Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Joseph Donald Clayton

November 29, 1933July 5, 2019

Joseph Donald Clayton, age 85, of New Bern, North Carolina passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House.

Don was born in Baltimore, Maryland to William and Rena Clayton, members of the Shrine of the Little Flower parish.

Following his service in the Air Force, Don's business career spanned over 40 years with the F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill.

His affiliations with the Knights of Columbus, Power Squadron, Entertainment Chairman, and Board Member of yacht clubs in Connecticut and Maryland were reflections of his love for the water, all sports, and being with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William B. Clayton, Jr.

Surviving him are his wife, Donna L. Clayton, and brother, George Clayton (Brother Carl Clayton, FSC). He is also survived by his children, Barbara A. Cummings (Robert) of St. Augustine, FL, Joseph D. Clayton, Jr. (Marilyn) of Phoenix, AZ and Cannon Beach, OR; Anthony C. Clayton (Elizabeth) of Cumming, GA; and Susan M. Malavet-Coulson (Neil) of Dundee, Scotland; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Crystal Coast Hospice House 100 Big Rock Weigh Newport, NC 28570

American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123

Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601

Arrangements are held by Cotten Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cottenfuneralhome.com for the Clayton family.


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Arlene Philippi

July 9, 2019

So blessed to have met Don at the Sunshine Center in New Bern! He and Dale were good buddies! Don had a warm and wonderful personality full of laughter and fun! Don made me smile every time I saw him! He will surely be missed! Praying for his sweet wife Donna!
Love you b😍 th,
Arlene Philippi


July 8, 2019

Your were truly my buddy and I will miss you so very much. I always enjoyed seeing you dance and the smile that would come across your face of pure enjoyment. There will not be a day that passes that I will not think of a fond memory of and I cruising through New Bern NC dancing in the car. What gives me comfort is knowing that you are in a better place and I now have three guardian angels watching over me. I pray that you knew that I loved you dearly my dear friend.