Clayton was born in Galax, Virginia on August 31, 1959 to Virgil Clayton and Rachel Eastridge Sawyers.
He is survived by his wife Charlene Sawyers of Galax, Virginia; children Brianna Faith Sawyers; Joseph Levi Sawyers and Jerry Wayne Sawyers all of Galax, Virginia; sisters Rosa Lee Royal of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Nancy Louise Phillips of Galax, Virginia; brothers Nelson Eugene Sawyers of Galax, Virginia; Jerome Sawyers of Woodlawn, Virginia; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Mt. Olivet Union Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Gene Shepherd officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 until 1:30 pm at the funeral home.