Roy Clayton Howison

February 16, 1930January 5, 2021

An avid bowler and retired CPA, Roy Clayton Howison, 90, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 after a short illness. He loved hanging out with family on holidays and with them for weekends at the family’s Bowlegs, Okla. farm. Clayton’s life began on February 16, 1930 to Arvie (Upton) and Lee Roy Howison in Oklahoma City where he grew up in the Capitol Hill area. Clayton served in the US Navy during the Korean War era and was enlisted from 1948-1952. He married Zelma Faye Benjamin in California on October 24, 1957. He became a CPA in 1982, and worked for the Oklahoma Tax Commission for 18 years as an accountant. Additionally, he was a driver for AMCO Airport Shuttle for 10 years. Portland Avenue Baptist Church was his home church and he served as the treasurer for 14 years. He loved to bowl and spend time with a huge group of bowling friends. Clayton bowled in different leagues as many as five nights a week at Boulevard Lanes, Heritage Lanes and Windsor Lanes. He also enjoyed walking every weekday at Shepherd Mall. Clayton is survived by his daughter, Sonia Grasvik of Seattle, Wash., and brothers in law, Virgil Hullett and Donald Hullett, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zelma Faye Howison, daughters, Jean McKinney and Wanda Jordan; parents, Arvie and Lee Roy Howison; and sisters, Joy Jordan, Floy Probst and Evoy Howison. The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital for caring for and loving on Clayton his last few weeks. Dr. Tyson Quy was especially compassionate with Mr. Howison. Additionally, Clayton had wonderful neighbors, most especially Judy Summers, who checked on him for many years. Special appreciation to Christopher and Heidi Plank, his technology gurus for years.

Viewing will be Sunday, January 10 from 2-4 pm at Bill Merritt Funeral Home, 6201 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73132. A graveside service will be at 12 noon on Monday, January 11 at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, 405-721-3182. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

Clayton’s family said he was the nicest, kindest, most giving individual. He loved to talk and never met a stranger.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021


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Gloria Allison

January 8, 2021

Clay was such a delightful man to know. We enjoyed his humor and his sweet demeanor. My husband and I met Clay through bowling and enjoyed his company. I can honestly say that all of the bowling leagues across many bowling alleys will miss him. Prayers and wishes of comfort sent to family.