Jesse David Clanton Jr., 81, died 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, Blanche Clanton Andrew Clanton and wife Jennifer, Jess Clanton and wife Wendi, Pearl Clanton Lamb and husband Scott, Samuel Clanton, Caleb Clanton and wife Sophia; 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 Stoffregen; sister-in-law, Kay Williams; 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 of Limestone County Schools.
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.
Mr. Clanton spent his life in service to God, his family, his country and his fellow man. He as a member of First Baptist Church in Athens.
Visitation for Mr. Clanton was from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at noon today, Aug. 27, 2013, at Athens First Baptist Church. The body will be at the church from 11 a.m. until time for the service today. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Athens.
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