Clayton W. Dame, 64, of Hazelton, passed away at his home on Monday, July 18, 2022.
Clayton was born Dec. 9, 1957, in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Clayton’s father, who has preceded him in death, is Walter Ray Yarbrough. Clayton was greatly blessed with having three mothers. His birth mother was Barbara (Newman) Dame Stewart, who preceded him in death. His grandmother, Hazel Wade Newman of Cowling, Illinois, who preceded him in death, served as his mother for many years until Clayton, in his young teenage years, moved to Vincennes with his aunt, Gloria Newman Emmons, whom he called “Mom” and also has preceded him in death.
Clayton had a great love for his grandfather, Clifford “Red” Newman, who preceded him in death when Clayton was a youngster. He spoke of Gloria and Clifford with high regards. Clayton loved playing basketball. In his late teens he coached a YMCA league that did very well. Clayton was a IU fan as well. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play basketball, various sports and activities. Clayton worked as a union bricklayer local 4 out of Terre Haute and Evansville for most of his life. He was excellent at his craft. It was certainly his calling. After he retired he and his sons worked as a family in Dame Masonry, their slogan being “We’re not just bricklayers; we are masons.”
Clayton is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Geheb) Dame, who left this world way too soon.
Clayton was the father of five: daughter, Amber Brook Dame, who preceded him in death; twin daughters, Tabitha Shaine McCarter of Vincennes and Tennille Delaine Dreiman of Bicknell; and sons, Ian Yarbrough Dame (wife, Kara) of Hazleton and Heath Yarbrough Dame (wife, Tanisha) of Evansville. His grandchildren are Cameron Johnson Messeman of Vincennes, Cora Collins of Vincennes, Isaiah Collins of Vincennes, Jayda Messeman of Bicknell, Nya Dame of Hazleton, Bentley Leverett of Bicknell, Max Dame of Evansville, Kian Dame of Hazleton, and Kiya Dame of Hazleton. Clayton was known to his grandkids as “Paps” and “Papaw.” Clayton has a sister, Debbie Carty; a niece, Chastity Splittorff of Albion, Illinois; and also an aunt, Glenna Spruell of Grayville, Illinois.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St.
There will be a funeral service held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. As per his request, cremation will take place.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul or the donor’s charity of choice.
Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist Clayton’s family during their time of loss.