|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1924|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 2012|
Clifford Clyde Clay passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Mr Clay's funeral service will be at 2pm Friday in Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home Chapel in Lindale, Texas. The Reverend Paul Porter to officiate.
Interment will follow in Mount Sylvan Cemetery.
Visitation will start at noon to service time Friday at Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home.
Clifford C. Clay was born Septemer 11, 1924 in Quinlan, Hunt County, Texas.
In his early years he moved to West Texas where he attended a one-room schoolhouse and later moved to Alvord in junior high. He graduated from Alvord in 1942.
Clifford married Edna Nell Fox on February 6, 1943.
In 1944 he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger during World War II. After the war he spent a short time working in the oil patch before attending Decatur Baptist College, where he also played football. Later, Clifford attended North Texas University and graduated in 1952. He then began his education and coaching career at Olney, where he was the line coach. Coach Clay left Olney in 1955 to become the head football coach of the Springtown Porcupines. In 1960 he left Springtown to become the high school principal at Mansfield High School while continuing to work on his master's degree which he received from North Texas State University in 1962.
In Mansfield, Coach Clay also formed the Mansfield Boxing Club. After four years Clifford moved to Ganado as the high school principal. Clifford moved back to Fort Worth in 1967 to become the principal at Azle High School. At Azle, Coach Clay also formed the Azle Boxing Club and had many fighters box in the Golden Gloves.
In 1975 he joined the Texas Education Agency as a consultant where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
Clifford was a 50-plus-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and taught many Sunday school classes through the years.
Survivors: Clifford Clay is survived by his wife Edna of 69 years; daughter, Linda Kay Clay Ullman; son, Clifford C. Clay Jr. and his wife, Darlis Clay; grandchildren, Clay Ullman and his wife, Rhonda, Mary Lynn Kendrick, Lisa Batts and Courtney Kuy Kendall; great-grandchildren, Kohl Ullman, Lacy Ullman, Austin Thompson, Kyle Kendrick, Airman Chase Kendrick and his wife, Cady, Madison Batts, Parker and Pearson Kuykendall; great-great-grandchildren, Kylin Kendrick and Cody Kendrick.
Published in Star-Telegram on September 20, 2012
Mount Sylvan Cemetery
Maintained by: Kay Ullman
Originally Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Sep 20, 2012
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