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Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ

OBITUARY

Lewis Thomas "Tom" Clayton

December 20, 1953August 12, 2019

Lewis Thomas “Tom” Clayton, 65, of Beachwood, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019. A lifelong resident of Beachwood, Tom met and married the love of his life, Beverly, and proudly raised two children. Tom worked tirelessly for the family business, Clayton Construction, until he and his dearly departed brother, Christopher, established Clayton Homes Company in 1990. In recent years, Tom lent his expertise to the BSA.

A stone mason by trade, Tom Clayton was a rock; his love and his life were as steadfast and true as the blocks his homes rest upon. Hard lines and right angles seemed to define him, but love, loyalty, and kindness were the true foundations on which his legacy was built. He delighted in simple pleasures: rambling drives with Bev, doting on his granddaughters, and feeding the goldfinches in the yard. Tom loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family and friends, and his support and devotion served as cornerstone and guide for those close to him.

Tom is survived by his parents, Lewis M. and Mary Clayton of Beachwood; his beloved wife of 45 years, Beverly; his daughter, Amber; his son, Lewis, and daughter-in-law, Melissa; two beautiful granddaughters, Annika and Brooke; his sister, Jane Hoyt; and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was a long standing member of Ground Swipers Rod & Gun Club in Forked River and the Beachwood Republican Club.

A visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. Monday, August 19 at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street in Toms River. The family will receive family and friends after the visitation to celebrate his life at the Beachwood Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Ground Swipers Rod & Gun Club. Condolences can be sent to www.andersonandcampbell.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2019

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Barbara Shortman

August 18, 2019

Prayers to all of the Clayton's at this time. My heart aches for all of you. Stay strong for each other during this difficult time. Ed and I send our love to you all.

Paula Anthony Ross

August 18, 2019

Dear Clayton Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.
Thoughts be with you, especially tomorrow at The Memorial Service.
God Bless You All...

Diane Robinson

August 17, 2019

Dear Bev and Family,

So sorry for you loss of Husband, Dad, and Grandfather.

Please try to remember all the good times you were so fortunate to share.

Diane Robinson

Marilyn Smith

August 16, 2019

Tom built my home. My children and I love it. No words for Beverly except I love you.

Keith Christopher

August 16, 2019

Tom was a great thoughtful no-nonsense guy. Watching him work with junior and novice trapshooters at Groundswipers Rod and Gun club , teaching them the basics, encouraging them and always callingout when you did well was his way. Seeing his nephew Chad do so well in the competitions must have been a treat for him. He certainly taught me a trick or two along with his brother Chris.
I hope they are together again somewhere arguing over whos trap gun was the better.
Keith Christopher

Karl Seegert

August 15, 2019

Sorry for your loss Bev
He was a great guy

Marian Laing

August 15, 2019

Dear Bev & family, I am so sorry to hear of Tom's death. Words fail at this time. Please know you are in my thoughts & prayers now & always.

Love, Marian Laing

Beachwood EMS

August 15, 2019

The Beachwood EMS sends our deepest condolences to the Clayton family

Jack Hildebrant

August 14, 2019

Jack Hildebrant and family send their deepest condolences. We will keep the Clayton family in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.