Guy Vernon Layton, 92, passed away on Dec. 25, 2020. Funeral services will be held at Frieden’s United Church of Christ in Washington today at 10 a.m., with burial following in the church cemetery.
Guy was born on July 11, 1928 in Chireno, Texas to Guy Sr. and Alma (Palmer) Layton. He enjoyed life growing up in this small east Texas town with his three brothers and seven sisters. He was an industrious person and a hard worker even as a child. He spent many a day fishing, squirrel hunting, or frog gigging to supplement the family meals. He worked the fields as a plow boy until the age of 16, when he hitched hiked more than 100 miles to the city of Orange, Texas to attend the naval welding school. There he mastered welding and worked on WWII ships. He worked long enough to save up money for a bus ticket to return home to Chireno. Upon returning, he was a pulp wood truck driver for the next year.