Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO and after 9:00 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO
Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair, MO
Memorials / Donations:
Franklin Baptist Association
Reverend Chauncey Elmer Clay of Union, MO, formerly of Robertsville, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on January 12, 2017, having reached the age of ninety-one years, three months and twenty-eight days. Chauncey was born in Union, MO, on September 15, 1925, son of Harrison Clay and Grace Clay nee Inge. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have four daughters. On August 5, 1977, he was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Joan Hulsey nee Arnold, known to all as Willie, and their families were joined as one.
Chauncey is survived by his wife, Willie Clay of Union, MO; by his daughters, Evangeline Brooks and husband, Carl, of Villa Ridge, MO, Allean Hale and husband, Artha, of Robertsville, MO, Sonja Harris and husband, Howard, of Lake St. Louis, MO, Netley Clay-Logan of Robertsville and Curtrena Turner, known to all as Marlean, and husband, Darryl, of St. Charles, MO; by one brother, Cecil Clay of St. Louis, MO; by one sister, Delores Hulsey and husband, Marvin, of Robertsville; by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Clay of St. Louis; by seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Chauncey was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Grace Clay; by one brother, Levell Clay, and by one sister, Elivie Hinkle.
Chauncey was a devout Christian and had studied theology at Missouri Baptist College in St. Louis, MO. He was currently a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Moselle, MO, where he had served as Pastor for several years. Chauncey was well known and well loved, having been pastor of many churches in the surrounding area, as well as in Illinois. After he retired, he continued to fill in as needed. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during World War II, having entered received a Purple Heart Medal during his enlistment. As a young man, Chauncey had worked for Harold Williams in Lonedell, MO, running and working on equipment. He then started his own excavating company, known as Clay Excavating. For more than thirty years he worked throughout the Franklin County area and has probably built more ponds and lakes than any other one man. Chauncey loved his work and it showed in the quality of his many excavation projects. Chauncey was very civic minded and served the community as a Past Board Member of Lonedell R-14 School District and a volunteer greeter at Wal-Mart in Union, MO. He was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed many hobbies and interests. He loved hunting, fishing, frying the fish for family, working, raising cattle, and visiting with people. Chauncey never tired of sharing the Lord's word and serving the Lord to the best of his ability. What meant most to him was time spent with family. The love they shared and many memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO, with Rev. Glenn Hammond officiating, assisted by Rev. James Plymale. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Franklin Baptist Association in Union, MO. The family of Rev. Chauncey Elmer Clay entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.