Claybourne Claude Spencer

February 18, 1922February 8, 2020

Claybourne “Clay” Spencer, age 97, peacefully passed at his Ocala home on February 8, 2020. Clay is preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Jean. He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Skovronsky and Janice Spencer, grandchildren, Margot Pape Rodgers (Ocala), Alex Skovronsky (Apalachicola), Jay Daniel, and Jon Daniel (Ocala), and great grandchildren, Riley and Rowyn Daniel (Ocala).

Clay was born on February 18, 1922 in Wendell, North Carolina. In school, he was the captain of the basketball team and a dedicated scholar. Clay served in the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 before he and wife, Betty moved to Florida to attend University of Miami. Clay obtained his law degree and practiced in Miami for the entirety of his successful career. Over the years his hobbies included hunting and fishing. Upon retirement, Clay enjoyed playing golf daily with his dedicated tee-timers at Miami Shores Country Club. In the early 1990s, Clay and his wife moved to Ocala to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. Clay was well-loved and will be missed by his family, neighbors, and long-time friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:30pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 5740 South Pine, Ocala, FL. The service will be held graveside at the Mausoleum. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Marion County, Inc. P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478


  • Committal at Mausoleum Sunday, February 16, 2020


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Jim Ramey

February 14, 2020

I knew Mr. Spencer when I was about 15. So that was over 50 years ago. Janis was my friend. To this day, I made sure my telephone extension at work is 225. This is because Mr. Spencer drove a Buick 225. He taught me to take pride in my possessions and hard work. Thank you for living a full life, and giving me something to respect.