James Dean Clanton Jr.

November 8, 1947October 3, 2013
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James Dean Clanton Jr., age 65, of Conover, NC, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at his residence. Born November 8, 1947 in Newnan, Georgia, he was the son of James Dean Clanton Sr. and the late Peggy Oglesby Clanton. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a chemist for Synthetics Finishing until his retirement. James served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and was an active member of the Hickory Elks Lodge #1654. He was a loving and supportive husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 23 years, Claudette Hollifield Clanton, of the home; father, James Dean Clanton Sr.; son, John Daniel Clanton and wife, Amy, of Hickory, NC; grandsons, John Aleric Clanton, Daniel James Clanton; sisters, Anna Reilly and husband, Mike, of Augusta, Georgia, Carol Morrison and husband, Jim, of Manchester, Georgia; nephew, Jason Rushing of Georgia.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Conover. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Elks Lodge #1654, 356 Main Avenue NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Funeral Sunday, October 6, 2013
  • Receiving Sunday, October 6, 2013

James Dean Clanton Jr.

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Kenneth James

December 19, 2013

To Family:
I worked with Jim from 7/1/91 until his retirement. I retired near the same time on 2/22/13. I enjoyed every moment I worked with Jim and was always amazed at his expertise at solving problems around the different plants. If a problem arose that no one else could solve, Jim was called. He did tell me when he heard I was retiring. If you are leaving, then I am too. I knew nothing of his death until yesterday when I went by Synthetics. I wish I had known at the time.

Ellis Berman

October 10, 2013

Claudette and family, I was sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a good friend and coworker for over 35 years. He will be missed by all.

Christa Griffin

October 10, 2013

Claudette, I am so sorry to her about Jim. I know he will be truly missed. You are and will be in my prayers. All my love and support!

October 8, 2013

Although I only knew James briefly, I could tell he had a beautiful soul.
Ron Tanicello

Vera Livengood

October 7, 2013

Claudette, I am so sorry for the passing of Jim. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family at this time. Jim was an Amazing Gentleman always Kind and Easy Going. I will always remember his Great Laugh.

Amy & Nate Bechtol

October 7, 2013

Praying for you all as you grieve. It is comforting to think about a reunion in the future, but so sad to deal with the emptiness of now. Hold on to one another and the legacy of love and family he gave you.

June Berry

October 7, 2013

Claudette I'm so sorry for your loss.

October 6, 2013

To Claudette, Mr. Clanton, Anna, Carol, and the other family members,

We are thinking of you and praying for you as you mourn the loss of Jim and celebrate the life you shared with him.


Dave and Kelly Dolin

Betsy Gevik Gevik

October 6, 2013

Claudette, I am thinking of you and am so sorry you are suffering this great loss. His was a life worth living and will be missed by all who knew him. God bless you and your family.

Nancy King

October 6, 2013

Claudette, my words cannot express how sorry I am for you and your family. My prayers go out to you, the family and friends that Jim's life touched. He was such an wonderful man in everyway. You were truly blessed to have such a great husband in every since of the word. He will be missed by all.