She was always there, no matter what. She will be missed greatly. And I must say that it just won't be the same to walk by her classroom early in the morning and not hear that country music playing.

Wanda, Craig, and girls...I am so sorry for your loss and I want you to know that I love you and am here if you need anything!!

I was Carol's assistant for several years. Her biggest joy in life was her family and her granddaughters. She spoke of them often and did so much for them. She was a hard working woman that never missed a day of work. I know her students are going to miss her. I can't believe she is gone. Her family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts.

I did not get to work alot with Mrs. Clayton but when I did you could tell she really loved teaching and seeing the expression on the kids face when they got it. She was a blast in the gym when she worked with April and myself for that week. Hope to see you someday in Heaven. You will be missed at ACES.

We will see her in the new world. John 5:28

I will miss our "chat sessions" on the playground while our students had recess together. I will miss hearing about your grandchildren, bandtrips, fundraisers and concession stories. Everyday when I would go inside I would yell to you "have a great day and I will see ya tomorrow." One day I will get that opportunity to reunite with you and we can catch up on old times. I will miss you everyday and I want to thank you for being a friend.