Edward Clayton West, 89, of Anadarko, was born January 28, 1924 to Loyd and Gertie (Corley) West in Morrilton, Arkansas. He passed from this life surrounded by his family Saturday, April 27, 2012, at his home.
Clayton moved from Arkansas to Purcell, Oklahoma when he was 3 years old and grew up in the Purcell area. He met Dorothy Lucille Wilkes when he and his family moved to the Friend community near Chickasha, Oklahoma in the early 1940’s. They were married November 11, 1945, at the Wilkes family home near Chickasha. After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Clayton and Dorothy continued living in the Chickasha area where their daughter, Carolyn, was born in 1934. Clayton and Dorothy owned several auto-related businesses in Grady County before moving to the Anadarko area in 1948. They owned Clayton’s Glass and Upholstery in Anadarko before retiring from the business in 1985. He and daughter, Carolyn, were baptized together at Bethel Baptist Church where he and Dorothy Served as Youth Directors. Clayton has been a member of the First Baptist Church for many years serving as Deacon since 1980 and as a door greeter for the last several years. He also served on the Baptist Disaster Relief teams across the nation including floods in North Dakota, an earthquake in Los Angeles, California and tornadoes in Oklahoma. Clayton also traveled on Mission Trips to Puerto Rico and Honduras.
Clayton and Dorothy enjoyed traveling across the United States in their RV, spending winter months with friends at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico as long as health permitted. Clayton especially enjoyed several trips exploring Alaska.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Audrey, W.A. and Ted West and sisters, Treva West Smith, Lorene West Smith, Lorene West McAlister and Helen West Jones.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dorothy of the home; daughter, Carolyn Oldroyd and her husband, Jim; grandsons, Chris and Matthew, all of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; sister, Ellen West Hacker and her husband Bob of Chickasha; sisters-in-law, Jean Miser of Chickasha and Ruby Wilkes Prather of Sulphur and Delores Wilkes Smith of Chickasha; numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2 P.M., Tuesday, at the First Baptist Church in Anadarko with Brother Dwight Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery, north of Chickasha, under the direction of the Steverson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Baptist Disaster Relief Fund or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.steversonfuneralhome.com.