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Clayton H. Underwood
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 • Posted June 18, 2008

Clayton Harold Underwood, born June 30, 1928, in Mason, Texas, passed away on June 9, 2008, at his home in Conroe. He was a very devoted husband and father and loved his friends, horses and hunting.

Clayton graduated from Menard High School in 1945 prior to receiving his degree from Sul Ross College majoring in Industrial Engineering. He entered the United States Army in November 1950 serving with the 45th Infantry Division in the Korean War. He was discharged in 1952, having been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Upon returning to civilian life, he moved to Houston, Texas, to take the position of Plant Manager with Lofland Steel Company. He was employed by this firm until 1960 when he purchased the firm's Houston operation and formed Confederate Steel Corporation where he retired as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Clayton has been very active in community and civic work for numerous years. He served on the Board of Directors of The Leukemia Society of America, The American Diabetes Association, The Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, The 100 Club of Houston, The Houston Farm and Ranch Club, Bill Williams Annual Capon Dinner, Texas Commerce Bank, Conroe and many others. He is a member of the Executive Committee, Lifetime Vice Presidents and Board of Directors of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and The Official Stock Show Wagon #4. Clayton is a member and past President of The Tejas Vaqueros. He also is a member of the Arabia Temple Shrine and an endowed member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an award recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds for The Exchange Club of Houston in 1984.

He is survived by his loving wife, Trudie Marie, three daughters, Kelly Underwood, Holly Price, Melissa Banhagel and one son, Bryan Underwood, one sister, Olamae Davis of Bryan, Tx and blessed with eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring Clayton’s life was on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 W. White Oak Terrace, Conroe.

Pallbearers were James Bloodworth, Don Buckalew, John Causey, Freeman Dunn, Ken Fossler, Louis Pearce, Jr. and Mike Wells. Honorary pallbearers were Executive Committee and Lifetime Vice Presidents of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Tejas Vaqueros.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer Association, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund or charity of choice.

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