Lewis Michael “Yankee” Layton, of Michie, was born Feb. 8, 1957, in Absecon, New Jersey, the son of the late Lewis William and Louise M. Jannatte Layton. He was united in marriage to Cynthia Vestri on Jan. 24, 1981. They settled in Clearwater, Florida. He was an offshore oilfield consultant having worked on oil rigs his entire life.
Yankee departed this life on Monday, Dec. 5, while enjoying duck hunting at the age of 59 years, 9 months, 27 days.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Counce.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Layton of Michie; a daughter, Sherri Marie Layton of Ramer, Tennessee; two sons, Lewis William Layton III of Millington, Tennessee, and Michael James Layton of Clearwater, Florida; two grandchildren, Lewis W. Layton IV, Elizabeth “Ellie” Layton; a sister, Teresa Smuz of Seaville, New Jersey; his father-in-law, Salvatore Vestri of Clearwater, Florida; three brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Layton was preceded in death by his mother-in-law.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Counce with Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer in charge. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.