LOWELL—Reverend Horace A. Clayton, age 80, of Chelmsford, passed away on Friday April 16, 2021 at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Ann C. (Larsen) Clayton, with whom he would have shared 59 years of marriage this June.
Born in Lowell, MA on July 13, 1940, he was a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Kinney) Clayton. Horace graduated from Lowell Trade School with the class of 1957. Following his graduation Horace proudly served in the United States Army.
Following his education and military service, Horace went on to work for the United States Postal Service, where he retired in 1997. He then went on to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary to complete his religious studies and become an ordained Minister. He spent many years serving his faith and his community as a Primitive Methodist Minister in New Bedford, Methuen and retired in 2005 from Matthews Memorial Primitive Methodist Church.
In his free time, Horace enjoyed fishing and golfing. He also enjoyed traveling with friends and spending time with his beloved family.
Along with his loving wife, Horace is survived by his son, Thomas Clayton of Chelmsford; his two daughters, Catherine Tammany and her husband Christopher of Sandown, NH, and Karen Desjardins of Milford, NH; his five grandchildren, Eric Froton, Garrett Froton and his wife Meghan, Alaina Froton, Marc Clayton, and Autumn Desjardins; his siblings, Philip Clayton and his wife Cynthia of Rockland, ME, Joanna Clayton of Wilmington; his brother-in-law, Alfred Larsen and his wife Sandra of Litchfield, NH, as well as many other dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Horace was the brother of the late Thomas Clayton, Ethel Kennedy, and Mary Lou Clayton.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation on Thursday April 22, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM at the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford MA. His funeral service will be Friday, April 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM at the Chelmsford Bible Church (f.k.a. Matthews Memorial Church) 128 Gorham St, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Please meet at the Church. Burial will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Horace A. Clayton to the memorial fund at Lawrence Street Church, 1199 Lawrence St, Lowell, MA 01852. Online guestbook is available at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.