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Archie Perry Clayton III

Obituary for Archie Perry Clayton III

November 28, 1942 - May 4, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 75


Archie Clayton died suddenly May 4, 2018, at Seton Hospital. He was born, November 28, 1942, in Cisco, Texas, to Archie Perry Clayton, Jr, and Dorothy Nummy Clayton. He grew up in Big Spring, Midland, and Fort Worth, Texas. He played basketball on winning teams at Paschal High School where he was Senior Class Favorite. He earned a full scholarship and played basketball for TCU. He was a TCU Letterman. He earned a BA degree in Economics from TCU and a law degree from UT Law School.

After graduating from TCU, he worked as an FDIC bank examiner for 3 years, then attended law school and worked nights as a bartender for Louie's. After law school, he was an attorney at the Texas State Securities Board, General Counsel for the Texas Department of Banking, and in the Financial Counsel Section at the Texas Department of Insurance. He married Mary Lou Boone Clayton in 1977. In his younger years he was an active member of University Baptist Church and served as a Deacon, Adult Sunday School Co- Director, and Chairman of the Counting Committee. He was an active member of Downtown Lions Club and served as Chair of the Sportsmanship Committee. He was a loving and devoted father. He was the Time Keeper for the Austin HS Girls Basketball Team for four years when Mary Elizabeth played basketball. He drove her to nightly swim practice at the UT Swim Center and never missed a swim meet or a band performance at Austin HS. He took Neal to many high school football games every fall and they ate pizza together every Saturday. He was always involved in all of their activities.

Archie was very intelligent, wise, kind, generous, and fun. He had a delightful sense of humor and great integrity. He was a Christian gentleman. He enjoyed watching TCU and UT basketball, football, and baseball games, riding and watching trains, Texas BBQ, road trips, and most of all, being with his family and his dog Chief. Everyone who knew him admired, respected, and trusted him. He was 6'10" tall and often people would ask him how tall he was and did he play basketball. He enjoyed talking to them all. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his only sister, Dorothy Richey, his sister in law, Dorris Boone, and his in-laws, George and Johnnie Boone. He is survived by wife of 41 years, Mary Lou Clayton, and children Mary Elizabeth Clayton and Neal Sutherland; nephew, Travis Kenney, and children Patrick and Sarah; niece, Mary Kathryn Strong and husband Trey, and children Evelyn and Jack; cousins, Janet and Joe Johnson, Danny and Brenda May, John and Lisa May; aunt, Betty May, Janice and Joe Paul McCullough, and their families.

A memorial service, May 21, 11 am, at Covenant Presbyterian Church will follow a private burial. Visitation will be Sunday, May 20, 3-5 pm, Weed-Corley-Fish North. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson, American Heart Association, Covenant Presbyterian Church, or the charity of your choice.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson, American Heart Association, Covenant Presbyterian Church, or the charity of your choice.

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Austin, TX 78705
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