Earnest Tucker Clay

November 03, 1929 - September 19, 2020

Obituary for Earnest Tucker Clay

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for the funeral service of Mr. Earnest T. Clay:

Private Service for Family and Invited Guest Only due to Covid 19
Saturday, September 26, 2020
1:00 pm
Wells Chapel
811 Woods Street
Wichita Falls, TX

Friday, September 25, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wells Chapel
811 Woods Street
Wichita Falls, TX

Burial and Military Honors
Crestview Cemetery

Earnest ‘Tucker” Clay departed this life on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the age of 90 surrounded by his family. Tucker was born on November 3, 1929 in Wichita Falls, TX to the union of Samuel P. Clay and Arzilla Tucker Clay at the beginning of the Great Depression and during the oppression of Jim Crow. Tucker graduated from Booker T. Washington High School at the age of 15. A gifted student, he was known for his love of and command of Mathematics and Science. He attended Bishop College in Dallas, TX where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology, as well, as a Teacher Certificate. Subsequently, Tucker attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View TX for graduate studies where he enjoyed teaching Chemistry and Biology labs.

In 1953, Tucker was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country in a segregated military during the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal in 1955. With segregation still the order of the day, Tucker returned to Wichita Falls where he met and married Betty Jo Ervin and to this union four children were born.

School desegregation, resulting from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, allowed Tucker to teach Math and Science in integrated public schools in Burkburnett and Pampa, TX. Tucker resided in Wichita Falls until 2009 when he moved to Dallas to be closer to his children.

A man possessed of endless intellectual curiosity, he valued the love of God and education above all. He was baptized at St. John Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, TX at an early age. Later in life he studied and worshiped Jehovah's Witnesses. Throughout his lifetime, he enjoyed reading books and learning new things. He is remembered by former students as a strict, skilled and caring teacher. He will be remembered by his family for his kind, gentle spirit and strong encouragement to pursue higher education. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved pool, boxing, big band music and was obsessed with James Brown. He shared his love of music with his children and grandchildren. Over the years he enjoyed memorable concert experiences with his children that included Isaac Hayes and James Brown. His lifelong interest in medicine led to his focus on nutrition and natural healing. His grandchildren will long remember how much he enjoyed tutoring them in math.

Tucker was preceded in death by his parents Samuel P. and Arzilla; his wife, Betty and sisters Aurora “Dimple” Alamon, and Emily “Bessie” Woodard.

Surviving Family Members
Diane (Randy) Williams-DeSoto, TX
Earnestine (Michael) Littlejohn-Cedar Hill, TX
Patricia (Paul) Martin-Kildeer, Illinois
Keith (Brenda) Clay-Rowlett, TX
Donna (Eric) Foreman-Wichita Falls, TX
Linda (Ardeen) Willis-Duncanville, TX
Randy (Lillie) Dawkins-Mesquite, TX

Grand Children
Cameron Mason
LaKeisha Clay
LaToya Clay
Keith Clay Jr
John E. Hall III
Shákendria Jackson
Isaiah Littlejohn
Maya Lyons
Bryce Martin
Gabrielle Martin
Miranda Williams
Brandon Willis
Brandie Dawkins

Marion “Henry” Clay

Gladys “Faye” Cartwright
Rosalyn Johnson
Shanelle Clay

Kerry Woodard
Mark Woodard
Titus Woodard Jr.

And a host of:
Cousins, Friends and Love Ones

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On behalf of the Region IV DRMA Division, we are praying for Earnestine and the family as you go through the loss of her father, Mr. Earnest Tucker Clay. Very Respectfully and blessings, Jerome Murphy
- Jerome Murphy
To all my cousins i'm so sorry for your loss I will always remember visiting Wichita and staying with Betty and Tucker and watching boxing with Tucker in the summer. Tucker was always very kind to me my entire life. I'm blessed to have been able to sit and spend time with him!! I will miss looking over at him on Thanksgiving day going to town on his desserts.
- Antoine Ragins

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