TN Businessmen Joe & Jim Clayton ID’d As Victims In Monday Night Knoxville Fatal Helicopter Crash

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KNOX COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Joe and Jim Clayton, of Knoxville, Tennessee, founders of Clayton Auto and Clayton Homes, were identified as victims in a Monday night helicopter crash in Knox County on Monday.

Joe, 84, was killed in the crash that injured 86-year-old Jim, after the helicopter went down in the Tennessee River on Monday.


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According to reports, the Claytons, John McBride and Flynt Griffin, were aboard a helicopter when it crashed in Knoxville Monday around 8 p.m.

“I am devastated and completely heartbroken by the loss of my wonderful brother, Joe,” Jim Clayton said. “Joe and I were as close as two brothers can be, and, as only siblings, we have supported each other since growing up together on a farm in West Tennessee and as business partners for decades. My thoughts and concerns are totally for Joe’s family right now.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Geo quick facts: Knox County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 432,226, making it the third-most populous county in Tennessee. It ranks as the 153rd-most populous county or county-equivalent in the nation – Wikipedia.

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