Thursday, December 18, 2014

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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Anniston Star,