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James Clay

March 23, 1931 — September 30, 2017

James Clay

James A Clay, Sr, 86, passed away September 30, 2017. James was a life long resident of Des Moines. IA. He was born March 23, 1931 to Thomas Newton Clay and Helen Josephine (Cross) Clay. He was educated in the Des Moines Public School system before his enlistment in the United States Army.

After discharge from the service, James found employment at Wilson Meat Packing Co. He later worked for BMS Maintenance and Fail Trim Supply. When he wasn't working he liked watching the Minnesota Vikings or the Chicago Cubs play. He also enjoyed his Saturday afternoon bottle bonding sessions with his sons. He was most content watching the grandchildren and great grandchildren play at family gatherings. 

James was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Clay; his son, Delbert L Clay; grandson, Yohnce DeWayne Clay; parents, Thomas and Helen Clay; his siblings, Robert Fowler, Malcolm Guinn, Thomas N. Clay, Bernard Clay, Rose Ann Edmonds, Darlene Woods; and step sister, Shirley Guinn-Cotton.

Surviving James are his children, Debra Pinson of Wichita, KS; Margo Clay of Des Moines, IA; James A Clay, Jr. and Gilbert L. (Mary Jo) Clay both of Waterloo, IA; his sister, Donna Heard of Des Moines, IA and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, October 5, 2017

10:00am - 6:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Friday, October 6, 2017

Starts at 11:00am

Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home

3500 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

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Graveside Service

Monday, October 9, 2017

Starts at 12:30pm

Greater Love Church of God in Christ

1440 De Wolf St, Des Moines, IA 50316

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