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Robert Joe Clayton

January 23, 1951 ~ September 13, 2021 (age 70)


Robert Joe’s Life Story

Robert Joe Clayton was born January 23, 1951 in Dallas, Texas to Lesley (Baby) Clayton and Nettie Mae (Pryor) Clayton. He attended Douglas Public School and went on to become a small town businessman known by practically everyone. He worked at several companies before becoming self-employed in numerous business ventures such as Night Club owner, Dairyman, Clayton and Sons Bail Bond and Wrecker Service and shade tree mechanic. 

He also had many gifts, he could play the bass guitar, saxophone, piano, member of a local band (with many of his dear friends), love to dance, sing and had a Black belt in Karate. One of his favorite past times was playing bingo, per daughter Charolette whom accompanied him to many bingo Halls said, “he could play 10 or more bingo cards, the computer bingo cards, eat, have conversations with others and make sure his kids didn’t miss any dabs at the same time.”

Robert Joe was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a servant in The Voices of Praise Choir. He talked about heaven on many occasions leading up to his death and rededicated his life to Christ while a resident and Rock Creek Health and Rehabilitation Facility.

Robert Joe leaves to cherish his memories children: Tyrone Clayton (Tammy) Sulphur Springs, Texas, Lisa Hawkins (Raymond), Catina Wilburn (Glenn), Charolette Washington (Kevin), Ulanda Stephens (Ardis), Van-Christopher Williams (Victoria), Justin Clayton (Quatina), Deon Clayton, Dallas, Texas,  Ne’Tonya Jones (Timothy), Tony Thompson and Eric Pope Houston, Texas.  Siblings: Lesley Clayton (Nell) Campbell, Texas, Sonia Clayton, Billy Clayton (Sandra), Joy Harrison (Miron), Sulphur Springs, Texas.

To cherish his memories, he left an army of beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones and he was a surrogate father figure and uncle to many in the Birch Creek Community.  Additionally, he left us with a lot of jokes and stories that can be passed down for many years to come.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lesley and Nettie Mae Clayton, brother Ray Clayton, son Rodney Dunlap and grandsons Kendall Dunlap and Caleb Anderson (whom shared the same birthday).

Robert Joe was known for many things (one having a lot of children). God used him in so many ways to uplift, inspire and motivate others. He was the best version of a man/father that he knew how to be. His strength and love will be remembered by all that had the pleasure to know him!


A come and go visitation for Robert Joe Clayton, age 70, of Sulphur Springs, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021, at West Oaks Funeral Home. A private family funeral service will be held. Interment will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Robert passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Rock Creek Health and Rehab. Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

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September 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
West Oaks Funeral Home
500 South Hillcrest Drive
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

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