Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Anniston man with crazy hats had big heart


ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Sonny Clayton never met a hat he didn't like or a stranger he couldn't make a friend.

A self-proclaimed clown, the Anniston native always had a balloon animal for a crying child or a big smile and helping hand for anyone in trouble. He was a kind of local celebrity and though people might not have known his name, his wacky hats and friendly attitude were unforgettable.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/19kACsv ) that Clayton died early Tuesday morning at his sister's home in Anniston. He was 60.

A memorial service for Clayton was held Wednesday at Church on the Rock in Anniston.

For decades, Clayton entertained children in full clown makeup at birthday parties, church events and parades.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/