Charles Leon Clay

  • Born: October 30, 1939
  • Died: January 21, 2013
  • Location: Joy, Arkansas

Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

2616 South Main
Searcy, AR 72143
Tel. (501) 279-9300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Leon Clay, 73 passed away January 21, 2013 at his residence. He was born October 30, 1939 in Joy, Arkansas to the late Ervin H. Clay and Opal Holden Clay.

Mr. Clay was a member of the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church for 60 years. He also served at the Joy Mountain Fire Department for 25 years. He took pleasure in bowling and was a long time member of the Searcy Bowling League. He was a cattle farmer for many years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will truly be missed by all those who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Clay of the home; two sons, Michael Clay (Donna) of Joy, Arkansas, and Ronnie Clay of Indonesia; one daughter, Donna Martinez (Richard) of Jacksonville, Arkansas; and one sister, Barbara Hill (Don) of Jacksonville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Lance, Ashley, Frank, and April; two great grandchildren, Cody and Kristin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne and James Clay.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, January 23rd from 6-8 PM at the Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24th at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Joy, Ark. under the direction of Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home with burial following at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My deepest sympathany goes to the Clay family as they laid to rest one of the greatest guys I had the pleasure of meeting. Leon will always have a special place in my heart and I will always remember the talks we had and the great times we shared bowling. Leon I know one day we will meet again.........

Posted by Theresa Burnett Jordan - friend and relative   January 30, 2013

Shirley and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Posted by Dianna Walls English - Judsonia, AR   January 27, 2013

My condolences to the Clay family. Leon was a good guy.

Posted by Travis Holden - Rose Bud, AR - Relative   January 24, 2013

Leon was a wonderful man. I'm sorry for the Clay family's loss.

Posted by Leslie Holden - ROSE BUD, AR   January 24, 2013

My deepest regrets to the Clay family. Leon was a great man. I have the utmost respect for him and am thankful he touched my life. The world was a better place with him in it. May he reat in peace.

Posted by Gary Goodwin - NLR, AR - Friend   January 24, 2013

I remember being welcomed in the Clay's home & learning to water ski during an outing with the clay family one summer many years ago. Such a wonderfull family & such a huge loss. My thoughts are with you. May your wonderfull memories of Mr. Clay help you through such a painfull time.

Posted by Tawana Fox - Mayflower, AR - Family Friend   January 24, 2013

My thoughts are with all of the Clay family. I hated to hear that Mr. Clay had passed away. He will truly be missed by all that knew & loved him. Although it's been many years since I have seen him or Ms. Shirley. I still feel very blesed to have had the oppertunity to get to know them. He was truly a wonderfull man.

Posted by Tawana Fox    January 24, 2013

Troy and I were both so sorry to read of Leon's passing in todays paper. I don't know how many times Troy has said Leon and I need to go see Bill while we are all still here. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this sad time.

Posted by Troy and Caroline Biggs - Austin, AR - friends co-worker(Safeway)   January 23, 2013

Leon will truly be missed by my family. He was one of the first people that we met when we moved to Joy. He welcomed us with open arms and became not only a neighbor but a friend to the entire family. Anyone that knew Leon Clay for any length of time is a better person, if they follow the example he set in the way he lived his life. He had a kind, caring, and compassionate soul that will be missed but remembered forever.

Posted by Robin Wilson - Searcy, AR - Neighbor   January 23, 2013

Shirley, We will miss Leon so, very much. I always wanted to have that "yard sit time." I am sad that we didn't make it happen. He was always so good to let us know things. We hurt for you so much. We sent our condolences to you, Michael and Ronnie. We are so sorry for your loss. It is a great one.
Fondly, Jill and Tom

Posted by Tom and Jill Holaday - Searcy, AR - Neighbors   January 23, 2013


I was so saddened by the news of Leon passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I so loved Leon and Shirley.

Posted by Roberta Mosley - Friend   January 23, 2013

Shirley and family (particularly Ronnie), My heart goes out to you. It isn't every day we lose someone as unique and special as Leon Clay!! The mere name makes me smile and laugh!! When I found this passage, who else could I think of other than Leon?!?!! Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. - Psalms 116:15

Dear Dear Leon,
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.

Posted by Paula Sparr - Sherwood, AR - friend   January 23, 2013

I really enjoyed working with Leon while on the fire dept. He will be missed. Praying for your family.

Posted by Shellie Brown - Searcy, AR   January 23, 2013

Leon was one of my best friends in school. I don't recall him ever getting into serious trouble, but he had a lot of fun and was fun to be with. I will continue to remember him as an energetic, fun loving guy who always did the right thing.

Posted by Richard Rodgers - Romance, AR - Friend & Schoolmate   January 23, 2013

Shirley, So sorry to hear, wish we could be there, please know our thoughts and prayers our with you. Sharon Rose and Brent Brown

Posted by sharon clay brown - saint augustine, FL - family   January 23, 2013


Miss.Shirley, I am sorry to hear of your loss, he was such a joy to be around and always had a smile on his face. I know we will all be with him again. Love you very much, and prayers for you and you're family.

Debbie and Ashley Ross

Posted by debra ross - friend   January 23, 2013


My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I know we will all be with Leon again one day!
I Love You
Newton Wright

Posted by Newton Wright - Life Long Friend   January 22, 2013

Shirley Ron and I are praying for you and your family. Leon was such a great man and will be missed by many. We just have to look at it that God needed an angel and he only takes the best. One day we will all be with Leon again until then i pray that God will comfort you and the family. We love you guys.

Ron and Faye Tucker Clarksville Arkansas

Posted by Georgia Beal Tucker - clarksville, AR - freind   January 22, 2013