Dexter Clay, 75, of Spur, TX, passed from this life Friday, December 18, 2020, in Lubbock, TX.
Dexter was born April 21, 1945, in Croton, Dickens County, to Oma and Velma (Gunnels) Clay. He graduated from Spur High School in 1963. He married Judy Arnold on November 26, 1965 in Spur. They were married for 55 years.
Dexter began his military career in the United States Air Force in 1965. After serving in San Antonio and Wichita Fall, in 1969 Dexter was sent to Vietnam. After coming home a civilian, he moved to Amarillo and attended West Texas State University and worked part-time. He found, though, he missed the military life and re-entered the Air Force in 1971. He stayed in Germany and Holland for a total of 9 years, before moving back to the States in 1981.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1993, he continued working, including serving two terms as Dickens County Tax Assessor & Collector, before retiring in 2006.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy of Spur; a son, Mike Clay (Paula) of Saginaw, daughter, Melanie McCormick (Philip) of Spur; four grandchildren, Garrett, Wyatt, Wylie and Sydney; one brother, Alford Clay (JoAnne) of Granbury; five sisters, Jean Shaw (Dennis) and Gail Robert of Dickens, Kathy Higginbotham of Wellington, Colorado, Martha Shipman (Clifford) of Brownwood and Patricia Hart (DeWayne) of Granbury, and one sister-in-law, Karla Clay of Blum; numerous nieces and nephews.
Dexter was preceded in death by his parents, Oma and Velma Clay and one brother, Johnnie Clay.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, December 21, 2020 at Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Dickens Co EMS 201 6th St Spur, TX 79370; Spur Senior Citizens 210 Burlington Ave Spur, TX 79370
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Dickens Co. EMS
201 6th St, Spur TX 79370
Spur Sr. Citizens
210 Burlingto Ave., Spur TX 79370