Mr. Michael “Joe” Joseph Clay, age 52, Jonesborough, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at Franklin Woods Community Hospital.
Mr. Clay was born in Washington County and son of the late Robert Lee & Ann Camille Woodruff Clay. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Ollie & Louise Woodruff and Henry & Nell Clay and several aunts and uncles.
He was of the Christian faith. He was well liked and loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed hiking, taking pictures of wildlife and nature and collected Wizard of Oz Memorabilia. He was also a Vols and NASCAR fan.
Mr. Clay worked for Perma R Products for 30 years.
Survivors include four sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna & Gerald Laws, Limestone, Debbie & Terry Denton, Denise Clay and Abby & Mark Chamber, all of Jonesborough; three brothers and sister-in-law, James “P-nut” Clay, Gray, Calvin & Cindy Clay, Johnson City and Steve Clay, Limestone; nieces and nephews, Wyndi Laws, Telford, Chris Clay (Kelly), Jonesborough, Wesley Laws (Lisa), Jonesborough, Aaron Clay, Johnson City, J.D. Clay, Gray, Mikayla Chambers, Jonesborough, Casey Baker (Samantha), Gray, and Miranda Broyles, Jonesborough; great-nieces & nephews, Ava Legursky, Hudson Legursky, Tia Laws, Braylen Baker, Ella Baker and Sonny Banjo Clay; special neighbors, Sarah & Christy; and several cousins, aunts and special friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 am Thursday, August 3, 2017 at New Victory Methodist Church Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cambron and Pastor Jeremy Dykes officiating.
Pallbearers will be brothers and nephews.
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|EULOGIES & CONDOLENCES|
|Joe, I still cannot believe you are gone;
Heaven gained a special angel& I know we should
be comforted that you're no longer in pain, but
we are still sad& heartbroken that you're no
longer on earth with us. No matter what, you
always saw the good in people& the humor in
every situation. One of the last times I spoke
with you after your first surgery you were
joking& laughing like it was no big deal.
That's just who you were& you will be dearly
missed. Love you always, "Uncle Joe"! Sonny
|Is I sit at home to night I think of the last 3 months I got to
spend with you. I wouldn't change that for anything even if you
sometimes it was time for me to go home. I had so much more
I wanted to say to you. I still can't believe your really gone
Imso numb and lost you took a pices of my heart when you
left! It will never be the same here on earth without you. I was
amazed how many people came to pay there respect to you. I
hope you only knew how much you were loved by so many
people. It was a honor to see grown men cry over you and tell
us in some way you had touched their life one way or another.
I miss you more than you'll ever know. I'll never understand
why! I love you and miss you ever minute of the day. Rest in
peace my little brother.....you'll never be forgotten |
|Joe it has been almost a week and I am still in shock I think, I
stood at your grave today and still can't believe you are gone.
My heart is broken as you were so much more than an uncle
to me, you will always be my brother and my best friend. I
know they say everything happens for a reason but I question
that at times like this as I don't understand why you had to
suffer with cancer and leave us so soon, we had so many
more good times left. I know I shouldn't but I feel angry that
you were taken so soon and that doctors were not completely
honest with you. Letting you go is going to be one of the
hardest things I have ever done in life and I am honestly not
sure how to even start that process yet, I would give anything
for another day with you just to tell you how much I love you
and how much you have meant to my life. It will never be the
same and you will never be forgotten buddy I can promise you
that. It was hard seeing you in so much pain the last few
weeks, especially the Thursday night I spent with you in the
hospital before you passed but I will never forget the things we
said that night and I will always be honored that I was able to
be with you, help you, and comfort you as much as I could.
Our trips to Clarks Creek will always be some of the best
memories of my life, I will take a trip to our waterfall soon with
Ole Girl and you will always be right there with me taking
pictures and making us laugh. Rest In Peace and I will see you
again someday, we will have so much to catch up on. I love
you dearly Joe, your nephew, brother, and best friend Chris...|
||Dawn aka Squidward, Punkinsquid
|I miss our nightly calls already. I
feel like I've got so much to tell
you. But I can still talk to you any
time I want to. Thank you for loving
me when I thought I wasn't loveable.
Thank you for being my best friend.
I'll never forget all the times me,
you & Chris went to Clarks Creek just
to clear our heads & hang out. I LOVE
YOU SO MUCH! I MISS YOU! My heart is
broken! Please watch over all of us &
guide us down the right paths. I Love
|Joe, As I sit here tonight with my heart still numen. From the shock that your really gone! I don't think this nightmare will ever end. I'm mad, Confused and I fell hate in my heart. Because the Doctors here gave you false hope! Who does that to someone with cancer? I know you would tell me they'll be no crying up in here! But that seems like all I do. When God took you home he took a piece of my heart with you. I hope you know how many peoples life you have touched just by being you! This world will never be the same without you here! I know my life want be. I just don't understand why you! But I know I should feel comfort in knowing your in heaven and one day I'll see you again. but right now I feel nothing. I want let you down I promise you I'll do what you ask me to do. I only wish to God you could have got what you wanted most of all in the end. Just know I love you, I miss you and I wish you were here just for a few more days that's all I ask. BUT I HAVE TO LET YOU GO FOR GOD CALLED YOU HOME! I love you Jew with what heart I have left. The chain has been broken and it cant be fixed. Sleep with the angels now with no more pain. I love you your baby sister Abby <3|
||Donna Hall Cox and Robert Cox and family
|I'm so sorry to hear this, prayers for the family.
I only new Peanut, Donna and Debbie. God bless you
through this time.|
||Tonya Ball Riddle
|So sorry for your loss.Remembering each
one of you in my prayers.May God Bless all
||Sarah and christy
|We will always remember all the good times we have together,
the funny Joe the kindhearted Joe the loving Joe always there
for us anytime we needed him. Always calling to check if we
needed anything. If he thought anybody needed something
Joe would be. The first to offer help. Christy says Joe will still
be here with her this year when tenn. Vols plays their games
and especially when they beat Alabama LOL. We will miss you
JOE but we wil always have you in our hearts.Heaven gained
a special angel the Night you got there Tell everyone in
HEAVEN we love them. We will love you forever.|
|Joe, I just wish you could somehow know how many people
came by to pay their respects and to honor your life tonight.
You had such a loving and caring soul and you touched more
lives than you could imagine. I know I have to let you go but it
is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. I
would like to just have one more conversation with you so I
could let you know how much you mean to me.I wish there
was more that I could have done for you. You are our baby
brother and life will never be the same without you,but I take
comfort in knowing that you are with the angels in heaven and
there is no more pain. I love you and wish I could thank you for
taking care of me and always looking out for me.May you rest
in peace,I will see you again someday,You will always be in my
heart and I will love you forever.
||Sarah and christy
|Well just can't believe that this is really happening,we will
never forget you. You were the most loving,kind,sweetest,and
so nice to anyone who needed you,never turned anyone down
that needed help. Christy says she will miss watching VOLS
GAMES with you but she knows you will still be with her right
by her side at every game helping cheer them to win, also you
and her have your special handshake. JOE me and mom will
never forget you. We will miss your funny jokes and loving
HEART we wil. Still wave across the street every day as we
will always keep you in our hearts and mind. We are praying
that GOD give the rest of the family peace, love and comfort
as they go thru this sad time...WE LOVE YOU ALL VERY
|Payers to family. Sorry for your loss.|
||Bill and Gail Rambo
|So sorry to hear about Joe. Its for sure he had
the kindest mom ever. Also Easy and Ollie will
always be remembered as my special aunt and
||Todd and Linda Walters
|We were so very sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. Please know we are praying for you all and are thinking of you as well. |
|Dear Precious Abby,
My heart hurts for you. I am so sorry and I pray God will provide you and your family with the strength needed to complete this difficult journey.. May your sadness be filled with pleasant memories of your brother until you meet again on those streets of gold.
Love your friend,
|To my dear friend Denise and her family. I
wanted to share this poem with you all.
God saw Joe was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be;
So He put His arms around Joe,
And whispered, "come with me,"
With tearful eyes we watched him
Suffer, and saw Joe fade away;
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest;
God broke your hearts to prove to you,
He only takes the BEST!!!
I pray this poem adds some comfort to your
|Joe was a special person who will be missed. It
is a comfort to know that Joe has entered Heaven
and is no longer in any pain. Joe was a true
pleasure to work with, but more importantly, he
was my friend. Rocky Top is sad today, but Heaven
is rejoicing over Joe's arrival. |
|so sorry for your loss!!! joe was a great guy&
friend, he will be missed!! prayers for the clay
family!!!! love to you all!!!!|
|Abby,Chris and Mark,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your families are in our prayers. Joe will definitely be missed. Please let us know if you need anything.
Andra and Keith Kyker|
|Sorry for ur loss spending prayers |
|Sorry Abby and Mark and Family Enjoyed Having Joe For a Friend and times we spent together he will be missed sorry again for your lost|
|I will miss this man from the bottom of my heart. Joe is the man
who introduced me to my husband of close to 17 yrs. I just heard
of his passing and I cannot help but be devastated. Besides him
helping me introducing to my husband, Joe was Such a great
friend. Me and Gary will miss him so much. Joe, thank you so
much for bringing me and Gary together. I will never forget the
Firat time that i met you. I was working at the Roadrunner across
from David Crockett High School and you came in and picked up
a banana and acted like it was a phone. I thought you was the
funniest person ever! I am so sorry that your life was cut way too
short. Me and Gary will ALWAYS love you and Joe, you will
absolutely NEVER be forgotten. Ever! We miss you already |
|Sending Prayers and Love in your time of this Loss !! So ,
Sorry !! MAY GOD HEAL AND BLESS THIS FAMILY !! |
|So sorry for your loss. I thought a lot of Joe
praying for the family in the days ahead that he
will give you peace and strength . Knowing one day
you will see him again.
|Prayers for the Clay family. RIP ole buddy!|
||Dawn aka Squidward, Punkinsquid
|Joe......I Love you & miss you
already. Chris, our 3rd Musketeer is
|So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.|