Hilda Clayton
Poteet Funeral Home
3637 Walton Way Extension
Augusta, GA
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Specialist Hilda I. Clayton, age 22, of Augusta, GA., member of the 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera Unit, 21st Signal Brigade, Fort Meade, Maryland, passed away Tuesday July 2, 2013. Hilda was born on May 21, 1991 in Augusta, GA., and attended and graduated from Westside High School in 2009. Survivors include her husband, Specialist Chase E. Clayton, member of Charlie Company 1-30 IN 2 ABCT, 3rd IN Fort Stewart, GA.; her mother, Evelyn Suarez of Augusta, GA., and her father, Ellis Ortiz of Orlando, FL., 5 sisters, Josie Suarez of Augusta, GA., Milka Ortiz of Orland, FL., Annielis Ortiz of Orlando, FL., Elizabeth Guzman of Orlando, FL., Jessica Guzman of Orlando, FL.; 2 brother, Jesse Suarez of Grovetown, GA., Ellis Ortiz Jr.; mother-in-law, Ann Woodfork of Ft. Jackson, S.C.; Maternal grandmother, Miguelina Rosario of Bronx, NY; Paternal grandmother, Felicita Casto of Queens, NY., and Paternal Grandfather, Ruban Ortiz Morales of Puerto Rico. Family will receive friends Friday from 12 Noon to 8 pm at The Poteet Funeral Home, 3465 Peach Orchard Rd., Hwy. 25, Augusta, GA., 30906, 706.798.8886. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, 11 am at The Alexander Hall, 29805 Chamberlain Ave., Ft. Gordon Post, Augusta, GA. 30905. Interment to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Those attending the celebration on Saturday should enter Fort Gordon through Gate 1, off Gordon Highway/ Jimmy Dyess Parkway. Due to the expected volume of traffic, please allow plenty of time to enter Fort Gordon and to pass through security. Those attending should have with them an official picture I.D., such as a driver's license. In addition, drivers should have with them, vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance. Please sign the online guestbook at www.poteetfuneralhomes.com Poteet Funeral Home, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Highway 25, Augusta, GA., 30906, 706.798.8886, entrusted with arrangements.

Published by The Augusta Chronicle from Jul. 6 to Jul. 19, 2013.
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The Augusta, GA wear blue: run to remember community regularly honors Hilda's bravery and sacrifice during our monthly group runs. We would love to honor her in a special way during our Piestewa Challenge later this month (March 2021) by interviewing her family or close friends to have them share her story. If someone could put me in touch with her family or close friends I would really appreciate it. My email is [email protected]

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Thank you for your service, SPC Hilda Clayton. RIP
Joe Matosian
Served In Military Together
March 2, 2021
Remembering you today, Hilda.
LTC Kyle Yates
July 2, 2020
SPC Clayton, it's been seven years, and I remember it like it was yesterday. So many have heard your story and see you as an inspiration and example to follow, myself included. To your family, I hope you have peace in your hearts today and are able to reflect on find memories. You are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers always.
Served In Military Together
July 2, 2020
RIP, Specialist Clayton. Your talent and dedication will never be forgotten.

-On behalf of the entire 4th Combat Camera Squadron, JB Charleston, S.C.
John H.
May 26, 2018
Still thinking of you . Love you -nene
Tynisha Simpson
October 21, 2017
Moving forward with bravery in the face of danger. Peace be with you Spc. Hilda Clayton and all your family. Michael Reilly 69th Signal Company (Pictorial) USAREUR Vet.
Michael Reilly
October 21, 2017
Remembering you still.
Jack Key
May 29, 2017
Dear Family of Hilda I Clayton, thank you for letting your daughter or wife Hilda fight for our country and I'm very sorry for ya'll loss and I'm glad Hilda was able to do what she loved and today I learned about what she did and I want ya'll to know she will never be forgotten
4th grade Godwin student
May 26, 2017
Thank you for your service. Your talent was obvious, and your sacrifice was huge. Condolences to your family and fellow soldiers for their loss.
Terrence Keith
May 14, 2017
I just read Hilda's story and I am so proud that someone like her represented out country so beautifully. She sounded like a wonderful, powerful woman. My heart breaks for her family and friends.
May 10, 2017
In my sixty-five years of life which included nineteen years of fighting fires and being a proud Viet-nam veteran looking at your work and the courage required to do what you have done.This young lady is truly worthy of imitation,OUR HERO....
May 9, 2017
Hilda! Thank you for your service. Condolences to your family. Your bravery inspires me. You take/took pictures in the face of danger. I usually take pictures in the face of scenery. You are my inspiration.
Nancy Walter
May 5, 2017
What a brave woman and talented photographer. Thank you for your service to our country. Your last photo reminds us all of the great sacrifice and dangers faced by our soldiers. Your life and your work live on in our hearts.
Virginia Burdette
May 5, 2017
May Allah find a place in heaven for you for the bravery you exhibited and the assistance you provided to a Muslim country like Afghanistan. We all return to our maker and we pray for Allah's mercy on your soul - and we pray that Allah provides Sabr (patience and preservrence) to your mother and father and brothers and sisters who's loss is irreplaceable - may Allah grant them peace
Farrukh Ali
May 4, 2017
Thank you for your service and for showing the world what a soldier looks like. You will inspire a generation of women to reach higher. RIP.

Praying for your family, friends and unit.
Kiywhanna Kellup
May 4, 2017
God bless! RIP!
Dan Mason
May 4, 2017
Thank you
Jesse C
May 3, 2017
I was touched by the story of bravery and selflessness of the great young lady and fellow Soldier. May she never be forgotten.
SFC (R) Adrian Milton
May 3, 2017
Honoring a fellow photographer; Hilda, that final picture ... I see the shot you wanted to take, the one you framed -- it would have been just right. Blessings and peace to your family, and thank you for your service.
David Colburn
May 3, 2017
Thank you for your service. Rest in peace, brave lady.
May 3, 2017
I hope that Hilda's bravery and sacrifice being remembered and honored gives you in her family some small comfort. God Bless you all.
Rob Kelley
May 3, 2017
As an honorable U.S. veteran & military brother of Hilda, I am so proud of Hilda and her courage. God bless the Clayton & Ortiz families.
Joel Garven
May 3, 2017
Clayton Family...
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time but please know that Hilda's life & commitment to duty and country will long be remembered as will her courage! May God bless and comfort you in His love.

The Central church of Christ Family
John Phillips
May 3, 2017
I just saw the final photo taken by Spc. Clayton in Time Magazine. I am in awe of her courage and ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of her work of photography. God bless you, Hilda, and your family.
Tony Huck
May 3, 2017
Your ultimate sacrifice is not in vain. I would have been honored to know you in person. You were a remarkable person and soldier. You are and will be missed!
Major Kevin Koch MS, MIARNG (ret)
May 3, 2017
-Touched not only buy your work but by your sacrifice. Your passing brings light of what risk it takes to document war and your photos tell a story for those that can no longer speak. Peace be with you.
Sabas Rousseau
May 3, 2017
The recent news stories about this beautiful young lady really touched me and my wife heart. RIP Spc. Clayton.
SSG(Ret) Eddie Jones
May 3, 2017
You are a great example, Hilda, of what bravery, true bravery, means. The contrast and the focus in your life were very clear, being so young. As a lifetime photographer, I now have a new role model: you.
May 3, 2017
Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
May 3, 2017
Hilda, I don't know you but you are a hero.Amazing work. Those images are burned into my head and I am fine with that.You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you and god bless.
Pedro Rodriguez
May 3, 2017
I don't have the words.....

Thank you.....
C Carl Bostek, LTC USAF (Ret.)
May 3, 2017
Dearest Hilda, As a fellow photographer I understand the passion behind you final shot. God bless you, thank you for your service and the light of your photography.You have been a beacon in the darkness of reality.
Cheryl Jenkins
May 3, 2017
RIP HIlda.
May 3, 2017
Thank you for your service sister, RIP Spc. Clayton! USAF Veteran who lived in Augusta, GA as a young lad. I'll see you on the other side.
John Luke
May 2, 2017
God bless you!
May 2, 2017
Thank You For Your Service
May 2, 2017
Thank you for your service. Godspeed Angel.
Ray Mayfield
May 2, 2017
May God bless your soul!
May 2, 2017
I did not know you but your images brought me here. Thank you for your service and courage.
Cj Johnson
May 2, 2017
May your family find comfort in the messages from those of us reading of your sacrifice. Thank you for your service to the USA. Rest in peace Spc. Clayton.
Susan Skruck
May 2, 2017
I never knew you, as I served well before you were born. Please know that we are so very proud of you. Thank you, Hilda, for your service on behalf of all the citizens of our great nation!
Ginny Underwood
May 2, 2017
I never knew you, but have seen your final image.
Respect from Australia.
Nara O'Neil
May 2, 2017
May 2, 2017
Thank you for your service. May God Bless your family.
Beth Garcia
May 2, 2017
Thank you for your bravery and your service to our country. RIP
Kara T
May 2, 2017
Seeing this in the national news today, I am moved to offer up prayers for Hilda's husband, mother, father, and extended family. I wish you all peace and comfort. Thank you, Hilda, for serving our country and for your sacrifice.
May 2, 2017
May 2, 2017
I never knew you, but I just read about you today in the news. I am proud of you, and wish your family and friends well. You will be remembered. Thank you for your sacrifice. Rest in peace.
Robert B.
May 2, 2017
R.I.P. fellow Veteran. You and your family are in our prayers.
Patrick Berry, TSgt USAF Retired
May 1, 2017
As Hilda's last images surface across my news and social media feeds, I'm taken back to the moment I was told she was gone. Not a day passes without her memory motivating me to be the leader every Soldier deserves.
May 1, 2017
My condolences to Hilda Clayton family, sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in Gods word.
June 8, 2015
I miss you soooo much Hilda. I always talk to about you , especially how we use to do that foot thingy ,when you held me and Tanasia up in the air lol good times! I love you ! Rest in paradise love!
Tynisha Simpson
November 11, 2014
I am sorry to read about the passing of Hilda. I will always be grateful to her for her service and sacrifice for our country. My deepest condolenses to her family.
August 28, 2013
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Hilda will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
S MacDaniel
August 10, 2013
SPC. Hilda Clayton
No matter what the cause of your passing , the simple reason you were there in Afghanistan is enough for us to say that you sacrificed your life for freedom of others by being there--an invaluable asset for you now that you are in heaven with your almighty God. Live good in heaven , Hilda, for an eternal life you will have there. God bless you.
Hossein Parsian
August 9, 2013
I miss you battle!! I know that you're watching over all of us. Night Stalkers for life!!
Tanganyika Upshaw
July 31, 2013
I miss you so much babygirl! You are my one and only best friend, sister, mother, friend(: but most of all my hero! I love you so much babydoll !! you are truely missed. Till' we meet again right?? I hope so<3 i love you baby!!<3:)
Tanasia Monae
July 22, 2013
Hilda I remember when I first met you my first thoughts were "Wow she is a pretty girl" then i got to know you and realize you were not just pretty but beautiful with a lovely spirit. Then you decided serve your country and became my hero. You will truly be missed God Bless You
Tonya Coleman-Smith
July 20, 2013
July 20, 2013
Hilda was a good friend to my daughter. She is missed and will continue to be. You should know that the soldiers deployed with her considered her to be the very best soldier, friend and person they knew.
Pamela Abbott
July 20, 2013
Dear Chase, You and Hilda were my children for a little while, my prayers are with you and both families . God will take care of you.
Lynette Rhodes
July 20, 2013
May God continue to strengthen and bless all of you. Thoughts and prayers of healing and peace are extended to the entire family.

Peace and blessings,
Audrey Mack and family
July 20, 2013
Ms. Suarez, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that the Lord will give you his peace.
Causandra Broussard
July 20, 2013
July 19, 2013
Rest in peace Hilda. We had great times at Wife Saver. You will be missed.
Jason Logan
July 19, 2013
We miss u HILDA CLAYTON....
Valerie Allen
July 19, 2013
My condolence goes out to my niece Jasmine Allen her mother and grandmother she didnt get to live out her life bt god got sumthing better in stor for her so this is a celebration for Hilda Clayton we all miss her especially me her family and husban god will c us threw this
Jessica Enix
July 19, 2013
Sookie ima miss u so much.. You have your wings so now there are no more worries. I LOVE U HILDA....
Valerie Allen
July 19, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bobby Saul
July 19, 2013
I am sorry for your loss and I pray she is resting in the arms of Jesus.
Charles Caruso
July 18, 2013
Ms. Suarez,
I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. I can say that heaven has gained another beautiful angel!
Traci Torres
July 18, 2013
My heart and prayers go out to each of you. Hilda will be missed greatly and forever remembered. She was an Angel on earth and she is now one in heaven. God bless you all. Much love to each of you.
Mary Davis Hudgeons
July 18, 2013
Ms. Suarez, We are so sorry for your loss, my daughter played softball with Hilda at Westside and want you to know we will keep you in our thoughts and pray for you and your family to find the strength you need to get through your time of sorrow, she was a special girl, just look to God to comfort you.
July 18, 2013
May God hold each of you in his loving arms.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Karl and Susan Keene
July 18, 2013
Jesse you and your family are in my prayers. God bless you all and keep you in the palms of his hands and give you strength .
Dr. Susy Roper
Susy Roper
July 18, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
God will be with you all and help mend the broken hearts. I don't know your family but Military people is our family. God please touch this family with your healing power.
Beverly Broadie
July 17, 2013
My sincere prayers go out to the Clayton, Ortiz, and Suarez family. Remember that Hilda is always your hearts. RIP Hilda.
Amber Stallings
July 16, 2013
Hilda was like my sister and I loved her dearly and she will be missed by the many people she touched.
July 16, 2013
I always admired her efforts and determination at practice. She will be sorely missed come next season. Even though her time with us was cut short, she'll always have a place on the team and within our hearts. We miss you Hilda.
Carolyn Few
July 15, 2013
Battle I know your in heaven looking down on all of us especially your family and husband... You did what you love and it sucks that your life was taken this way :( we love and miss you down here save me a spot we love you Hilda
Ashley Harris
July 15, 2013
I didn't know a lot about Hilda but my son John did and he asked me to let you know he is so sorry for your lost and he prays for all of you and is thinking about you.
deborah osborne
July 15, 2013
I love you Hilda & Will Miss You! ..... The memories I will forever cherish !!! Rest in paradise! Ortiz Family , I love you all!!
Tynisha Simpson
July 15, 2013
God Bless you for your selfless service and dedication to our great nation.

Hero's wear dog tags and combat boots. Thank you for a being a hero!
The Baum Family
July 15, 2013
Ms. Suarez,

I can't even say I understand what you may be experiencing right now. What I can say is my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Praying for your strength!
Nikia Johnson
July 14, 2013
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected]) is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
July 14, 2013
R.I.P gone but not forgotten like a sister to me miss you words can't describe how much I miss you. My condolences go out to the family I know she's in a better place now
Precious Freeman
July 14, 2013
I am gonna miss u very much i been knowing u for a while since 6 grade my heart is heavy RIP BABYGIRL !
Erache' Carter
July 14, 2013
Our sincerest condolences to SPC Clayton's family and friends
-- Mississippi National Guard Public Affairs
Christian Patterson
July 13, 2013
To Hilda's family, friends, and military unit, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. All American's are grateful to this brave Woman Warrior for her service to defend freedom and protect our way of life. May she rest in Peace and may you have comfort and healing for your loss.
M. Carpenter
July 12, 2013
May God bless every member of Hilda's family and every friend of Hilda's. My husband and I lost a son in the Army that was serving and we found some angels on earth that have helped us heal from our church friends, God has comforted us, and through a group called Tragedy Assistance program for Survivors (TAPS)for Survivors of our fallen heroes: if they might be of help to you please reach out they are a blessing: ABOUT TAPS

Caring for the families of the fallen...

TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.http://www.taps.org/about/ My husband's son and my stepson James trained with Hilda at Ft. Meade and is still deployed to Afghanistan and he and his wife who also knew Hilda as a friend are deepened saddened by her loss as are numerous people like my husband and I that have never met her. We are so sorry for your loss and Pray God will take great care of her in heaven and bring each of you peace, love, and hope! May you be comforted a little to know numerous people are praying and will continue to pray for each of you. God bless you, Mary Prentice
Mary Prentice
July 11, 2013
Hilda- May you rest in peace with your Poppy Bernie in heaven above. You were a sweet beautiful stepdaughter that me and my family were blessed to have known and for you to be a part of our family. We will embrace your beauty and all the memories.
Angela Davis Suarez
July 11, 2013
Evelyn, Chase, Josie, Jesse, Felicita, Jasmine, Antonio you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hilda was my beautiful sweet stepdaughter that I was blessed to have known since she was around 5. She grew into a beautiful young woman before all of our eyes. May the Lord give you all strength and comfort knowing she is next to her Poppy Bernie in heaven now. God Bless you all with love.
Angela Davis Suarez
July 11, 2013
Siento mucho la perdida de tu hija Hilda(tu angel)Mis mas sentido pesame. No son suficiente mis palabras para mitigar tu dolor. Mis resos van para ti y tu familia. Que dios la tenga en su reino y tu sabes que ella es un angel al lado del señor.
Que Dios los Bendiga

Oty Hernandez
July 11, 2013
Hilda was a tremendous member of our team, and everyone in the Regional Command East Inform and Influence section is greatly saddened by this loss. Hilda made an impact on everyone who came in contact with her, and her images have left legacy that will not be forgotten. May your family find solace in this difficult time and peace in the knowledge that Hilda has made a difference in this world.
July 10, 2013
Hilda baby you were always special to me. I knew many years ago you were the one for Chase and the perfect daughter for me. God rest my mother's soul she stated as much and my brother, Dre mr quiet even agreed. I love you so much; I miss you so much. You always thought of others first. I am so proud to be your mother in law and Iwas even more proud to have you as a daughter. Take your rest precious love we have it from here??
A Woodfork
July 10, 2013
Mrs. Suarez:
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you.
Marsha Brooks
July 10, 2013
Ms. Suarez,
I am so sorry to hear about Hilda! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Sharon Garn
July 9, 2013
I will keep all of you in my prayers...
Ilka Hall
July 9, 2013
You will be truly miss, God needed you more to protect heaven so we will miss you love you angel!!!!!!
Angela Howard
July 9, 2013
We love and miss u baby girl. Gods Angel.
yvonne Stewart
July 9, 2013
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