Dennis Clay


Dennis "Denny" Franklin Clay, 74, of Golconda, died Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Born on May 18, 1944 in Kennett, Missouri, Mr. Clay graduated in 1967 from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee with a degree in music education. He was a retired music teacher and junior high band director at Pope County Elementary School in Golconda after 34 years of service. He also spent his retirement years driving a bus for the local Rides Transit.

Mr. Clay was a deacon, song leader and choir director at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Metropolis.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Clay; his children, Rev. Thomas Clay and wife Marla of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Jennifer Denton and husband Joe of West Paducah and Dr. Michael Clay and wife Melanie of Pensacola, Florida; and nine grandchildren, Emily Clay Franks and husband Ethan, Aubrey Clay, Jesse Denton, Callie Clay, Carlie Clay, Chloe Clay, Collin Clay, Cole Clay and Emma Jane Clay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Louise Clay.

Funeral service was held Saturday at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. Mark Russell officiating.

Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Collin Clay, Jesse Denton, Joe Denton, Ethan Franks, Bruce McClellan and Sherman Shelby. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Cagle, Cole Clay, Billy Davis, William Lauderdale, Denny Lingle, Jimmy McAfee and Robert Potterbaum.

Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Assembly of God Church of Metropolis.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of arrangements.

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