Sheila Clayton

May 5, 1960June 26, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Sheila Jones Clayton of Columbia, SC. She died peacefully on June 26, 2020 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 60 years old. Sheila was born May 5, 1960 in Lumberton, NC. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lois Abbott of Columbia and the late James Jones of Fairmont, NC.

She graduated from Brookland Cayce High School in 1978 and attended the University of South Carolina where she met her husband, John “Randy” Clayton. They were married almost 39 years and had three children, Lauren Clayton Carney of Lexington, SC (Kendall), John “Connor” Clayton of Fort Campbell Kentucky, and Madeline Lee Clayton of Charleston, SC. Being a mom was her proudest accomplishment, and she truly devoted her life to her kids. She also had three grandchildren who called her MiMi and were the light of her life, Garrett, Sara Carrigan Carney and a foster granddaughter.

Sheila was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2020 and fought till the very end when she succumbed to complications due to the cancer.

She loved the South Carolina Gamecocks, win or lose, and attending their sporting events over the years.

Our family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this time. We want to thank the MICU team at Prisma Richland for all they did and for making her comfortable during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, 2901 Colonial Dr., Columbia, SC 29203. The family will receive friends and family at a later date, due to COVID-19.


  • The Ronald McDonald House of Columbia


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Mark Knight

July 3, 2020

Randy and family, Debbie and I were saddened to hear about Sheila’s passing. We have great memories of the years that we were neighbors in Lancaster. We send our love and prayers, with hope that you all find comfort in the memories of Sheila in the days ahead.

Rosalind Hearon

July 1, 2020

My thoughts of Sheila are truly happy, because she made it that way. She was always busy doing for others. She was dedicated to the Clayton clan, Every event she planned to bring the family and friends together was always a joyious occasion that lived long afterward in the memories of my family. We recalled in conversation what a success the get-to-together had turned out and how fortunate we were able to be there. As I write this, I can see Shela's beautiful smile of welcome and so very glad to see us. Sheila has given me many wonderful memories that I cherish and which warm my heart.
I am so very grateful to have had Sheila as a part of my life.

Wayne Freeman

June 29, 2020

I have no idea what to say, so I offer the only thing that comes to my mind in times like these...Numbers 6 : 24, 25, and 26. I mean it sincerely and wish nothing but the best for you and your family. I also pray that what remains is the constant, gentle memory of Mrs. Sheila. You all have made it very clear how much you love her with your steadfast support. Please don't hesitate to call upon any of us during this time.

Elizabeth LeBlanc

June 29, 2020

Sheila, you are one of the most loving and generous persons to ever have been put on this earth . I am honored to have been your friend, you have such a special place in my heart. I will always be grateful for your love and everything that you shared with me. My love and prayers are with Randy, Lauren, Connor and Madaline. Rest easy my sweet friend.

Michael Kalar

June 29, 2020

One of the finest family's we've had the pleasure of calling friends. I have so many great memories of our kids together, numerous cookouts at your home, and our infamous trip to Tennessee to see the Gamecocks play. Ms. Sheila and all of you have left an indelible mark on my families life that we all shall cherish forever. Thank you for opening up your hearts and home to my family over the years for these were some of the best times.
Colonel, please take care of yourself for you have a great family who will be looking to you for strength and guidance. I love you buddy and keep in touch. Madeline, Conner, and Lauren, your mom loved you more than you'll ever know and was so proud of each and every one of you. Please take care of Big R and stay-in-touch. Love Michael and Joy Kalar

Jeff Jones

June 28, 2020

One of the kindest, friendliest, and classiest ladies you could meet. Randy, Lauren, and family, know that your National Guard family is praying for you. We loved Sheila and we love you all.