Howard Clayton Amason

HOWARD CLAYTON AMASON, 85, Oneonta, passed away July 24, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. Howard was born July 17, 1935, to Cecil and Lucille Amason in Birmingham. He grew up in Republic and joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean Conflict War from 1952 -1956.

After leaving the Navy, he served at the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years in capacities from Birmingham to Anniston and Oneonta. He eventually became the postmaster of Heflin.

Howard and Viola “Betty” Amason wed in 1955 and had three children: Carl, Danny, and Frank. In 1980, Howard wed Sylvia and gained three more children who grew to love him as their own father.

During retirement, Howard enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, bird watching, golfing, and watching Braves baseball and Alabama football. Howard was predeceased by his parents Cecil and Lucille Amason, brother Donald Amason, and wife Sylvia Cottingham Amason.

He is survived by his sons: Carl (Paula) Amason, Danny (Teresa) Amason, Frank (Jan) Amason; stepchildren Lisa (Rodney) Sprayberry, Charla Atkinson, Brent (Nellie) Cottingham; grandchildren Leslie Amason, Grace (Matt) Owens, Jesse Amason, Laura (Brad) Maxon, Kenton (Tiffany) Sprayberry, Kevin Sprayberry, Leighton Sprayberry; great-grandchildren Gavin Amason, Raylan and Katelyn Owens, Jayden, Lana, and Ember Sprayberry; sister Janice Nail; and the mother of his children Betty Amason.

Graveside visitation was from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Blount Memory Gardens on July 27. The service was officiated by Bro. Jerry Gargus. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to his home church of Rosa United Methodist Church. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

-obituary written by family