Clarence Clyatt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Clarence Ramsey Clyatt, Sr., beloved husband of the late Martha Murphey Clyatt, entered into rest Friday, November 30, 2007 at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 3, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Westover Memorial Park with Dr. Rodger B. Murchison officiating. Mr. Clyatt was born September 19, 1910 in the Mistletoe area of Columbia County. He moved to Augusta while in the seventh grade to live with his grandparents. He was in the first graduating class of the Academy of Richmond County on Baker Avenue playing football, basketball and baseball for the school. Mr. Clyatt was one of seven individuals to receive an athletic scholarship to Wake Forest University. After graduation he was named manager of Maxwell Brothers Furniture Company in 1935. He married Martha Murphey in 1936. Mr. Clyatt was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta; the President of The Exchange Club of Augusta; President of the American Business Club (AMBUCS) of Augusta; the director of Augusta's first soap box derby; and he revived the Boy Scout Troop of First Baptist of Augusta and served as Scout Master. In 1950, he was transferred to Greenville, SC with Maxwell Brothers Furniture Company and was in charge of the stores there for eighteen years. In Greenville he was also elected president of the Greenville Exchange Club and The American Business Club (AMBUCS). He then returned back to Augusta where he completed his furniture career with Maxwell Brothers Furniture Company. In 1965 he was recognized as one of the three outstanding furniture executives of the Southeast by Furniture South. Survivors include two sons, Clarence Ramsey Clyatt, Jr. (Dorothy); Milledge Murphey Clyatt, (Claye); and three grandchildren, Clarence Ramsey Clyatt, III, Barry Clyatt Eilers and Martha Clyatt Messick; one nephew, Milledge Murphey Clyatt, III; two nieces, Edwinia Murphey Spivey; Jeannie Murphey Cawthon and five great grandchildren. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30909. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of The Augusta Exchange Club. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 2, 2007 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 1134 Telfair Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-December 1, 2007