North Hamilton area residents are invited to attend a benefit gospel singing Saturday, July 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. inside Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park. Event proceeds will help pay burial expenses for the late Soddy-Daisy native Scott Clayton, 20.
"It's a tragic incident that took a young man's life before his prime," said Clayton's maternal uncle Jerry Bowers. "Scott had his whole life ahead of him."
Clayton passed away along with his wife, Emily, 21, and her cousin Annie Blevins, 24, in a car crash June 4 in Marion County. Driver Eric Blevins survived the crash and told investigators they were returning home from four-wheeling when their car was forced off the road. Suspect James T. Meeks III, who has been arrested, is being investigated for involvement in the crash, driving a stolen vehicle and burning the vehicle.
Bowers said it will cost the family $19,900 for Scott Clayton's burial expenses. He said the family still needs to raise $15,000.
"He worked hard to provide for his family," said Bowers of Clayton. "He was very kind and always smiling. Everyone liked him."
Fundraiser attendees can purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue sandwiches and soft drinks to help offset costs for the family. A balloon artist will entertain children and gospel groups including The Greesons, Rhonda Frye and Riverside, Wesley Crider and The McRoys will perform.
"We want everyone to come," said Bowers. "Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit and watch the concert."
Bowers said if churches collected love offerings, that would help meet the need.
Clayton, his wife and son are all buried next to each other in Chattanooga Memorial Park in Red Bank. Scott and Emily Clayton's son, Andrew, passed away at age 2 months from complications at birth.
Scott Clayton graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 2008. He worked at Floyd's Hardware in Soddy-Daisy. Then he became employed by AP&L Electric. Relatives said he enjoyed four-wheeling and watching Nascar and he was a Baptist.