|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1908|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1996|
Granny was born in Tarrant County in 1908 to George Pendergraph and Mary Maudie Wyatt Rawlins. When she was sixteen, she married Benjamin Franklin Clay, and they settled in Fort Worth. Their first child, a son, died at birth on 13 May 1925. In 1927, they had their second child, Helen Jean, who was followed by Margalee Faye in 1929, William Ray in 1932 and Johnny Ralph in 1934. Ben died suddenly in February 1965 of a heart attack. He had suffered with heart disease for several years.
Granny was a very loving woman who enjoyed taking care of her family and cooking meals for them. She loved, loved, loved to make fried chicken. Though she always had silver hair when I knew her, she seemed ageless. When I was in the second grade, I went to my mother and asked her if she would teach my class when my teacher died. When she asked what was wrong with my teacher, I replied, "She's just really OLD." The teacher had told us she was 38. It never occurred to me that my great-grandmother - with whom I stayed after school - was old, though she was 71 at the time.
Around that time, I started seeing Hubert Brown at her house in Burleson, Texas, every afternoon. He was always trying to sneak kisses - he didn't want me to see him smooching on my great-grandmother. Finally, I said, "You know, you're not supposed to kiss her unless you're married." Mr. Brown sort of smiled and said, "Well, Josie, your great-granddaughter says we have to get married, so I guess we have to." It was a while before they did, but they eventually did get married. Many family members said they were crazy to get married at their ages, but I always thought they were adorable together. He would get distracted, and she was used to taking care of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, so she would always look out for him. It was a short marriage due to his unfortunate death, but they were very happy while they were together.
Granny was a very religious woman who was very active in the Pentecostal church. She was easy to talk to about religion, though. When I told her I didn't share her beliefs, she said, "Well, I won't try to talk you into it if you don't try to talk me out of it." When she died in 1996, the entire congregation showed up to pay their respects, to the point some people had to stand outside the chapel.
Benjamin Franklin Clay (1891 - 1965)*
Baby Boy Clay (1925 - 1925)*
Helen Jean Clay Nelson (1927 - 2006)*
William Ray Clay (1931 - 1979)*
Johnny Ralph Clay (1934 - 2009)*
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
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Originally Created by: Paula and Mom
Record added: Nov 10, 2009
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