On November 9, 1947, Joe Clay was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma and raised by his grandparents, Rose and Veto Delmedico. He attended grade school through high school, graduating with the class of 1966. After graduation, Joe attended Sheet Metal School and received his Journeyman License in 1972. He and his two uncles started Eastern Sheet Metal and Joe was part owner until 1987. He then worked and retired from Georgia Pacific after 23 years of service due to an illness (Dementia). While working at Georgia Pacific, he came up with several inventions that were incorporated into the Muskogee and other Georgia Pacific plants throughout the nation. Those who knew and worked with Joe quickly learned that God had blessed him with the talent of working with his hands.
Joe met his wife, Debbie on a blind date and they shared 46 years of marriage. Their family consists of two daughters and one son, Tena and Glen Bennett, Jodi and Shane Pratt, and J.J. and Catherine Clay; their children and grandchildren, Grant Bennett, Oliver, Lynnie and Jennings Pratt, and Diesel Clay. Joe's family remembers he was an extremely patient, kind, caring and loving father and he greatly enjoyed his grandchildren.
Joe accepted Christ many years ago as teenager. After Joe and Debbie married, he joined her at her church, Boston Avenue Baptist for the next 40 years and Timothy Baptist Church for the last 6 years of his life.
As my children and I experienced Joe's last days, we felt the calmness that only God can provide knowing that Joe was soon to close his eyes for the last time and immediately see his Savior. There is truly no greater peace and comfort that a family can feel than the peace of Christ and knowing one day the family would again be together.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Association at: http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp in Joe's Memory.
A private family service has been planned in honor of Joe's life.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.
Published on  March 29, 2017