Mrs. Gloria Rae Caffey Clay, 73, of Houston passed away at home on Feb. 13, 2021. She was born in Memphis, Tenn. on Sept. 15, 1947 to James T. Caffey and Audrey S. Caffey. She graduated from Clarksdale High School and received a bachelor's degree in home economics from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.
Because of her love for children, Gloria began a teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Houston First Baptist Church. Continuing her career, Gloria completed teacher certification and taught eighth grade history at Houston Middle School until retirement.
An avid reader, Gloria worked tirelessly in support of the Houston Carnegie Library. She served on the board of directors and was president of the board for several terms. In addition to her love of reading, Gloria was known for her sense of humor, her wise counsel and way with words, and especially her love for her family and friends. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.
Funeral Services were held at Houston First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 with the Rev. Terry Rhodes and Bro. Greg Simmons officiating.
Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Houston Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Gloria`s brother-in-law, Tim Ashley will be officiating.
Houston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Clay is survived by her son, Chris (Laura) Clay of Bonney Lake, Wash.; her daughter, Brooke (Jeff) Neal of Brandon; her sister, Pam (Tim) Ashley of Florence, Ala.; her grandchildren, Drew and Kendyl Neal, Ashley, Hannah, and Olivia Clay; her nieces and nephews, Ty (Brittany) Ashley, Katy (Lucas) Orr, and Amber Ashley; her great- nephews, Sam, Silas, Smith Ashley, and Carter Orr; her great- nieces, Mira Grace Ashley and Ivy Orr.
Mrs. Clay was preceded in death by her parents, James T. Caffey and Audrey S. Caffey, and her husband, Donald M. Clay.
Pallbearers were Tony Uhiren, Thomas Howell, Jack Pumphrey, Caleb Tabb, David Smith, and Russell Thomas.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ty Ashley, Lucas Orr, and the "Bridge Club Girls"- Debbie Allen, Pam Carson, Marty Ishee, Barbara Sue Fleming, Carol Koutroulis, Ann Landrum, Rose Lyles, Barbara McCullough, Jennifer Mooneyham, and Anita Yarbrough.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Houston First Baptist Church
"Together We Grow"
201 West Madison Street
Houston, MS 38851
Houston Carnegie Library
"Friends of the library"
105 West Madison Street
Houston, MS 38851
The service was live streamed and recorded for those who were not able to attend at www.facebook.com/houstonfuneralhome1910
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