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William Joseph “Billy Joe” Clay, 37

William Joseph “Billy Joe” Clay, 37, of Scotland, AR went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 6, 2017. He was born on January 24, 1980 in Springdale, AR to Bob and Brenda Clay.

Billy was preceded in death by his sister, Leisa Michelle Clay. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Brenda Clay, his brothers, Jeff Clay and Darin Clay, his nieces Haley Dodson, Nikki Clay, Taylor Thompson, and Ashlyn Thompson and his nephews, Hayden Clay, Dakota Clay and Hayden Thompson.

Billy graduated from Bryant High School, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCA in 2005 where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Billy enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2000 and completed boot camp at Fort Benning, GA where he was awarded the title of Soldier of the Cycle. His first overseas tour of duty was in the Sinai in 2001, where he was awarded the Chief of Staff’s Outstanding Conduct Award for risking his life as he saved two of his fellow soldiers. He was again activated for duty in 2004 where he saw extensive combat in Iraq. He received numerous medals for his acts of courage in combat.

Billy was an avid hunter. He loved his duck dog and buddy, Ranger, who preceded him. Billy loved his family and friends very much, but none quite as much as his mother Brenda, whom he called his Angel.  

Visitation will be held Monday, October 16th 6-8PM at A Natural State Funeral Service located at 2620 West Main Street in Jacksonville. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 17th 1PM at North Little Rock Veteran’s Cemetery located at 1501 W. Maryland in Sherwood.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 501-982-3400. 

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  • Asa Pittman Posted October 15, 2017 11:06 AM

    Great memories brother. You will be an asset in Heaven as you were on Earth. Rest well. AP

  • Diane Crow Posted October 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    Precious Billy. You have a special place in my heart, your ElDorado mom, Diane (Pittman) Crow

  • Lacy Pittman Bailey Posted October 15, 2017 2:23 PM

    Remembering Billy. May he Rest In Peace. My prayers are with your family. God bless.

  • Darlene Clay Posted October 16, 2017 12:09 PM

    Rest now Billy Joe Wonderful memories always
    Prayers for peace to Bob and Brenda and fsmily

  • Laura Keeter Posted October 17, 2017 10:33 AM

    I have nothing but fond childhood memories with Billy Joe…some of my favorite memories were watching him play baseball with my brother growing up. My deepest condolences to your family, Billy Joe, you will be missed.

  • Mike “Smitty” Smith Posted October 17, 2017 3:34 PM

    I know it has been a long time but I saw Sundays paper and just wanted to send my condolences.Billy Joe was really young the last time I saw him but I have good memories of him. Im very,very sorry for your loss.MikeSmith

  • Angela Beyette Posted October 19, 2017 2:25 PM

    I didn’t know Billy Joe, but I wanted to say THANK YOU SIR for your service to our country!!!!

  • Tommy Muston Posted January 13, 2018 11:23 PM

    I just found out tonight about Billy passing. I can say I was blesssed to serve overseas with him in Egyot and Iraq. He was an awesome guy and a truly awesome soldier. A soldier that any man would be proud to
    serve with and a soldier that anyone could count on.

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