Larry Clayton[two_third] A native of Atlanta, Larry Clayton grew up in Avondale Estates; he resides there today. Larry is a graduate of Avondale High School, the University of Georgia (BBA) and Georgia State University (MBA). Larry joined the CPA firm immediately upon his graduation from UGA. With over thirty-five years’ experience in corporate and individual taxes, Larry Clayton is the Managing Partner of Clayton, Paulk & Associates. Larry has also specialized in personal financial planning, retirement plans, insurance and investments. Larry and his wife Peggy are the proud parents of two daughters. Heather joined Clayton Paulk & Associates in 2013. Lori is the associate pastor at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church. She and her husband Matt live in Alpharetta. Larry and Peggy are active members of Avondale Pattillo United Methodist; he is a certified lay speaker. [/two_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
Gary Clayton[two_third] Gary is also a native of the Atlanta area; he is a graduate of Avondale High School. He holds a BS degree in accounting from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina and he received his CPA designation in 1978. Gary was with Clayton, Paulk & Associates from 1978 until 1991, at which time he formed a computer network integration company for which he was Chairman and Director of Sales until 2009. He rejoined the firm in 2009 as a partner with direct responsibility for client development. His emphasis is on monthly accounting services and business consulting. Gary and Del (Ballard) met at Presbyterian College and have been married for thirty-three years. Their two sons, Lee and Michael, work for Gallup Corporation and PGI – a web conferencing company in Atlanta – respectively. Gary and Del attend Cannon United Methodist Church in Snellville. [/two_third] [one_third_last][/one_third_last]
Bruce Paulk[two_third] Bruce Paulk was born into a military family in Atlanta; after spending a number of years in Germany, his family moved back to Atlanta and he was ultimately raised there. The Army beckoned to him and Bruce answered that call, serving his country in his early twenties. The end of his service saw him back in Atlanta, where he attended Georgia State University; he ultimately received a BBA and an MBA and earned his CPA as well. During this time, he joined Clayton & Company, a CPA firm founded by Gerald Clayton. Bruce Paulk is now a partner at Clayton, Paulk & Associates. Bruce spent the past four decades serving individuals and businesses, helping them navigate through the financial uncertainties they face relating to taxes, business and personal planning. Bruce also works with several ministries and has, for the past ten years, served on the board of Directors for Childspring International, an organization which provides medical care and education for children overseas. Bruce and his wife, Judy, have two grown sons and are learning to be empty-nesters. You will find Bruce serving and connecting men where the marketplace and ministry intersect. [/two_third] [one_third_last][/one_third_last]
Gerald, founder of Clayton & Company in 1953 in Decatur that later became Clayton, Paulk & Associates, left this earth for a better place December 14, 2017. As a husband, father, grandfather and trusted CPA for nearly 65 years, he led a life for service above self. He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” that parachuting on D-Day behind enemy lines. He served as a charter member of Avondale Patillo UMC, member of the American Legion, Harold Byrd Post 66, Avondale Estates Financial officer and Board-at large, Chaplain and was named Legionnaire of the Year in 2014.
In addition to Gerald’s love of God, Country and Family, he always put the long-term well-being and success of clients first. Clients became friends, and they relied on Gerald to give them confidence to grow and thrive in ways that might have been too difficult.
We are grateful Gerald’s stewardship and think of him often. His insight, wisdom and Godly heart remain in our memories. We are truly thankful for his guidance in our community.[/two_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]