HARRY CLAY, SR.
Harry Frank Clay, Sr. age 71, of LaBelle, Missouri, died Friday, April 11, 2008 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
He was born in LaBelle, Missouri on September 14, 1936, the son of Robert R. and Cora Ann Manley Clay. On May 17, 1985 he was united in marriage to Dianne Kay Clay.
Surviving are his wife Dianne Kay Clay of LaBelle, MO, his mother Cora Ann Clay of LaBelle, three sons, Harry Frank Clay, Jr. and his special friend Sara Russell of Canton, MO, DeShawn Clay and wife Heather of Canton, Wesley Clay and special friend Stephanie Delarosa of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, six daughters, Mary Ann Marie Clay of Canton, Beverly Sue Tate and husband Gary of Canton, Deborah Francis Clay and fiancé Leslie Woods of Hannibal, MO, Ruby Arlene Gay and husband Gregory of Quincy, Illinois, Melva Jean Clay and special friend Ike Barkley of Canton, MO, Rachel Dawn Raymond and husband Michael Sr. of Quincy, IL, three brothers and one sister, Robert S. Clay and wife Zonia, Roy William Clay and wife Ella both of LaBelle, MO, Arthur D. Clay and wife Susan and Louella Clay Johnson and husband John, both of Quincy, IL, one uncle Granville Clay and wife Francis of Quincy, IL, three aunts, Irene McGruder, Veta Stewart and Ruby Clay, thirty-four grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren also surviving are a special friend Paul M. Ross and his two dogs Ting and Coco.
He was preceded in death by his father, one grandson and one granddaughter in infancy, one grandson Wesley William Clay Jr. and one great-grandson- Marious Jamal Raymond.
Mr. Clay received his education at the Douglas School in Hannibal, Missouri and the Lincoln School in LaBelle, MO. He served in the United States Navy and was formerly employed by M.F.A. seed division, Haldeman Seed, Ross Egg and Poultry all of LaBelle, MO; Master Tank, Trinity Manufacturing and Thompson Truck Line all of Quincy, IL. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, motorcycles, going to St. Louis Cardinal ballgames, playing with his grandchildren, and getting together with family and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Coder Funeral Home in LaBelle, MO, with the Reverend James Salter as officiate.
Burial was with full Military Honors in the LaBelle Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Harry Frank Clay, Sr. may be made to the Harry Frank Clay, Sr. memorial fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Coder Funeral Chapel, PO Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.