Irwin Leroy Clayton

Irwin Leroy Clayton, 85, of Blanchard, was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, July 26, 2018, with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Alfalfa, Okla., to Elliott and Ida Elizabeth “Bessie” (Willis) Clayton.

Irwin married Wilda Hawkins on Sept. 2, 1955, at Gracemont Baptist Church. He was a 1951 graduate of Alfalfa High School. Irwin took great pride in his truck driving career, pulling his double and triple trailers across the country and all over the state of Oklahoma. He drove for Magic, Empire Express, T.O.X. and finished his career at Yellow Freight in Oklahoma City.

He loved working with his hands, restoring old tractors and building wood projects for his family. He also had rebuilt an old lawn mower just for all the grandkids to ride.

Irwin always had a servant’s heart. He put God first and served as a deacon for 60 years with two different churches, Carey Heights Baptist and First Baptist, Blanchard. He also served as the treasurer of Carey Heights for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Wilda Hawkins Clayton; his brother, Hanford Clayton; and his sister, Gwendola Clayton Cowl.

Irwin is survived by three children, daughter, Debi Airington and husband, David of El Reno, son, Robert Clayton of Blanchard, and daughter, Beth Outon and husband, John of Shawnee; his grandchildren, Mindy Schmidt and husband, Scott, J.C. Airington and wife, Desiree, Crystal Bonds, Kyle Clayton, Kevin Clayton, Heidi Jones and husband, Tim, Ryan Outon, Morgan Outon, Zackery Outon and Lora Marie McCory and husband, Robert; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jerry Hawkins and wife, Rosie of Leon; brother-in-law, Jack Daugherty of Muskogee; nieces, Alice Samples of Wichita, Kan., and Loretta Evans of Forest Grove, Ore.; and many other loved ones and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Valir Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Blanchard. Burial followed in the Blanchard Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International or to the Blanchard First Baptist Church.

Online obituary and guestbook are available at