James Calvin Clay Jr

James Clay Jr

On a warm spring day, April 3, 1936 in Ganado, Texas James Calvin Clay, Jr., was born to James Calvin Clay, Sr. and Isabell Clay

James Jr. was a proud graduate of Edna High School where he excelled in baseball; after high school he enrolled at Prairie View A&M University (PV) where he continued to excel in baseball. While at PV he was drafted into the United States Army where valiantly served his County. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned home. In keeping with his first love baseball he played in the Professional Negro League. He received a significant injury during his career which also ended his career with the league. He devoted over three decades of diligent service to the United States Postal Service before his retirement. He was a basketball referee for many years with Texas High School Basketball Official Association.

James Jr. enjoyed fishing, watching football, basketball and his all-time favorite baseball. Being A GREAT DOMINO PLAYER, he loved to play dominoes. Win lose or draw he was a longtime dedicated fan of America’s favorite football team; the five-time NFL National Championship team the Dallas Cowboys!

James Jr. was a faithful member of the Family Worship Center in Bay City until his health began to decline. Although faced with health challenges his faith in God never wavered. He obtained his daily strength from the word of God and prayer. Being a strong, practical, reliable, unassuming father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, James Jr. was a stalwart of a man to his family. Although he will no longer dwell with us in body, his memories shall abide with us forever. Yes, we will miss him unspeakably, but his great legacy, like a shining beacon of light, will live on in the hearts of those he touched.

James Calvin Clay, Jr. received the call to come up a little higher on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  He is preceded in death by his parents, James Calvin Clay, Jr. and Isabell Tones; wife, Darlene Redus Clay; sister, Dorothy Clay; uncle, S.C. Clay and other love ones.

He leaves to celebrate his love and legacy, his caring and dedicated daughters, Vickie Clay Randle (Nathan) and Kathleen Clay Simmons (Dean); his children through marriage, Gail Gill (Kelvin), Tammy Martin (Melvin),  Jarvis Edison (Kim), Cyrus Edison (Melissa), and Samirra Doggett (James); a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Carol Ann Woodard (Skip), Boyd Clay (Linda) and Robert Lee Clay (Gloria); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be a public visitation held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10am with a chapel service to begin at 11am burial to follow at Houston National Cemetery.