Mrs. Doris Clayton

Mrs. Doris Clayton


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Doris May Clayton, age 88, who died on March 15, 2017 at AdamsPlace in Murfreesboro, TN. Doris was born on July 21, 1928 in Hicksville, NY to Edward Christopher and Florence Mabel Rave. 

Mrs. Clayton was the widow of retired Rev. James Clayton who served several Long Island churches in the 1950s and 1960s. Rev. Clayton, who had a long career as a professor of religion at Sewanee, University of the South in Sewanee, TN, retired in 1991 and died in November 2016.

Doris received a bachelor’s degree in 1949 from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She taught in elementary and middle schools on Long Island, NY and in Brookline, MA before moving with her husband and children to Sewanee in 1970. She continued as a teacher of middle-school English until her retirement in 1985. As late as December 2016, Doris spoke with great pride of her earliest teaching and school administration experience, helping to set up an elementary school in the new and expanding community of Levittown, NY. After retirement Doris kept busy in a variety of community roles and took particular joy in travelling to visit children and grandchildren. 

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James Winston Clayton. She is survived by her children Douglas Clayton of Acton, MA; Susan Lewis of Murfreesboro, TN and Deborah Lister of Malvern, U.K.; a niece, Mary Rifenburg of Fort Myers, FL; eight grandchildren Amanda Day; Collin Lewis; Charles, Emily and Anna Lister; Benjamin, Noah and Henry Clayton; and two great-grandchildren Oscar Lister and Marshall Day.

A memorial service and burial of ashes will take place at a later date.  For further information and an online guestbook, please go to