Much too soon a young unsung hero was taken from us tragically on July 13, 2012, and will be forever missed by his family and friends. Clayton Rhodes Burroughs, a business management student at Ave Maria University, was born on May 16, 1990 in Jacksonville, Florida. He lived in Ponte Vedre, Florida until his family moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1995. He graduated high school from Glen Ridge High School where he was a tight end and long snapper on the school's football team. In 2008 Marco Island became his home. Clay's charisma drew people to him wherever he went and he made an impact on everyone he met. He mentored young people as a camp counselor at the Marco YMCA. As a student at Ave Maria, he continued his love of football playing linebacker for the team. He loved dancing and could often be found at DaVinci's on a Friday or Saturday night on the dance floor surrounded by people. Clay never said no to any request for help and always gave 110% of himself. He is remembered as funny, witty and a big teddy bear who always seemed to know when someone needed one of his big hugs. His friends loved him and he was adored by all of his family, which included his mother, Paige Rhodes, his father, Clark Burroughs, his brother, Connor Burroughs, his maternal grandfather, Donald "Dusty" Rhodes, his maternal grandmother, Nancy Rhodes, his paternal grandfather, John D. Burroughs, his paternal grandmother, Arlene Burroughs, his uncle, Donny Rhodes (Stacey), his aunt, Cameron Tucker (Jamey), his great-uncle, David Crook (Vanda), his great-aunt Sue Ferdinand, his great-aunt, Molly Tonaro (Ed), his great-aunt, Carol Rhodes and his cousins, Lauren Steed, Delaney Tucker, Trey Tucker, Maddie Rhodes and Allie Rhodes. Services will be held on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, Florida. Arrangements are with Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship fund in Clay's name to benefit the football program at Glen Ridge High School.