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Clayton was born in Salina, Oklahoma, Mayes County in Indian Territory to Muggie Mae Vann and William Colombus DunHam. Clayton was the last surviving member of 12 children and was honored to be the last to carry on the DunHam name for his generation.
Along with his beloved wife and business partner, Barbara Hughes, together they carried on the Clayton DunHam and Sons Trucking Company for over 60 years where they were well known all throughout the state of California. Clayton was delighted that he was able to carry his Chauffers license until the time of his passing. He held to a strong belief that people worked hard for what they possessed. He was very proud of his son Brett who has managed the Winters Cemetery for over 30 years.
Clayton was highly honored to be of Cherokee Indian bloodline, he and his family are registered at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Cherokee of Northern California and also with the National American Indian Organization. He absolutely loved his Indian heritage and was often heard saying, I would have loved to be a full-blooded blanket ass Indian rather than a half-breed.
Clayton was a five generation, very active, Democrat Party Member and belonged to the Yolo County Democratic Group and the California State Democratic Party.
Clayton and Barbara never missed a ball game on television and he was a committed Red Sox fan where he was proud to support Dusty Pedroia. Clayton and Barbara held deep discussions throughout the entirety of each game.
He was very fond of his Antique Automobile and Gun collections and particularly loved his very 1st vehicle, his 1936 Ford Coupe. On April 25th, the day following Claytons passing, his life was honored by the City of Winters as they dedicated the Annual Youth Day parade in his name where for many years he had provided his antique automobiles to be displayed.
For the last couple of years of Claytons life he provided loving care to his rose garden and on the day of his service his casket will be adorned with the roses from his garden.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Barbara Hughes, three sons, Dennis, John and Brett, three grand-daughters, including a special granddaughter, Sierra and her companion Richard, three great-granddaughters and four generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three children, Billie Gene, Janice Sue and Tommy Clayton.
Pallbearers for the service will be Rex L. Hughes, Julius Hughes, Paris Hughes, Tanner Hughes, Jeremy Nelson and Bert Young. Honorary Pallbearers will be Billie Gene Williams, Robin Thomas, Roosevelt Gilcrest, Dennis Ray DunHam, Vann DunHam and Geo. Wallace Bowlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Claytons memory to Yolo Hospice; P.O. Box 1014; Davis, CA 95617.
A time of visitation will be held Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Main Street Church; 205 Main Street in Winters under the direction of Wiscombe Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be private. Interment will be in the DunHam family plot at the Winters Cemetery. There will be no reception following services to provide the family with private time.
sorry clayton I wanted to say good buddy not body
carrol skaggs Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM
Brett, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your Mother Barbara and family. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers. Curtis & Mike - Vacaville
Curtis Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM
Brett and Barbara I want to say it was indeed my pleasure to have served Clayton as his pharmacist at the MPD pharmacy for the many years he patronize our pharmacy. Clayton brought such a down home honesty that made me feel humble and proud to have known him. May you know God's love during griefing time. love curtis
Curtis Brown May 2 2009 12:00 AM
HERES TO YOU CLAYTON,GOOD BODY REST IN PEACE.
carrol l skaggs May 2 2009 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Mel Martin May 2 2009 12:00 AM
Barbara and family really wanted to be their but with all the stuff i have going on with my body ,decided iyt was best to stay home close to my dr. sorry to hear about Clayton, loved him very much he was more like a uncle than friend. love always Faye and kids.
Faye Dewey May 2 2009 12:00 AM
Brett, our sympathies in this time of grief. Call us if you need anything. McCune Garden Chapel Staff
McCune Garden Chapel Apr 30 2009 12:00 AM
Barbra, Brett and family my deepest prayers for you and your family I pray the God of peace will embrass you and comfort you as he has me in past and he will stenghthen and uphold you. When i look back at Clayton and his impression he instilled in my is stability and a friend that stuck with you to the end. He has truley been a friend to many and we will miss him. Lenial
Lenial Stankewitz Apr 30 2009 12:00 AM
Grandpa Clayton, Thank you for everything, You are loved. I am sorry I did not get to see you before you passed.
Joe Pierce Apr 29 2009 12:00 AM
BARB@BRETT I'M VERY FOND OF THE MANY HOURS CLAYTON AND I SPENT TALKING ABOUT, JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. HE WAS AN AMAZING PERSON, WHO I KNOW WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. HENRY AND SHIRLEY SYDOW
HANK SYDOW Apr 29 2009 12:00 AM