Clayto Lamar Roberts, Jr., 90, passed away July 7, 2017 at the Presbyterian Home, Clinton, S.C. A memorial service will be held July 10 at the Rock Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m., with the Dr. Chris Leonard and the Reverend Debby Plumstead Marshall officiating. The family will receive friends following the Memorial Service in the Fellowship Hall.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Clayto was born May 6, 1927, to Clayto Lamar Roberts, Sr. of Pelzer and Jewel Brown Roberts of Lincolnton, GA. Following his father’s death in 1934, Clayto and his brothers and sisters moved from Pelzer to Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, S.C. He graduated from Thornwell High School in 1945. Clayto served in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. He also attended Presbyterian College where he played on the football team and ran track.
Clayto was employed by John B. Lee for Music in Anderson, S.C., before moving in 1956 to become the manager for John B. Lee’s store in downtown Greenwood. After 21 years there, Clayto along with Norman Ouzts opened Home Entertainment Center on Montague Avenue, which operated for over seventeen years.
Clayto was involved in civic affairs most of his life as an active and dedicated member of the Greenwood County Junior Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice-President and President, and also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was the first Chairman of the Upper Savannah Development District and served on the Greenwood County Board of Education for 17 years and as the Chairman for three terms. Clayto became a dedicated member of the Greenwood County Republican Party upon moving to Greenwood and held many positions throughout the years. Clayto was an elder and Sunday School teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church for many years, as well as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
He married Marjorie Jean Corbett of Mountville, S.C. in 1951. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Clayto is survived by his brother Smiley Roberts and predeceased by three sisters: Janelle McCurry, Sara Edwards, and Xemina Cameron, and a brother Brown Roberts. Clayto and Marjorie have four children: Debbie Roberts Hamlett of Greenwood, S.C.; Nancy Roberts Parvin and her husband Clint of Chattanooga, TN; Mary Jewel Roberts Barron and her husband Charlie of Clemson, S.C.; and Clayto Lamar Roberts, III and his wife Kym of Roswell, GA.
Clayto was a loving grandfather to seven grandchildren: Amy Brook Hamlett of Greenwood, S.C. who passed away in 2000; Ashley Hamlett Jenkins (Robert) of James Island, S.C.; Katie Barron Hubbard (Jonathan) of Asheville, N.C.; Meg Barron Denham (Andrew) of Cumming, GA; Christopher Lee Roberts of Hollywood, S.C.; Caroline Roberts of Atlanta, GA; and Rebecca Roberts of Atlanta, GA. Clayto also had four great-grandchildren: Sterling and Henry Jenkins and Charlie and Ellis Hubbard.
The family would like to express gratitude and thanks to the staff at the Presbyterian Home and Palmetto Healthcare Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rock Presbyterian Church, 122 Rock Church Road NW, Greenwood, S.C. 29649, www.rpcgwd.org, or Thornwell Children’s Home, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, S.C. 29325, www.thornwell.com.
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Blyth Funeral Home of Greenwood, S.C. is serving the family.