Roy Vernice Claytor
March 26, 1924 – July 13, 2015
Pete Claytor, 91, met his heavenly father face to face on July 13, 2015 at 8:08 a.m. Only heaven knows the number of lives God used Pete to touch.
Memorial Service: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Wedgewood Baptist Church, 5522 Whitman Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76133.
Pete was born in Birmingham, AL., March 26, 1924. While growing up in North Little Rock, AR., he attended North Little Rock High School and after graduating in 1942, he attended Kemper Military School and Junior College. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army. While serving his country, Pete graduated in 1945 from Officers' School in Ft. Benning, GA and was also able to spend thirteen months in Alaska.
In 1950, Pete married Billye Jo "Jody" Puryear in El Dorado, AR. Pete worked in sales for U.S. Steel Corp. for over 26 years and also worked for Life Outreach International Ministries for 30 years.
Survivors: Wife, Jody; daughters, Lyn Craig (Richey Craig) of Fort Worth, Louanne Hibbets (Ken Hibbets) of Maypearl, TX, Laure Henthorn (Les Henthorn) of Maypearl, TX; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
On Friday at 3:34 a.m., I heard Dad saying something to Mom. She motioned for me to come in the room where Dad's Hospice bed was. I wish I had recorded it. He said: "wasn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? I just saw the tip of it , the edge of it. I don't think I could stand it being more beautiful without my heart just bursting!" For the next 2 hours he talked about The Lord, his family, how blessed he was. Then he said: Next Saturday is the big closing, the finale! It's going to be great!" And here we are on Saturday celebrating the precious, godly life of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend....what a finale to his earthly life as he met his Savior face to face!"
"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9
- Graveside Service Thursday, July 16, 2015
Roy Vernice Claytor
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October 5, 2015
Dear Jody, Rob and I ( Rob and Nancy Kapsar)remember you both so well from Shiloh church years ago, Pete use to be our Sunday School teacher. I was so sorry to hear of his passing as I just found out yesterday. Prayers for you and your family will certainly go uo the Lord, God bless you.
July 18, 2015
Mom and I just prayed for y'all, wishing we could be with you this hour. What a heritage you have in your sweet parents! Love you. Our redemption is nearer than when we first believed.
July 18, 2015
I recall visiting your home in Lubbock when Laure and I were students at Evans Junior High. Pete was such a great and godly man. You and your family are in my prayers.
July 17, 2015
Cindy and I first met Pete and Jody through our marriage-long friendship with Richey and their daughter Lyn. We instantly loved this very loving and Godly couple. Jody reminded me of my also petite & beautiful wife and Pete was like a father, best friend and especially hero.After my own Dad went to Heaven, I was filled with so much pride and joy when Pete called me "Son." For the times they were members of Glenview, I watched scores of men adopt Pete as their hero and for many, the father they never had. There was no conversation too sacred for Pete to share, no topic so Jesus-centered that Pete would fail to discuss to any who would listen - and listen we did! And such fun! The laughter still rings in our meeting rooms for Men's Ministries and bus trips from all of us laughing with this wonderful gift to so many of us. And even when Jody had to get on to "Daddy" and us for stepping over a line or two, we all knew the tenderness between them. We will miss Pete so and yet are filled with grateful hearts for the hours, days and years we were blessed by this giant of a man - a Real, Godly Man.
Pastor Dennis and Cindy Baw, Glenview Church, Fort Worth
Bob & Carol Hataway
July 16, 2015
Jody, as you know I worked with Pete at JREA. His stories kept us in stitches laughing. He was always an uplifting enciuragement. Truly an amazing Godly man. Our prayers are with you and the family.
July 15, 2015
I met Pete about 35 years ago. He was always there at just the right time for me. Pete always called me at the very moment I needed an encouraging word or just a caring Christain friend to listen. Pete exemplified what being a Christian is all about. I will always cherish our lunches, the conferences, the Promise. He always lifted me up and encouraged me. You and yours are in my prayers. God bless you all. Jim Tucker
July 15, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. I am know he is with our Savior and was welcomed with open arms.