Alabama Academy of Honor


Charles Trueheart Clayton

The following biographical sketch was created at the time of induction in 1981.



Charles Trueheart Clayton, a native of Birmingham, was born January 10, 1911, the son of William Williams and Titelle Trueheart Clayton. He is a great-grandson of Major General Henry DeLamar Clayton, C. S. A. He attended the University of Arizona and in 1929 entered the insurance business as an agent with Liberty National Life Insurance Company. In 1955 he was elected to the Board of Directors and assumed responsibility for all agency operations of the company. Under his leadership the agency force more than tripled, assets more than quadrupled, and life insurance in force increased by more than five-fold. He became president in 1973 and chairman of the executive committee upon his retirement in 1976.

Mr. Clayton has served as an officer in the National Association of Life Underwriters, the General Agents and Managers Conference, the Life Insurance Agency Management Association, and the Life Underwriting Training Council. In addition, he has been a director of the Baptist Hospital Foundations of Birmingham, the Jefferson Federal Savings and Loan Association, the Birmingham Trade Mart Authority, the Associated Industries of Alabama, and the State National Bank of North Alabama.

Beginning scouting in 1922, he became an Eagle Scout at the age of thirteen. He has served the Birmingham, regional, and national organization and has received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, and Distinguished Eagle Scout awards. he was president of the Crippled Children's Foundation; a director of the Kidney Foundation of Alabama, and a member of the board of Operation New Birmingham and the Edward Lee Norton Center of Business at Birmingham-Southern College.

He is a member of the board of St. Martin's-in-the Pines retirement home and a vestryman in the Church of the Advent.

On March 24, 1932, he married Elizabeth Hudson of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and they have three children: Leila Clayton Bromberg, Trueheart Clayton Carl, and Charles Trueheart Clayton, Jr.