The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

August 24, 2013

Jesse Clanton

The News Courier

— Jesse David Clanton Jr., 81, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Limestone Health Facility in Athens.  Mr. Clanton was born in Limestone County on Dec. 19, 1931, to Jesse D. Clanton and Blanche Bullington Clanton.

Mr. Clanton is survived by his wife, Gail Cottrell Clanton; children, Ashlie Clanton Clay and husband Greg, Andrew Clanton and wife Jennifer, Jess Clanton and wife Wendi, Mary Pearl Clanton Lamb and husband Scott, Samuel Clanton, Caleb Clanton and wife Sophia and Blanche Clanton; grandchildren, David Clay, Paul Clay, John Clay, Elizabeth Clay and Anna Clay, Jacksyn Clanton, Noah Clanton, Jonah Clanton, Emma Kate Clanton, Elijah Clanton, Josiah Lamb, Nathanael Lamb, Isaac Lamb, Benjamin Lamb and Savannah Lamb; brother-in-law, Elvin Stottregen; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and colleagues.

Mr. Clanton graduated from Athens High School as valedictorian.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Florence State College and his master’s degree from Peabody College  in Nashville.

Throughout his tenure as an educator in the Athens City and Limestone County School Systems, he served as a classroom teacher, coach, first principal at West Athens Elementary School and lastly assistant superintendent.

Upon retirement from public education, Mr. Clanton served as an education specialist with New Systems Training Office, USAOMMCS, on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

Before he was an educator Mr. Clanton served in the U. S. Army for two years in the military police corps. He was first lieutenant and company commander of the 101st Military Police Company.

Visitation for Mr. Clanton is from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at noon Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Athens First Baptist Church. The burial will be in the Roselawn Cemetery in Athens.

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