Mr. Raymond Eugene Clayton was born March 31, 1934, in Machipongo, the son of Samuel Benjamin and Rose Budd Clayton. Raymond was a graduate of Northampton High School class of 1954 and completed a four-year apprenticeship in 1960 for a sheet metal worker.
In 1957 he married Theo Bell Smith in Franktown. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a specialist 4 in the Head Quarters Battery 285th Field Artillery (observation) Battalion. He was the communication chief of the wire team. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal. After he was discharged from the Army in 1957, he returned to the Eastern Shore. He worked for 10 years at Sheet Metal Works in Exmore. He worked at Byrd Foods Inc. for 40 years as plant manager. He made and fabricated various pieces of equipment for the packing line and canning house. Throughout his life he enjoyed antique car restoration and carpentry. He was always busy doing something and could make anything from nothing.
He is survived by two children, Bettie C. Moore and her husband, David, of Exmore, and Raymond “Ted” Clayton and his wife, Deborah, of Princess Anne, Md.; one brother, JoeBoy; two sisters, Shirley Marie and Barbara Jean; a grandson, Chris Moore; and one great-grandchild, Logan Pearson. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gates and Albert, and one sister, Carolyn Ann.
A graveside service with military honors was held Friday, April 1, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Belle Haven Cemetery, with the Rev. Mikang Kim officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastern Shore SPCA Inc., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.
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