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OBIT: Mrs. Carolyn Clay, Age 82, Of Defeated Creek


Mrs. Carolyn Clay

Defeated Creek Community homemaker Mrs. Carolyn Clay died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon April 28, 2018 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center where she was admitted April 26th following a period of declining health. She was 82.

Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey and Bro. Mark Stinnett officiated at the Tuesday afternoon May 1st funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.

Following the 1 p.m. services burial was beside her husband in the Garden of the Cross at Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

The daughter of the late Jim Campbell Harrison and Annie Glenn Plumlee Harrison, she was one of five children and was born Carolyn Ramona Harrison in Lebanon on March 22, 1936.

She was reared in the Flatrock Community and “Flatrock” was the nickname given her by her husband and as she was lovingly referred to and known by her friends in the Defeated Creek Community.

Three siblings preceded her in death, Basil Arnold Skelton, Reba Tribble and Polly Schupback.

Mrs. Clay and her future husband were both 1954 graduates of Smith County High School.

She was united in marriage in Corinth, Mississippi to Difficult Community native Billy Joe Clay who preceded her in death on March 12, 2013 at the age of 76. The December 23, 1955 ceremony was performed by Judge Lyle Taylor.

Mrs. Clay was a member of the Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church in the Difficult Community.

Surviving are her four children, George Clay and wife Teresa Martin Clay of the Defeated Creek Community, Ramona Clay Wilmore and husband Scotty of the Pleasant Shade Community, Jackie Clay Smith and husband Robert Lee of the Hickman Community, Belinda Clay Wilks of Madison; sister, Veva Harrison Holleman and husband Billy of Lebanon; seven grandchildren, Amanda Mullinax and husband Kevin, Tyler Robinson and wife Kim, Cara Fleenor, Hillary Miller and husband Dusty, Nicole Clay and Austin Clay, Taylor Clay; six great-grandchildren, Chloe Fleenor, Rome and Livy Robinson, Lyla Jayne Miller, Kaden and Karson Mullinax.

The Clay family requests memorials to the Defeated Creek Fire Department.