Claytus Everette Cothren, 90, of Elkin passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home. Claytus was born July 30, 1929, in Wilkes County to James Odell and Epel Billings Cothren.

Mr. Cothren was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, and was a member of Benham Baptist Church for his entire adult life. Claytus served as choir director for 40 years, chairman of deacons and served on various other committees throughout the years. He was always willing to serve his Lord, his church and his community.

Mr. Cothren was a farmer, a graduate of Clevenger Business College, class of 1958, and retired as an operations manager for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Claytus was a wonderful dad and Godly father to his three daughters who loved and cherished him. All of his grandchildren loved and adored their Pa-Pa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Cothren and Fred Cothren, and a sister, Ethelene Cothren Carter.

Survivors include his loving wife of 71 years, Joyce Byrd Cothren of the home; his daughters, Cynthia Cothren of the home, Brenda Martin and husband, Bruce, of Fayetteville and Amanda Stowe and husband, Tom, of Charlotte; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cothren; his grandchildren, Patrick Stowe, Nick Stowe, Joshua Martin, Sally Stowe and Ella Stowe; and several special nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Benham Baptist Church, with his sons-in-law, Dr. Bruce Martin and Tom Stowe, officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the North Carolina Honor Guard and VFW post 10346, will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service. The family requests memorials be made to Benham Baptist Church, 8697 Greenhorn Road, Elkin, N.C. 28621 or Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, N.C. 27030.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for the loving care they gave to our dad over the past year.

Online condolences may be made at www.elkinfuneralservice.com. Services have been entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

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