Clayton ‘Buckshot’ Stapleton

Clayton “Buckshot” Stapleton, 89, of Columbia, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Columbia. He was born August 24, 1924 in Jena to the union of Willie James and Ella Susan Corley Stapleton. Buckshot, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, worked for the Department of Transportation and Development for 48 years before retiring. He worked in District 58, then it was moved to the Chase District. He enjoyed many things in life including any type of football, Braves baseball, Community Coffee and was a cowboy at heart. What he loved the most was his family and friends. He wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of and made sure his family was well with his Saturday morning calls. He was a man who loved greatly and was greatly loved by all that knew him. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Jerry Wayne Hendrixson officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery near Jena under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lottie Sharp Stapleton; sister, Ola Mae Windham; and six brothers, John Wesley Stapleton, Lee Stapleton, Vines Stapleton, W. Earl Stapleton, Harvey Stapleton, and Arthur Stapleton. Survivors include his son, Steve Stapleton; two daughters, Jane Bennett and husband Earl, and Diane Scroggs; sister, Mary Weaver; seven grandchildren, Hope Scroggs, Chasity Hill and husband Jay, David B. Scroggs and wife Michelle, Tamara Whilhite and husband Danny, Heath Bennett and wife Ashlee, Brook Stapleton and Jessica Stapleton; and nine great grandchildren, Mallory Dannehl, Alexis Buckalew, Triston Scroggs, Daylyn Scroggs, Payton Scroggs, Sloan Whilhite, Madeline Whilhite, Katelen Bennett, and Reagan Bennett. Pallbearers were Jay Hill, David Scroggs, Triston Scroggs, Luther Ray Stapleton, Danny Stapleton, Chuck Stapleton, Walter Mack Stapleton, and Sloan Whilhite. Honorary pallbearers were James Stapleton, Johnny Stapleton, and all of his LaDOTD co-workers.
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