June 21, 2007
Margie Cooper Clayton, 76, of Lakeland, FL, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
Her life will be celebrated by her family and friends at Edgewood Baptist Church on Saturday, June 23 at 11 AM following a private burial at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, Florida.
A native of Grady County, GA, she was a resident of Lakeland since 1960. Mrs. Clayton was a loving mother, grandmother, and supportive wife. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David T. Clayton, Jr.; her parents, Mahlon and Mila Cooper; her brothers: Eldridge Cooper, Felton Cooper, Merle Cooper; her sister: Thelma C. Bishop.
She is survived by her son: David Clayton, III and his wife Fran, Albany, GA; her daughter: Marilyn C. Girard, Lakeland, FL; her grandchildren: Chris Girard and his wife Erin, Austin, TX, Hillary G. Sturkie and her husband Johnny, Orlando, FL, Erin C. Ruchalski and her husband Chris, Savannah, GA, Will Clayton and Haley Clayton, both of Albany, GA; her great grandchildren: Delaney Girard, Clayton Ruchalski; her brother: Charles Cooper, Cairo, GA; her sisters: Alma Reynolds, Irma Reynolds, Clara Nell Howell, all of Cairo, GA, Kathryn Conley, Arcadia, CA; a very special friend for over fifty years, Frances Belvin, Orlando, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations can be made to: Good Sheppard Hospice, Lakeland, FL, Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation, Lakeland, FL, or Edgewood Baptist Church, Lakeland, FL.
Heath Funeral Home, Lakeland, FL is in charge of arrangements.