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Bobby Lee Clayton, Jr.

Posted By Families Firstcare On October 2, 2019 @ 5:45 pm In Obituaries | 9 Comments

In Memorial

On Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, Bobby Lee Clayton, Jr. passed away after a short illness at the age of 57. Bobby was born on January 12th, 1962 in Savannah, Georgia to Bobby Lee Sr. and Ruth Barber Clayton.

Bobby was a son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to so many.

Bobby had great talent and skill as an expert tree-trimmer. He had expert climbing abilities and great skill using a chainsaw. Bobby had exceptional skills with drawing and writing and had been trained by his father in appliance repair. As a young teen, Bobby worked alongside his Father as an assistant in appliance repair for his Father’s side business, Professional Home Service, which serviced many homes in the Savannah area in the 70’s and 80’s. Through the years, Bobby worked for Asplundh & Expert Tree Service of Savannah. In 1989, when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston,S.C., Bobby offered his skills & abilities in the clean-up efforts of many homes, families & businesses throughout the Charleston area that were struck so hard.

In his earlier years, Bobby enjoyed boating and fishing off the waters of Tybee, Skidaway, and the Ogeechee River. He also enjoyed go-cart riding and dirt bikes. Bobby had a passion for Rock Music, especially to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush, Pink Floyd, Styx, Queen, Boston, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen & many more….with his absolute always favorite song being “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. On the night before his death, and after many days of slipping in and out unconsciousness, we played “Free Bird” for him and sang the lyrics to him. He responded, showing us that he, in fact, was loving it. Bobby always had a great sense of humor, playing practical jokes, and could do exact impressions of certain celebrities. Even in dying, he found a way to make us laugh when we walked in the room at the hospital to see him that first time.

Bobby was preceded in death by his Father, Bobby Sr., his Mother, Ruth, and his Sister, Candice “Candy” Clayton McCarthy. He is survived by his older Sister, Cathy Clayton Mayers, younger Sister, Cynthia “Cindy” Clayton Prescott, nieces and nephews, Amy, Jeremy, DeeAnne, Kristin, Melany, Hal, Emily, Katie and great nieces and nephews, Jaiden, Wyatt, Lexy, Jeremy Jr., Aunt Scarlett, Uncle Jimmy, many cousins and all who loved him.

On Oct 2nd, the day after his passing, I received a heart-wrenching phone call from Memorial Hospital from a sweet lady in their benefits department. Miss Jenkins was her name. Miss Jenkins informed me that Bobby had been to see her a couple of weeks ago and spoke with her for a very long time about God and about how much he loved his family. She told me many wonderful things that he said about his love for us. Most importantly, she told me that he had asked her that after his passing could she please call and let us know how much he loved us and that he had made his peace with God and that he was completely prepared and ready for death. Our sweet Bobby will be missed forever.

A private family Memorial Honoring Bobby will be held on the Ogeechee River at a later date.

Remembrances can be sent to The American Cancer Society.

In Bobby’s own writings from many years ago:

I dreamed Christ came the other night and Heaven’s gates swung wide
with kindly grace, an Angel came and ushered me inside
and there to my astonishment, stood folk I’d known on Earth
some I had judged and labeled, unfit, of little worth
Indignant words rose to my lips, but never were set free…
For many faces showed surprise, they weren’t expecting me!


If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on now, there’s too many places I’ve got to see
But, If I stayed here with you girl, things just couldn’t be the same
Cause I’m as Free as a Bird now, and this Bird you cannot change
Bye Bye Baby, it’s been a sweet love, though this feeling I can’t change
But please don’t take it so badly, Cause Lord knows I’m to blame
Won’t you Fly High Free Bird
Lyrics from Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Condolence from Kathy Prescott on October 3rd, 2019 9:56 am

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. May you find comfort in your memories and hold them close to your heart. May God’s love surround you all at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Paul San Juan on October 3rd, 2019 10:37 am

Prayers for the family!

Condolence from Judy Boykin on October 3rd, 2019 12:16 pm

What a sweet tribute from a sweet family. Praying for strength for everyone. Please know you are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Aunt Scarlett & Uncle Russ on October 3rd, 2019 9:05 pm

This is a wonderful tribute to your brother. My heart and prayers are with all of you.

Condolence from Heather Peszynski on October 3rd, 2019 10:30 pm

Cindy that was beautiful.. I’m glad he was able to give you some final words. That lady was so sweet to call and tell you. I love you.

Condolence from Fred McBride on October 4th, 2019 4:00 am

Cathy and Cindy I am so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. It is so hard to lose loved ones, but I know yall are happy to know that he is with Jesus and other family and friends.My prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Patti Stewart on October 5th, 2019 3:43 pm

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Your brother knows you all loved him very much! Your words about him are beautiful. Love you all!!

Condolence from Billy Morris Jr on November 13th, 2019 9:00 pm

Bobby Clayton what a good friend? Always had a smile on his face and asked about u no matter what he was going thru. Im a plumber by trade and one time when my business was slow i decided to make alittle money helping at Islands tree service where at the time bobby was the climber ( Scott must have made him mad lol) 3 of us were pulling the limbs Bobby cut and dropped to the chipper i swear he cut them faster then we could pull them lol. Needless to say i couldnt wait to get back to plumbing. My condolences to the family. Jeremy i forgot he was your uncle please let me no when yall have that memorial service thanks

Condolence from Robin Renee (Redmond) McDaniel on January 21st, 2022 1:02 am

God needed someone to make him laugh!
I never saw Bobby without a huge smile on his face & without receiving a huge bear hug! ..peace & love to the family!

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