Clayton Oliver Prawl
Clayton Oliver Prawl
  • October 31, 1947 - September 12, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Clayton Oliver Prawl, Sr. was born on October 31, 1947 at Harlem Hospital in New York, NY to Florence Prawl. On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, the Lord called him home.

Clayton accepted Christ as his personal savior at the young age of 4 years old at A.M.E. Zion Church in Yonkers, NY and re-dedicated his life to Christ at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in February 1998 where he remained a member until his death.

Clayton received his education from Warwick Valley High School where he played basketball and ran track. After graduating from high school, he attended New York City Community College in New York City. He entered into the Air Force after high school and served in the Vietnam War from April 1968 to April 1969 where he worked to repair office equipment.

Clayton met the love of his life Maxine Gloria Woody in 1971 and were married in a small ceremony on September 13, 1972, in Queens, NY. Clayton and Maxine had four children: LaTeace, Cytinya, Sha' Shane and Clayton, Jr. Clayton and Maxine resided in Richmond Hill, NY and were active members of Brown Memorial Baptist Church. In 1980, the family relocated to Houston, TX.

Clayton had a long standing career in computer technology, which began at Burroughs (1969-1979) and Unitek (1979) in New York and continued in Houston where he worked for Digital (1980-2001), Compaq (2001-2012), and then Hewlett Packard (2012-2015). Clayton retired from HP in May 2015. After retirement, Clayton reentered the workforce as an actor and an unofficial director. All would say that Clayton's strong work ethic is one to be truly admired.
Clayton loved his family and enjoyed his friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a handsome smile. He had a giving heart and a loving personality. After Clayton's diagnosis with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer, he was still found out and about enjoying life with family and friends. Clayton enjoyed a good meal, watching basketball, reading movie scripts, watching movies, listening and dancing to music. Clayton Prawl was a fighter and survivor while kicking cancer in the rear!

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maxine Gloria Woody Prawl.

Clayton Oliver Prawl, leaves to mourn his four children: LaTeace (Fred) Cuellar, Cytinya (Byron) Bowers, and Clayton, Jr. (Lydia) Prawl, Jr., Houston, TX, and Sha' Shane Prawl, Richmond Hill, NY; six grandchildren: Travis Bowers, Taylor Bowers, Abel Gonzales, Kailynne Prawl, and Lauryn Prawl, Houston, TX, and Ayden Coleman, Richmond Hill, NY; one great-grandchild Haylee Gonzales; his mother, Florence Bailey, St. Albans, NY; three brothers Reginald Prawl, Sr., Houston, TX; David Waters, Edgewater, New Jersey; Chris Waters, Long Beach, CA, four sisters: Patrice Smith, Queens, NY; Debbie Gaillord, Houston, TX; Doris Fisher, Brooklyn, NY; Antonia Jennings, Atlanta, GA, four sister-in-laws, Yvonne Prawl, Houston, TX; Joyce Irvin, Richmond Hill, NY; Sharon Waters, Edgewater, New Jersey and Adrianne Waters; two brother-in-laws: George Irvin, Sr., Richmond Hill, NY and Carl Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and special friends