On Sunday, February 17, 2013, Clayton Winters won his long fought battle against cancer, when a loving Savior laid his hand on him and said, Come with Me, and his spirit was escorted to the land of eternal day.
Clayton served as a minister of the Church of Christ for over sixty years. During that time he was active in various aspects of the work of Churches of Christ. He held gospel meetings in twelve different states while doing local work with several different congregations in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. His main work, however, was with the Erwin Church of Christ, where he spent nearly half a century in preaching and teaching the word. He also was actively involved in radio evangelism during most of the years of his ministry and was a regular speaker on the TV program, Biblical Viewpoints, from its inception until he became physically disabled-about thirty years. This program was not only aired locally, but was also viewed from several local TV stations, the Gospel Broadcasting Network, and on the World-Wide Internet.
Clayton was also a speaker on numerous lectureships. Many of his lectures were published in book form and made available to the brotherhood. Also, in conjunction with the Tennessee Volunteers for life, he traveled in several states and lectured against the evils of abortion.
As a writer, Clayton produced numerous published works. He authored commentaries on the Old Testament from Kings through Esther, books that continue to be used in Schools of Preaching conducted by Churches of Christ. He also produced about twenty Bible Study guides and workbooks and numerous gospel tracts. Many of his articles and sermons are also preserved in brotherhood books and periodicals.
He was also very active in community service. He served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Erwin Emergency and Rescue Squad, three years on the Board of Directors of the Unicoi County Chapter of the American Red Cross and about three years on the Citizens Advisory Board of Directors of the Human Services Department.
Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, Edd and Bessie Winters: three brothers, Sam, James and Howard; and four sisters: Mae Stanley, Mary Riddle, Ann Morefield and Willie Mac Stanley.
He is survived by Vivian, his wife of sixty two years-the jewel and centerpiece of his life
Three Children: Evelyn and husband David, Sandra and David and wife Janice: all dearly loved and of whom he was extremely proud, numerous grand-children, great-grand-children and a great-great-grandchild
Also a much loved Poodle named Lucky-Buck
A funeral service for Mr. Clayton Winters will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Erwin Church of Christ. Ministers Tim Hall and Terry Gunnells will officiate. Congregational singing will be under the direction of Jeff Johnson. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 3:00 P.M. until service time. The committal service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 22, 2013, at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who plan to attend will meet at Valley Funeral Home at 10:30 A.M. on Friday to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of Erwin Church of Christ. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be W.A. Kegley, Jr. and Hugh Honeycutt.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Clayton Winters through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.