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Nellie Anne Parrish Clayton


Nellie Anne Parrish Clayton, 88, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away Monday, August 31, 2020 at Pettigrew Rehabilitation Center in Durham after a brief period of declining health.

She was born February 3, 1932 in Granville County to the late Charlie Smerdon Parrish and Lettie Wheeler Parrish. Mrs. Clayton was a Substitute Teacher for Granville County School System for over twenty years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Tally Ho First Baptist Baptist Church by Rev. Steve Brown. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
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Burial will be in the church cemetery with visitation to follow. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
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Surviving are a daughter, Harriet Shelton (Ronnie) of Greensboro, two sons, Stanley S. Clayton of Roanoke Rapids, Aubrey S. Clayton (Debbie) of Willow Springs; eight grandchildren, Andy Shelton (Sarah), Sarah Risk (Mike), Rachel Shelton, Charles Clayton, John Clayton, Katherine Clayton, Hannah Clayton, Rebekah Clayton and two great-grandchildren, Adelaide Shelton and Lilly Shelton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Edward Lee “Bill” Clayton, infant son, Terry Lee Clayton, sister, Mildred Averette and daughter-in-law, Cindy Clayton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tally Ho First Baptist Church, 1692 Sanders Rd., Stem, NC 27581 or Enon Baptist Church Wednesday Night Fellowship and Meal Gathering, 2298 Enon Rd., Oxford, NC 27565.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Amedisys Home Services and Amedisys Hospice and caregiver, Diana Yancy for the loving and wonderful care they provided to our Mother.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will be following the social distancing rules and face masks must be worn when entering the Church.


  • Michelle Willis Posted August 31, 2020 10:26 pm

    Deepest sympathy to all of the family. Nell was such a character. She had a wicked sense of humor. I loved seeing her at Bojangles with her little dog. He was so protective of her and we could barely get a word in over his barking. May God’s love bring you comfort as we look forward to being reunited with our loved ones one day.

  • Kenneth Harp Posted August 31, 2020 10:56 pm

    I am really sorry to hear of Mrs Claytons passing. I grew up around her family and always admired her spunk. My prayers goes out to family.

  • Linda and Buddy Holeman Posted September 1, 2020 1:01 am

    So very sorry to here of Aunt Nell’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady. I know you will have many heartfelt memories to help you thru this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda and Buddy

  • Jill Clayton Moore Posted September 1, 2020 2:11 am

    Aunt Nell was such a strong woman and I really admired her. She had a strong love for her family. Prayers for all of you!

  • David and Pam Harrison Posted September 1, 2020 12:31 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. I enjoyed visiting with Nell and she loved her family. She loved talking about each and every one of you. She will be truly missed. May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone of you during this time.

  • Jerry Moore Posted September 1, 2020 4:28 pm

    A family friend for many years. She will be greatly missed

  • NAN PARRISH Posted September 1, 2020 10:55 pm

    Dear Nell – you were always one of my favorite cousins. We could laugh about anything. You were so much like your father. I loved being with him. Like him, you had great sense of humor. You were a strong example of caring for family. I would think to myself – that Nell is one strong woman!! Thanks for being a wonderful example for a younger cousin.

  • Faye Weaver Posted September 2, 2020 3:48 am

    Our deepest condolences to the Clayton family! We always enjoyed the time we spent with Nell, we shared stories mostly about our children and grandchildren! She will be missed by many!

  • Danny Lea Posted September 2, 2020 1:37 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Nell’s passing. We were neighbors for many, many years. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

  • Scott Poole Posted September 2, 2020 8:25 pm

    Aubrey, thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.

  • Roy and Patricia Smith Posted September 2, 2020 9:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about Nell’s passing. She did have a good sense of humor and was a strong person. Prayers for all of you during this time of grieving. You will always have your sweet memories to reflect on.

  • Chuck and Nancy Parrish Posted September 3, 2020 12:44 am

    Dear cousin Nell was such a blessing to my mom and dad in there later years filling the gap I could not fill from 400 miles away. Her strength and courage throughout her life were an example to me and the whole family. She could laugh and tell a story with the best. Love you honey and see you in a bit.

  • Glenda Stephenson Posted September 3, 2020 4:57 pm

    I remember Mrs. Clayton when I was in school. She was a,special person to me. She was always smiling and,she will forever be remembered❤

  • Lavern Allen Posted September 3, 2020 7:43 pm

    Omg my heart is saddened to hear about the passing of my dear friend Nell she was the best neighbor when I lived across from her on stem road. We always carried her a plate when we cooked she was crazy about my daughter breana and my ex husband tootsie. She made the best coconut pies and always gave me good recipes to try. She will truly be missed and to make matters worse she passed on my birthday omg I’m gonna miss her . God give her children and grandchildren strength to go on but keep them precious memories of her 😪😪😪😪😪

  • Frances Hamilton Posted September 3, 2020 10:56 pm

    So sorry I could not be at the service for Aunt Nell. My condolences to her family during this time of grieving. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She has closed out a generation of Claytons. Our love to Stanley, Harriett and Aubrey and their families.

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