James Clay, of Little Rock , AR passed away peacefully with his son by his side on December 18, 2021. He was born in Wilmot, Arkansas to the late Jessie and Marie Clay. He is preceded in death by his first born daughter Tarra and brothers; Johnny, Jessie, and Arthur Clay.
In 1968, James graduated from Horace Mann High School in Little Rock where he was a member of the book club. He later served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. James was united in Holy Matrimony, and to that union four children were born. When James’s sister Marilyn Clay Williams passed away, he took on the responsibility of caring for her three children, Irece, Tennille, and Benjamin.
James has a special bond with his son Cody. When Cody was a child he would watch James work on cars, and he might even help a time or two. When Cody got older it was James that would watch him work on cars. They would go fishing together, along with James brother Odie, or they might just sit around, drink a few beers, and shoot the breeze for hours. Either way they enjoyed each other’s company.
James is survived by one son; James "Cody" (Stephanie) Clay II, three daughters; Christy ( Robert ) ZClay Austin, Stacy Nicole Clay, Tracy Licole Clay, all of Little Rock, AR, fifteen grandchildren; Bobby, Asia, Kameron, Marcus, Mykayla, Tykana, Shalayla, ( Braxton), Darion, Daquarius, Brea, Mondavi,Markel, Ana, Kristopher (Lynette) and Brittany; twelve greatchildrenl Amir, Emily, Aiko, Autumn, Karleigh, Robert, Italy, Krislyn, K'Lynn, Kris, Zayden, Isaac, and Isaiah; three brothers and one sister, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.