John Clayton Sr.
Published 7:12 pm Thursday, October 17, 2019
On Friday, October 11, 2019, God called his loving son, the legendary Coach John Clayton, Sr., from labor to reward.
As one of seven children, he was born January 24, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Earl, Sr. and Inez Clayton.
Coach was preceded in death by his parents, his son, John Clayton, Jr., and two brothers, Earl Clayton, Jr., and Sgt. Cedric Clayton, Sr.
John Sr. was baptized at an early age at Zion Hill Baptist Church and he was also a member of St. Mark Baptist Church.
He later united with Shilo Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Joseph where he was a faithful servant.
He served as a devoted president of the brotherhood.
Coach attended Abraham Lincoln High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1962.
After high school, he attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education on May 29, 1967.
Shortly after, he signed a contract with the Chicago Bears as a kicker and tight end before having a injury.
On December 30, 1967, John married his beloved college sweetheart and forever soulmate, Rose Burrle.
Born to this union was one son, the late John Clayton, Jr. who blessed him with three grandchildren.
He was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Coach’s family affectionately called him “Toe”.
He enjoyed caring for his wife, family and grandchildren.
He started his teaching career in 1968 with the Covington Independent School District, where he taught and coached at Pineview High School in Covington, La.
During his illustrious 40 year career in education, he was also employed with the Beaumont Independent School District, teaching and coaching at Forest Park, Hebert, Odom, Vincent, Westbrook, Clifton J. Ozen, and Smith. He coached football, basketball, track and baseball. He was one of the state’s most prolific shot put and discus coaches, sending numerous athletes to the state meet for over 30 years of his coaching career.
After 36 years coaching, he was named Varsity Head Football Coach at Clifton J. Ozen High School.
In between coaching, he worked five years as the Executive Director of Operations at the LL Melton YMCA, where he came in contact with many young men and women teaching them how to swim and basically teaching them about life. In 2008, he retired after four decades of dedicated service. Coach had many accolades and accomplishments during his tenure, including assistant coach for Hebert’s 1976 state championship team and West Brook’s 1982 state championship team.
One of his greatest accomplishments was on July 28, 2012, when he was inducted into the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) Hall of Fame.
He was also a member of the Prince Hall Lakeshore Lodge #256.
He leaves to carry his legacy: his beloved wife of 51 years, Rose Burrle Clayton; two grandsons, John Touchet of Abbeville, La and Deandre Clayton of Port Arthur, Tx; his granddaughter, Johnelle Clayton of Beaumont, Tx; his daughter, Shyulanda Randle-Filer (Allen) of Port Arthur, TX; his great granddaughter, Layla Touchet; three sisters, Fayola Lorder (James), Joann Semien, Shirley Mehn (Harvey); his brother, Arstell Clayton, Sr. (Johnnie Mae); two sisters-in-law, Willie Lois and Savannah Clayton; his brother-in-law, Robert Burrle, Jr. (Elnora); his Godson, Cedric Clayton, Jr. (Tammy); special family friend, Felicia Clavelle; devoted friends, Leo Nolan, Joe Foster, James Broussard, Marquis Saveat and a host of nieces, nephews, former coworkers, and friends.
A wake service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at Shilo Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 Bluebonnet Ave., Port Arthur, TX.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 549 W. Gulfway Dr, Port Arthur, TX, with Rev. Samuel Joseph, officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3900 Twin City Hwy., Groves TX.