John Marvin Clayton, III

Feb. 10, 1938 - Sept. 9, 2018

John Marvin Clayton, III was surrounded by his loving family when he went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2018. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at Hammons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Littlefield. Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial  Park.   Arrangements  by Hammons  Funeral  Home, Littlefield, Texas. John was born to John M. and Mildred Wilson  Clayton  in  his grandparents’  home  East  of Amherst on Feb. 10, 1938. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of nine at the Amherst Baptist Church. (The Baptistery was located in the floor under two doors.) John married his high school sweetheart Linda Kay Latimer in the Littlefield First Baptist Church on Nov. 5, 1958. Their song was “Pledging My Love”. Most of their married life was lived in “good old” Littlefield and fourteen blessed years on Buchanan lake where they and their family spent many joyful hours fishing and enjoying God’s nature. He attended Littlefield schools for twelve years where he played all  sports  and  fullback  for the  Mighty  Cats  coached  by  Gene Mayfield. He attended college at Hardin Simmons and Texas Tech University. He enjoyed watching his grandkids play ball, hunting, golfing, fishing, and cheering on the Red Raiders and Dallas Cow- boys. John is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda Latimer Clayton; daughter, Shawna Roper and husband, Thurman; son, Jim Clayton and wife, Sondra; daughter, Dana Gregory and husband, Bryan; grandchildren: Katie Roper, Sarah Roper, Mandy Gragg and husband, Chad, Kyle Clayton, Jessica Clayton, Seth Clayton, Brittany Villanueva  and  husband, Vinnie,  Josh  Gregory  and  fiancé, Samantha,  and Alyssa  Gregory;  great-grandchildren: Avery  and Abby Gragg, Vince and Gavin Villanueva, and Shaylynn Roper; a sister, Phyllis Cutshall and husband, Kip; nephew David Cutshall; nieces: Debbie Blake and Sheri Tyler. When the Parkview Baptist Church was built, they had a contest to name the church. John’s suggestion won and has had the name ever since. He grew up in this church with many cousins. His Dad, Big John led the singing at Parkview Baptist for 40 years. In 1951, Big John Clayton and Dub Berry started B&C Pump. John began working at the shop at the age of nine. When John grew up, he and his dad owned and ran B&C Pump. The business now belongs to John’s son Jim Clayton where he works alongside his sons Kyle and Seth Clayton. John retired in 1999 after a terrible accident. John was a member on the Early Risers Lion Club where held every office at one time or another. He coached his son, Jim, in youth  sports  for  ten  years.  If  the  umpire  made  a  wrong  call,  he would immediately change the call when he saw John walk onto the field and reach into his back pocket for his rule book. John knew the rules, and everyone knew it. John and friend Paul Yarbrough built a pitching machine from scratch at B&C Pump, painted it red and named it “Vita Red”. The team benefitted from the pitching machine. One opponent had a really fast pitcher that no team in the league could hit except John’s team who had no problem at all thanks to their hitting off Vita Red. Pall Bearers will be Kyle Clayton, Josh Clayton Gregory, Seth Clayton, Vinnie Villanueva, David Cutshall, Chad Gragg, and Tylo Kirkpatrick. The family suggests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Littlefield EMS.

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