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Obituary for Clayton Marion Broxson Sr.

Clayton Marion Broxson passed away peacefully in the presence of family on February 28, 2024 at the age of 94.

Clayton was born on May 30, 1929 to Bonnie Christina Anderson and Frank Broxson. He was the product of a Choctawhatchee National Forest family that was relocated to Holley, FL when he was 11 years old and he never left. He fell in love with everything the area had to offer. From fishing and shrimping in East Bay to deer and turkey hunting on Eglin Reservation, Clayton could not get enough of what his community had to offer. Always working, his first side jobs included building docks and land surveying around East Bay. As a teenager, he worked with his dad and uncles at Runyan Shipyard in Pensacola.

In 1950, he married the love of his life, Bobby, and they managed to balance each other out for 63 loving years. Clayton worked civil service for over 30 years at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt AFB in Main Base Supply. His work stories included tape ball fights and large lunchtime poker games in the warehouse. Despite the horseplay, he was respected by all who were on the flightline. He was a people person that could carry on a conversation with anyone in the room. He seemed to get along with everyone and never say a bad word about anyone. Clayton retired at the age of 55 and never looked back. He floundered in East Bay most nights of the week and would often be seen at the Holley Tom Thumb getting ice for his coolers at daylight. For many years, he supplied Gator's Restaurant with flounder and would work in the back to help clean fish.

He found his joy by being outside and with people. His outdoor game play was impressive. He loved throwing horseshoes and playing frisbee golf. Many remember him as the bare-footed pitcher in the Holley County Baseball League. He never held back and was always a competitor. He was also a prankster that enjoyed sneaking up on people. His thrill came from watching a prank unfold and, when it was all over, he would cover his mouth and snicker. His sense of humor was legendary. Most of all, Clayton was a family man and someone who was always willing to help others. Family and friends came to him when they were in need because they knew he could be counted on. He was a pillar of his small community and will be terribly missed.

Clayton is survived by his siblings, Marie Bonifay (Al), Claudette Tolbert (James) and William “Vic” Broxson (Charmaine) and children: Clay Broxson, Jr., Susie Broxson and Jamye Elder (Bob).

Clayton was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Cutts Broxson, sisters, Kathleene Detisch (Fritz) and Peggy Landreth (Tom), brother Ron Broxson (Jeanne) and grandson, Rocky Bishop.

He was known as PawPaw to grandchildren: Jason Broxson (Leda), Linda Bishop (Rocky’s wife), Josh Broxson (Ali), Jill Powers (Mike), Sam Crow, Todd Elder (Carlee) and Mitchell Szymoniak (Kaz); and great grandchildren Cori Soud (Chip), Claire Broxson, Jordan Bishop (Alyssa), Lauren Bishop, Clayton Broxson, III, Vada Broxson, Daisy Szymoniak, Clara Szymoniak, Everett Powers, Bradley Powers and Alvi Elder.

Thank you to all the family and friends that have been so supportive over the last several weeks.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from noon until 3:00 pm at 7550 Broxson Road.