Minister Earnest C. Clay

Funeral services for Minister Earnest C. Clay will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at noon at Living Word Church of God In Christ, 1005 Dunbar St., Waco.

Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mexia, with eulogist Supt. Gilbert Gil­lum, Living Word Church of God in Christ, Waco.

Minister Earnest Clay was born Aug. 25, 1954. He was the eighth child born to Willie and Annie Clay. He attended Booker T. Washington in Marlin, and later served in the U.S. Army.

He was baptized at the Church of the Living God in Marlin,. On Aug. 25, 1953, in Marlin, W.C. and Annie B. Clay were given a very special blessing. I am sure that even they did not realize the magnitude of such a blessing. The Lord had given them a son who would grow up to make his own unique imprint on the sidewalk of life.

Considering all the adjectives one could use to describe Minister Earnest C. Clay, “traditional” he was not. He was scholarly and knowledgable of the holy Bible but he also had the common touch. He loved God, church, his forever love family, community and all people. He made lasting imprints upon other church denominations and relations where he preached and taught. Perhaps the most important and powerful imprint of all was the imprint he placed upon the heart of his life partner.

His strong convictions, strength, cour­age, electrifying smile, love and devoted spirit are just a few of the qualities that made his imprints on life so special.

He met his partner in life, Shirley A. Majors, and they married March 29, 1985. Earnest was the proud father to daughter Monica Clay and step-children Chris, Jessica and Nicole and six grandchildren.

Earnest accepted his calling to the ministry in 2000. He started ministering at Haynes Memorial Church of God in Christ. At Haynes Memorial he served as the superintendent over the Sunday school and taught YPWW.

He later completed his elder training at T.D. Iglehart Institute of Training in 2011. Minister Clay was a member of Living Word Church of God in Christ. At Living Word he taught YPWW and enjoyed participating in the Brotherhood ministry.

Earnest was employed at the Mexia State School, Southern Traditions and currently Centex. Most of all he enjoyed his carpentry work until God called him home on Dec. 25, 2013.

Minister Earnest C. Clay is preceded in death by his father Willie Clay, mother Annie Clay, brother Troy Clay, sister LaVera Clay-Cole , and brother Willie Clay. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Shirley Clay, children Monica Clay, Chris (Chanda) Majors, Jessica (Chris) Connor, Nicole (Leaveil) Skinner, six grandchildren, sisters Estella Dallas, Janella (Menual) Lang, Evenly James, Annie May (Carl) Zephyr, Claressa (Curtis) Tisdale, Joy Hall, Lois (Roy) Rolland, Cowanda Manigo, brothers Larry (Vicki) Clay, James (Willie Ruth) Clay, Shelby (Sharon) Clay, a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pearly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of the professional services for the Minister Earnest Clay family.