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“Our condolences to the family of Arthur L. Clay and his many close friends. Although I have never met him, I understand we are related and am sure...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Michael H. Clay - TX

“Sending all condolences to the family. Here's to a long legacy! ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Michael S. Clay - Austin, TX

“Farwell Uncle Arthur. Rest in Peace. It was a long, long life and one full and well lived. Enjoyed visiting with you and will miss you. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Audrey Edwards - Normandy, MO

“Mr. Clay was an amazing man. My late mother loved to hear stories about him. Love and condolences to his grand daughter, my friend Jerre Burnett,...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Mary Donlon - San Ramon, CA


Arthur Lacy Clay began his life's journey on November 22, 1906 as the eighth of ten children born to Squire Lacy and Minnie Seay Clay. His early sojourn began in Union, MO, but he was educated in the St. Louis Public Schools. Arthur exhibited his love of family and his keen sense of responsibility when he ended his formal education to help support his family by taking his first job. Eventually, he became employed at General Motors as a forklift driver. He kept that job until he retired in 1971. As he continued along the course of his life, he met, and in 1926 married Helen Mae Petway, to whom he remained married for 53 years, until her death in 1979. Their son, Arthur Lacy Clay, Jr. carried them on the adventurous route of parenthood. As they ventured forth, their granddaughter, Jerre, was born to further enrich their lives. Jerre's son, Clay, their great-grandson was so named because Jerre was determined to keep her grandfather's Clay name alive. Taking a step drown the scenic route, Arthur explored the finer things of life. While doing so, he realized he had a fondness for memorizing poetry. As proof of this, he recited the poem, "Life's a Funny Proposition After All" from memory, at his 100 year old birthday party. Family members and friends alike cannot forget the beautiful cakes he decorated for the important occasions in their lives. He had a gift, and as was his fashion, he shared it with us. Being the opinionated, strong willed man that was Arthur, he maintained his own private residence until he turned 99 years old. Arthur transitioned in his sleep to his eternal home Saturday, February 25, 2012. Left to continue his legacy are: his loving granddaughter/daughter, caregiver, Jerre Burnett (Fred); granddaughter, Tracy Jones (Al); great-grandsons, Clay Burnett and Anthony Beckley; great-granddaughter, Ashalai Jones; niece and nephews, Mary (Liz) Lloyd, Irving (Bubble) Clay, William Clay (Carol), Delores Clay, Flora Everett (Willie), Barbara Peebles, Darryl Clay, Dorothy Robinson (Gene), Marvelle Burks, Bernadine Harris, Sylvia Burks, Rosiland Couillet; a very special "nephew" Leroy Wilson; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. This Online Memorial has been created to commemorate the life of Arthur Clay. You are invited to add a Tribute in his memory. Please click "Sign Guestbook" below to add your own memories, reflections, thoughts or condolences.

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