Clayton McHan, 74, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Monday, October 24, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Harvey Lee and Mae Leona Wikle McHan.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Blanche McHan; one son, Clayton Very McHan Jr; and two daughters, Evelyn Bradley and Nancy McHan.
No services are planned at this time.
Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the family.
I remember Clayton. His grandmother Pearl Potts Wikle DeHart lived next door to us on Wiggins Creek. Pearl lived with her daughter Pauline and husband Luther Sutton. Their son Beanie Sutton was my best buddy and partner in mischief for a long time.
Sometimes when I was there misbehaving with Beanie, Clayton and his mother Mae would be there too, visiting with Aunt Pearl. I don’t remember Clayton’s father Harvey Lee McHan although he was my 1st cousin 3X removed (according to Ancestry.com.) Maybe I met him and just don’t remember him. Maybe he’ll come back to me later on.
Ancestry allows that Clayton is my 3rd cousin 1X removed using our relationship through his mother. If it would use his fathers side, the relationship would be at least a 2nd cousin. A combination of the two could be even closer.
Remember the song Big Yellow Taxi? and the words “you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone”. That’s the feeling I get when I post these obituaries of the Needmore people I knew or should have known.
I wish more people would add their memories to my faltering ones. Please let me know in a comment or in an email so I can add it to the post. Spread the word!