Carol Ann Clayton

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Age 62


January 24, 2014
Hendersonville, North Carolina


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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 alumna 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 services 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 Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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Harry and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Carol was a special person and even though we lost touch I still considered her a friend. It has been 44 years since we were in each others wedding! My deepest sympathy.

My very Deepest Sympathy to Harry, sons, Chris & Craig, your familes, her Mom & Dad & her grandchildren, My prayers are with tou all thru this sorrowful heart breaking time. I lived up the road (Atlas & Buena Jackson's daughter, Caroll Jackson's sister)& we all went to school together. Carol Ann was a loving sweet lady who cherished life, family, God, & she will be missed but never forgotten. I remember her & Harry getting married-her happy moment began. i am so...

Paraying for the Family. Carol Ann was a Great Loving Lady. I lived by her, went to school with her, she will be deeply missed but NEVER FORGOTTEN

My Deepest Sympathy on your loss of a Great Loving Wife/Mother/Grandmother

When you and Miranda came to west, it was meant to be. I don't know if you knew how much of an impact you would have on every student. You didn't join our band, we joined your family. We'll miss you. Thank you for everything, Grandma Clayton. Miranda is a wonderful young woman, just like her grandmother.

Harry and family I was saddened by the death of Carol. Carol was always smiling and full of love for all. She will leave a legacy for all of you to remember and call on for comfort as days go by. God give you the peace of understanding at this time of great loss.

R.I.P. Mrs Clayton! You and Mrs Bennett were my favorite teachers

Carol always kept up with her family. She was always there when a family member was ill she helped so others could rest. She loved and adored all children . She put others before herself she had a great kindness under all circumstances.
I am sure she is right there with all the babies and children in heaven and has started a great band and chorus. Carol will be greatly missed but we will rejoice in her great reward in heaven .
With Love ,
Yvette Harrelson Bryson

Love and prayers to the family. What a wonderful lady you shared with those of us fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know her. May you find peace in the joy and sweet memories she left behind.