Clayton Eugene Hickman, 96, of Paducah, KY, formerly of Metropolis, IL, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Mills Health and Rehabilitation in Mayfield, KY.
Visitation will be held from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home with funeral services following at 1 p.m. Steve Karraker will officiate. Burial will follow in Metropolis Memorial Gardens. We ask all that attend any part of the services to please wear a face covering and practice customarily accepted social distancing.
Mr. Hickman was a member of Metropolis Church of Christ and formerly a member of the Lone Oak Church of Christ.
He grew up working in his father’s electrical shop in Spearville, Kansas. At age eighteen, he was drafted into the United States Army during WWII. He received an Honorable discharge.
In the early 1950’s, he came to Metropolis to work at Allied Chemical. This is when he met his wife of sixty-three years, Betty Holley. Clayton worked various jobs in the electrical industry over the years, and lived in several places in the Western United States including, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Nevada. He held several jobs in the Nuclear Industry during his life and with security clearances, worked at Nuclear test sites in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Nevada test site, and the infamous Area 51.
Clayton is survived by his daughter, Terri Gentry of Paducah, KY; two grandsons, Justin Gentry and Jeffrey Gentry and wife Vivian; four great grandchildren, Jacob Gentry, Jenna Gentry, Sidney Charles and Samantha Charles; and one great-great granddaughter, Arria Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Jennie (Speakman) Hickman; wife, Betty Lou Hickman; one sister, Virginia Weiss; and son-in-law, Jack Gentry.
Memorial contributions may be given in Clayton’s name to Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60601. Condolences may be left online at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com.
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