Oliver Funeral Home of Winona, Inc.
|"Our family serving your family for four generations"
(July 15, 1935 - November 15, 2017)
Clayton “Soc” Malone, 82, of Winona, died at Country Meadow Personal Care Home near Greenwood on Wednesday, November 15. He
was born to Hosea C. and Marie Watson Malone in Kilmichael on July 15, 1935. Clayton moved to Winona in 5th grade, played football, and
met his future wife, O’Nirah, during his high school years in Winona.
Following graduation from Winona High School in 1956, Clayton moved to Greenville where he began work as a telephone lineman for
South Central Bell. Clayton and O’Nirah were married in August of 1957 and made their home in Greenville. In 1958 Clayton joined the
Mississippi Army National Guard and he served until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
Clayton continued to work for South Central Bell, eventually becoming the Central Office Foreman in Greenville, a position he held until
1977, when he transferred to Jackson and accepted a position as an Equipment Engineer. He remained in this job until his retirement in
1991. Following his retirement, he and his friend, Joe Steen, formed South Central Cabling, a contracting company. They both eventually
went to work as contractors for the State of Mississippi, and both retired, again, after thirteen years.
From 1977 until 2009, Clayton and O’Nirah made their home in Clinton, where Clayton, with the help of family, built a home for them on
Drexel Circle. It was there they reared two daughters, Kim and Betty Ann. Clayton was actively involved during those years as a member of
the Siwell Road church of Christ, formerly Belvedere church of Christ, in Jackson. He will be remembered as an exemplary Christian that
loved his family dearly and always looked for ways to help people.
In 2009, Clayton and O’Nirah returned to their childhood home of Winona in order to be near their grandchildren, Kimberly, Clay, and
Annalise. Clayton saw them every day. They were the light of his life and they adored him. They knew him as “Pop” and he would always
say yes to anything they wanted him to do with them.
Clayton is survived by his wife of 60 years, O’Nirah Burton Malone; two daughters, Kim Malone (Christie Jacobs) of Evergreen, Colorado
and Betty Ann Waggoner (James) of Winona; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Clay, and Annalise; and a host of extended family. Along with
his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Malone Pogue and brother, Billy Franklin Malone.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, with burial following. Mr.
Curtis Burton will officiate the service. Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 18, from 5 until 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November
19, from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home in Winona.
Pallbearers will be Clay Waggoner, Anthony Malone, David Rosinski, Steve Choate, Bill Herring, Bo Surrell, and Billy Joe Surrell. Honorary
pallbearers will be Joe Steen and Gary Turner.
Memorial contributions may be made to Winona church of Christ, Building Fund, 701 Middleton Road, Winona, MS 38967 or St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Saturday, Nov. 18 5 - 7 pm
Sunday, Nov. 19 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Oliver Funeral Home
Sunday, Nov. 19 3 pm
|Dennis and Deborah Miller
So very sorry for your loss. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Hal and Elaine Moss
So very sorry for your loss. We worked with Clayton at the phone company for many years. He was a great guy and
pray that precious memories of happy times gone by and God's grace will see you thru this time of sorrow.
One of the nicest men I have ever met. My condolences to his family.
Mr. Malone and his family are long cherished friends. I'm so sorry for this great loss of a great man.
MARY B. MALONE AND FAMILY
SO S0RRY AND SORRY I CANNOT COME.LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL.
I am so sorry to read of your loss.. My prayers are with you.
Clayton and I worked together in the last few years before he retired from BellSouth. He taught me a lot and was
always kind to everyone around him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hoffpauir (Jennifer Hopper Hoffpauir)
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Clayton. He was an incredible man with a heart full of gold. He was loving and
generous and was one of my role models for the man I looked for to be a good husband to me. He will truly be missed.
I love you all. Balloons and Rainbows
Clayton was one of the most humble Christian men I have ever known. Malcolm and I dearly loved him and his
family. May God bless you with the strength and courage to get through this very difficult time.
Lee and Debra McAdams
We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Clayton was such a sweet man and a fine Christian. Yall are in our thoughts and
prayers. May God comfort yall in the days, weeks, months ahead.
Gene and Madolyn Gibson
We are remembering your family with love and prayers. Clayton was a loving and happy Christian man. He always
made the world around him a better place. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for peace in your hearts. We are
sorry we can't be there to give hugs. We love you, Gene and Madolyn
Billy and Shirley Jefcoat Memphis, Tn.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Malone Family at a time like this.
Billy and Shirley
|July 15, 1935
November 15, 2017