Clarence Henry Clay Jr.

December 24, 1924October 21, 2011

Macon, GA Clarence Henry Clay, Jr. 86, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will be private in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Dr. John Beck and Rev. Derek McAleer officiating. The family will greet friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 4600 Mercer University Drive, Macon GA 31210.

Mr. Clay was a native of Macon, Georgia and a veteran of three years service with the United States Air Force during World War II serving in the Pacific. Clarence Henry Clay, Jr. was engaged in the practice of law since 1949 and gave much of his time to public service as legislator and solicitor of the state court. Mr. Clay was prominently identified with the fraternal and religious life of Macon.

He was born in Macon on December 24, 1924, the son of Clarence Henry Clay, Sr. and Mamie Frances (Tucker) Clay. He received his elementary and secondary level of education in the public schools of Macon, graduating from Lanier High school. After graduating from University of Georgia, he earned his bachelor of Law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1949. Between graduation from high school and entering college, Mr. Clay served in the Air Force.

Mr. Clay began the private practice of law in Macon. His was a general practice and attracted clients who had known him for many years from the outset. But he had a great bent for public service. Mr. Clay was elected to the State Legislature for the 1951-52 term. Immediately after completing his legislative duties, he was named assistant solicitor for the State Court of Bibb County and served in the capacity during 1952- 1954. He returned to private practice for two years and in 1956 was named candidate for and elected to the post of solicitor for the State Court, where he served for over 40 years. In addition he was a partner in the Riverside Clinic Hospital.

His Civic club was the Lions. Mr. Clay was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, where he was number one for three years and served as province commander of the Kappa Alpha Order of Georgia and Alabama. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the board and served as a Sunday school teacher. He was a also a member of the Sons of the Confederacy and Idle Hour Country Club.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Kingery Clay of Macon, two sons, Clarence Henry Clay, III of Macon and David Kingery Clay of Atlanta, one grandson, Dr. Clarence Henry Clay IV (Jennifer) of Tampa, FL, and his brother, Dr. Henry Tucker Clay (Cater) of Macon, two nieces: Cater Clay Thompson (B) and Frances Louise Clay both of Macon, nephew: Dr. Henry Tucker Clay, Jr. (Bessie) of Lansing, NC.

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Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 23, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 24, 2011

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Bob Haberkamp

November 7, 2011

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Clarence. He was one of the finest people I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers to Joyce and the family.

October 31, 2011

I grew up at Ebenezer Methodist Church and remember Clarence as a little girl growing up. My mother and daddy(Mr. & Mrs. L.W. Abel) were very active at the church. I used to sit w/Mr. Clay (Clarence's daddy) in church every Sunday and still have a little ceramic kitty cat that Mr. Clay gave me. Daddy went to Dr. Henry Clay. My daddy thought so much of the Clays. Carole Newberry.

October 27, 2011

Dear Joyce,Clarence,and David,
So sorry to learn of Clarence's passing.He touched the lives of many. I passed this information on to Clark Ballard who lives in NC. Clark and Clarence were really good friends.
Larry Brown; Kappa Chapter

Lee Jackson

October 26, 2011

Clarence was a great man who had a positive impact on the lives of many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

October 24, 2011

David and family so sorry about Clarence just saw this today. Such a special person to everyone in the Dean family he will truely be missed. Jon and Jill

Jim Turner I I I

October 24, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Jim Turner I I I

Nita (Murphy) Smith

October 24, 2011

Yall are in my thoughts and prayers especially at this difficult time!!

Jay Williams

October 24, 2011

My thoughts and best wishes are with the family as you recover from this great loss. Celebrating a life well lived. Mr. Clay certainly gave meaning to that statement.

Sara Forehand

October 24, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Philip Cho

October 24, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the Clay family on this sad occasion. Mr. Clay was a legendary figure and touched the lives of many members of Kappa Chapter at Mercer University. He will be greatly missed.