Dr. Marcus McLean Clayton, 89, entered peacefully into rest at home surrounded by family on Friday, March 5, 2021. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus McLean Clayton, Sr.Marcus was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 14, 1931. He spent much of his childhood in Atlanta, Camp Blanding, Florida and St. Augustine, Florida. After losing his sight and dominate right hand at age 13, he attended the School for the Deaf and Blind in St Augustine. He graduated from High School in Atlanta, and then attended the University of Georgia where he was a Chi Phi. He transferred to Emory University to complete his Bachelor of Art and Law Degree in 1957. Marcus married his college sweetheart, Mona Scarborough, started his family and returned to Emory to pursue his true academic passion, philosophy. He earned his PhD in 1967, just before the birth of his fourth daughter.While working on his doctorate, Marcus taught at Emory and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1959 and became a full-time faculty member of Paine College teaching religion, history and a wide range of philosophy courses. Throughout his 44-year teaching career, he nurtured many students through his love of this work. He was honored with the distinguished title, Professor Emeritus, in 2002 from Paine College.Marcus had a lifelong love of music and became an accomplished pianist. He also derived great joy from writing limericks and poems for friends and special occasions.After his marriage to Mona, he married Georgianne Bugg Bishop and became stepfather to her three daughters for 24 years until her death in 1998. Marcus is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patricia Christian Clayton, his brother Robert “Bob” Clayton, Sr, and his four daughters from his marriage to Mona; Alison Clayton Bowles (Greg), Marsha Clayton Kameron (Johnny), Catherine Clayton Stuckey (Billy), Jan Clayton Buckaloo, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His step-children from his marriage to Patricia; Chris Hayes (Beverly), Lisa Hayes Martin, Julie Hayes Avrett (Cliff), Tammie Hayes Jones (Terrell) and Patrick Hayes (Ikuko) as well as ten step- grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, George Alexander Clayton, III and nephew, Robert “Rob” Clayton, Jr.A private service will be held at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 11. In lieu of flowers, a memoriam can be made in his name to Paine College.
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