Class of 1937
Boyd Bradsher Clayton
Surrounded by members of her loving family, life long Parisian Norma Boyd Bradsher Clayton, known as Nonee to her grandchildren, great grandchildren and their friends, left her worldly cares behind and joined her friends and family who had gone on before to prepare a place for her on February 5, 2016. She was born in Paris, TN on June 25, 1919 to the late Mary Tedro Bradsher and the late Boyd Euclid Bradsher.
She loved and protected her family throughout good times and bad, rejoicing in their accomplishments and tending to their every want and need. Miss Norma especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, antiques, auction sales, bridge parties, big band music, reading novels, and sports, especially UT football and Lady Vol basketball, along with her many other interests. She lived most of her adult life in the house she had always dreamed of and loved to surround it with roses, azaleas and dogwood trees. She always wanted to look her best and loved coordinating her outfits with necklaces and her signature clip-on earrings.
She loved decorating her home and was a wonderful cook who always did her best to make sure her family and friends were happy and well fed. Wherever she went she made friends easily with her sharp wit and love of laughter and was truly loved by countless friends, neighbors and acquaintances. All who met her, even briefly, were enamored by her old Southern charm, grace, and courteous demeanor. Her passing leaves a void that cannot be filled as she witnessed so much history and innovation throughout her lifetime.
Norma graduated from E.W. Grove where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was selected Most Popular Girl and Best All Around Student as a Senior in 1937. She then attended Stevens College in Missouri for two years before she returned to Paris and married the love of her life, “Big Ken” Clayton on Armistice Day November 11, 1939. While he served in the Pacific in the Naval Postal Service during WWII, she worked at Camp Tyson with many of her friends and schoolmates. She later worked for W.O. Inman and the Paris Board of Education and as secretary at both Lee and Atkins-Porter Elementary Schools.
She was preceded in death by her husband and loving companion of 52 years Kenneth Wayne Clayton, Sr., her parents, Mary Tedro Bradsher and Boyd Euclid Bradsher, her -maternal aunt Novella Crutchfield Lasater and cousin Alan Lasater, and her beloved oldest grandson Johnny Adam Clayton.
Norma is survived by sons Kenneth Wayne Clayton (Cat) of Knoxville, TN, William Boyd Clayton (Belinda, deceased), of Paris, grandsons Justin Brad Clayton of Nashville and his children Anna James Pettit, Adam Bradsher Clayton, and William Timothy Clayton, Jared Lynn Clayton of Nashville and his daughter Emma Jane Clayton, granddaughters Lauren Clayton Love (Adam) of Starkville, MS and her daughter Elaina Clark Love, and Jamie Clayton White (Michael) of Hermitage, TN and her sons John Jaxson White and Hudson Clay White.
Her family would like to thank all her friends and neighbors who loved her and whom she loved in return for the love, support and friendship they shared with her, as well as the staff at Morningside of Paris, where she had resided since 2012, for the love and compassion they shared with her. Her family would also like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at HCMC who tended to her every need with tenderness and caring during her final days.
A celebration of her life is planned on June 25, 2016, the 97th anniversary of her birthday (time and place to be announced later in The P-I) so all her family and friends can gather to honor and remember this remarkable woman and her life.
Reprinted from THE PARIS POST-INTELLIGENCER
February 9, 2016 Edition ~ Used by Permission
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