[Funeral Program for Cora Faye Clayton, September 27, 2005] Page: 2 of 3
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Order of Service
Musical Selection "One God"
Congressman Chief of Staff
Phillis Wheatley Class of1957
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Rehoboth Temple 2
Obituary (read silently)
Musical Selection "Duet"
Words of Consolation
Rev. Lester Porter
Rev. Martin Walker &
Tommy Jackson, Jr.
Basileus Wynell Mann
Musicians - Deloris Williams,
"Spot" Barnett, Hertha Grant
Jessy Dixon & Gloria Himes
Rev. C. W. Black
Elder El Freddie Lee, Jr.
Rev. C. W. Black
Cora Faye (Dixon) Clayton passed away peacefully on
September 14, 2005 in Houston, Texas. Cora was born on
September 25, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to parents
Jesse & Viola Dixon.
Cora is survived by her devoted daughters, Tina Marie
Clayton and Michelle "Toni" Clayton Collier and her son-
in-law Larry Collier; all of Houston, TX. She is also
survived by her siblings - Jessy Dixon and Miriam Dixon
of Chicago, Illinois; Ralph Dixon of San Antonio, Texas;
and cousins, nephews and other relatives.
A 1957 graduate of San Antonio's Phillis Wheatley High
School and 1961 graduate of Our Lady of the Lake
University, Cora began working in 1961 for United States
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez as constituent
caseworker and as his personal secretary. She served in
that capacity in Washington, D. C. and the San Antonio
District Office for 30 years. She had the distinction of
being the first African-American to be employed by a U. S.
Representative serving south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cora was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and of several other community
service organizations. She spent most of her professional
career and early retirement volunteering for charities in
Since retiring, Cora was happiest when spending time with
her family, watching baseball (especially the New York
Mets) while playing bridge with friends.
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