Ernest Royal "Doodle" Claytor, Jr.

April 2, 1948October 11, 2020

Ernest Royal “Doodle” Claytor, Jr., 72, of Waynesboro passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Augusta Health.

Born April 2, 1948 in Virginia, he was the son of the late Ernest Royal “Brother” “Ernie” Claytor, Sr. and Savilla Elizabeth “Noots” Wright Claytor.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by AMP in Verona where he worked as a supervisor and also worked for Al’s Cab. Doodle could be found almost daily at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 680 Lodge where he was a member. He was also a member of the Waynesboro Moose Lodge #1309. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family and friends, and watching NASCAR with Earnhardt the cat. He will be remembered by his giving ways and as a loving brother, nephew, cousin and friend to many.

Doodle is survived by his sister, Kimberly K. Claytor of Waynesboro; two aunts, Sissy and Lody; a number of cousins and friends; one daughter; and one granddaughter.

Following cremation, the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro. Due to COVID-19, all those who plan to attend will be required to wear a facemask and respect social distancing.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in Doodle’s memory to the Augusta Regional SPCA, P.O. Box 2014, Staunton, VA 24402 or the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services, 1001 Mt. Torrey Road, Lyndhurst, VA 22952.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Waynesboro.

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Karen Hanger

October 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Doodle was one of a kind. Never met a stranger and he was always fun to be around. He made over my kids Greg and Kristin when they were little. He’s gonna be missed my many.

Carol Mayo Murph

October 15, 2020

Doodle was my step-dad at one time. Even though him and my mom divorced, I still have some fond memories of him. I will never forget him teaching me to drive his beloved truck "Country Green." Doodle, go rest high on that mountain!

Treva Shifflett

October 15, 2020

Charlie and I haven't seen Doodle in quite some time, but we have fond memories of times spent with him. He and Charlie spent many Sunday afternoons in our TV room watching the races and shooting the breeze and laughing. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. RIP Doodle. You will be missed.

Judy Bush

October 14, 2020

Even though we were divorced, there are still good memories. He loved wearing his cowboy hat, boots and western wear. Most particular fun times were the car shows, camping, watching Nascar, and spending time with friends and Kim.
"The checkered flag waived for you and the race here on earth is done. And when you get to heaven how sweet these words will sound....welcome son".

Ed & Debbie Fitzgerald

October 14, 2020

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ann Riddle

October 13, 2020

Doodle, you were such a very special guy. Always easy to talk to. I sure will miss you saying I got your seat warm. RIP wonderful loving Doodle.

Vickie Stover

October 13, 2020

Kim you are in my thoughts and prayers. Doodle was a wonderful man and friend. He will be missed by many. I will always remember my last talk with him 2 weeks ago and hold that close til we meet again.

lee Coffey

October 13, 2020

Kim, I am sorry for your loss. I grew up with Doodle. we knew each other from the time we learned to walk, I have alot of great memories of Doodle. we used to go to car shows together. i will truly miss Doodle. he had a way of making any body laugh.

Kimberly Kestner

October 13, 2020

He used to call me and my husband Archie and Edith from the show all in the family

Betty Wagner

October 13, 2020

Kim my prayers are with you all Rest In Peace my friend


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