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1938 Dorris Ann Nelson Clayton 2023

Doris Ann Clayton

November 12, 1938 — January 24, 2023


Doris Ann (Nelson) Clayton, passed away on January 24, 2023. Doris was raised in Rockwood, TN, and attended Rockwood High School before marrying Jerry Clayton in April 1955. Doris was a loving mother, grandmother, and Rockwood First Presbyterian Church member.   Doris played the piano and, loved reading, and watching movies, and was happily married to her husband Jerry for 68 years.   Doris and Jerry enjoyed a worldwide adventure beginning with Jerry’s US Airforce assignments in CO, Iowa, NM, Washington, and FL.   Jerry and Doris settled for 17 years in CA where they raised their four sons.   In 1980, Jerry joined Perini International Construction and accepted a role in the Negev desert of Israel.   After returning from Israel Jerry and Doris lived in Boston MA, Redlands, CA, and Birmingham AL prior to returning to Rockwood for retirement in 1996 where they lived at 320 Douglas Ave until 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents: Clarence & Nell Nelson; husband: Jerry H. Clayton; siblings: Clarence Howard Nelson, LD Nelson; child: Jerry Steven Clayton. She is survived by:

Children: Gregory Clayton of Star, Idaho wife Charlene Clayton
                Ken Clayton of Lexington, MA – wife Tomi Clayton
                 Matthew Scott Clayton of Ft. Wayne Indiana
Grandchildren:  Crystal Smith, Fallbrook CA - husband Dane Smith
        Brittany Hurst – Atascadero, CA - husband Cody Hurst
        Cayce Clayton – Los Angeles, CA
        Zach Clayton – Boulder, CO - wife Marissa Torres Clayton
        Kevin Clayton – Lexington, MA
        Cassidy Clayton – Lexington, MA
        Christie Larson – Belmont, MA (husband Tim Larson)
        Ashley Jones - Indianapolis, IN (husband Matthew Jones)
        Amanda Clayton – Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
        Alyssa Bailey – Indianapolis, IN (husband Patrick Bailey)
And 8 great-grandchildren.

Brother: Wayne Nelson of Rockwood, TN

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 10:00 am ET at their old homeplace, the intersection of N  Chamberlain Ave and Wheeler St in Rockwood, TN 37854. A meal will follow with the graveside service taking plat at 1:30 pm ET in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood. Evans Mortuary is serving the Clayton family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Thursday, October 12, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

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