Highland: Obituaries

Gerald E. “Jerry” Clayton Jr., 63

Gerald E. “Jerry” Clayton Jr., 63, of Pocahontas died on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Trover officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

He was born on April 25, 1951 in Highland to Gerald Sr. and Martha (Burkhalter) Clayton Sr.

Mr. Clayton was an Army veteran and worked as a police officer for the Village of Pocahontas.

He worked as a prison guard for the Bureau of Prisons for 25 years. He was also a Western history buff and a collector of law enforcement memorabilia, which will be on display at Bob’s Civil War Fort Museum in Germantown. His favorite times of the year were Halloween, decorating a parade display, and Christmas, playing Santa Claus for many people.

He is survived by brothers and sisters, Eldon Clayton, Thomas Clayton, Eugene (April) Clayton, Nancy Clayton-Traub, Carol (Nick) Gregory, Kimberly May, and Frederick (Molly) Clayton of Pocahontas; nieces and nephews, Shauna, Kyle, Sheryl, Jason, Jeff, Tomi, Steven, Amy, Austin, Tiffany, Lucas, Nash; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a niece, Katie Clayton.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or Down syndrome.