Willie Lee Clay of Chicago died unexpectedly on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the age of 76 due to complications from an illness.
Willie was born in Indianola on April 29, 1943 to Rosie Mae Jones and Willie Clay. He attended Gentry High School and began his collegiate studies at Mississippi Valley State University. He went on to complete his undergraduate education and furthered his studies in Chicago in the field of Education and at the Police Academy. He proudly served as a policeman with the City of Chicago and taught Political Science in the Chicago public schools for over 20 years. In his early years he worked to promote civil rights throughout the Mississippi Delta. He was well known for his intellectual ability and his comedic skills. His vibrant personality, funny stories, and infectious laugh will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was unforgettable.
He was preceded in death by one sibling, James Clay of Indianola.
Willie is survived by his five children, James (Snezhana) Clay of Miami, Patricia Modley (Larry) Procter of Indianola, LaTonya Clay of Atlanta, Valerie Clay of Falls Church, Va., and Reginald (Nichola) Clay of Atlanta; two siblings, Aaron Jones of Los Angeles and Mattie Jones Lyons of Indianola; Aunt/Great Aunt, Estella Jarmon Maxwell of Los Angeles and Mary (Carl) Thompson of St. Louis; and six grandchildren, Annika Nichin, Brian Clay, Lauryn Reed, Rachel Clay, Ryan Clay and Sequoia Clay. He also left a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
To honor his life, a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Cedric Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola.