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Obituary: Clayton L. "Clay" Hattabaugh, Columbus

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Clayton L. "Clay" Hattabaugh, 73, of Columbus, died at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Clay was a former machinist and foreman with Cummins Engine Company and worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1985 to 1994 when he retired as a clerk. He was discharged in 1961 after serving with the United States Air Force.

He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading his Bible. An accomplished bass, keyboard and guitar player and vocalist, he performed with bands over his lifetime and also enjoyed racing.

Funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street with the Rev. Stephen Gentry officiating. Calling will be from noon until service time Friday. Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior fund.

Born in Salem Jan. 18, 1940, Clay was the son of Roy and Lilly Applegate Hattabaugh. He married Barbara McCawley Nov. 21, 1968, in Taylorsville.

Surviors include his wife; a son, Clay (Karri) Hattabaugh of Columbus; a daughter, Rhonda Ballard of Shelbyville; a stepdaughter, Laura Bishop of North Vernon; a brother, Harry (Hope) Hattabaugh of Campbellsburg; sisters, Kathleen (Clint) Sarver, Colleen Bower and Linda (Walter) McClellan, all of Salem; grandchildren, Alan, Kassi, Ashley, Courtney, Brandon, Gabbi and Danni; and great-grandchildren, Allison, Bryson and Emmalee.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Johnson.

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