Gerald, founder of Clayton & Company in 1953 in Decatur that later became Clayton, Paulk & Associates, left this earth for a better place December 14, 2017. As a husband, father, grandfather and trusted CPA for nearly 65 years, he led a life for service above self. He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” that parachuting on D-Day behind enemy lines. He served as a charter member of Avondale Patillo UMC, member of the American Legion, Harold Byrd Post 66, Avondale Estates Financial officer and Board-at large, Chaplain and was named Legionnaire of the Year in 2014.
In addition to Gerald’s love of God, Country and Family, he always put the long-term well-being and success of clients first. Clients became friends, and they relied on Gerald to give them confidence to grow and thrive in ways that might have been too difficult.
We are grateful Gerald’s stewardship and think of him often. His insight, wisdom and Godly heart remain in our memories. We are truly thankful for his guidance in our community.