James A. Clinton of Riverhead died April 8 at his home after a long illness. He was 69.
Mr. Clinton was born Aug. 25, 1944, in Aurora, N.C., to Winifred (Ernell) and Napoleon Clinton. He attended public school in North Carolina, and later went to school in Riverhead. He completed his education by obtaining his GED certificate.
Family members said Mr. Clinton joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. He went to Vietnam on two separate tours: from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1967 to 1968. He later worked for Calverton National Cemetery.
According to family members, Mr. Clinton was “liked by everyone who knew him.” He enjoyed walking and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Clinton was predeceased by his brothers Willie and David and by his sister, Everlyn Houpe. He is survived by his companion of 31 years, Anna Ayers; five children, Lawanda, James Jr., Charlene, Jermaine and Winifred Clinton, all of Sanford, Fla.; his brothers Joe and Johnnie of Riverhead, Hurlie of Wildwood, N.Y., and Alonzo of Flanders; as well as many other relatives.
The family received visitors April 17 at Galilee Church of God in Christ, where Pastor Roy Pennon Sr. led a funeral service.
Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead.