Joyce Parrish Clayton

Joyce Parrish Clayton ROSWELL, Ga. — Joyce Parrish Clayton, 97, entered into eternal life on September 29, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Janie, in Roswell, Georgia. She was a native of Jesup, Georgia, but had lived most of her life in Waycross. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Earl Clayton Jr. and her parents, Kelly Lois Parrish and Jewel Surrency Parrish. She was previously employed as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in Waycross. She received her nursing degree as a member of the nurse Cadets Graduation Class of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, and completed additional training at Washington Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C. In 1963, she was honored with the Georgia Eighth District Outstanding Nurse Award. Mrs. Clayton was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. She was a member of The Mary Martha Sunday School class and Circle No. 2 of the United Methodist Women. In 1996, she received The Quiet Disciple Award from the Trinity UMW. She also enjoyed card games with many special friends. She moved from Waycross to Roswell, Georgia in November 2020 to be with family members. A special thank you to everyone who continued to stay in touch with their mother after her move. Your cards, phone calls, gifts and visits enriched her life beyond measure. Survivors include a son, Ernest “Buddy” Clayton and his wife Elizabeth, of Greer, South Carolina, two daughters, Carol Schlueter and her husband, Mike, of Acworth, Georgia, and Janie Murray and her husband, Mike, of Roswell; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a very dear friend, Rose Lee Calhoun. A private memorial service was held Friday, October 1, 2021, with the Rev. David White officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 1005 Church Street, Waycross, 31501 Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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