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Estill Lee Clay, 81, of Richland, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Osage Beach.

He was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo. to Richard and Minnie Estella Ravenscroft Clay.

On Dec. 24, 1959, he married Betty Hasty, and on Nov. 10, 1986, he married Norma Myers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Roy on May 28, 1960; and one son, Terry on July 24, 1983.

Estill graduated from Stoutland High School with the class of 1958. He was a mechanic for the majority of his life. He owned and operated Clay’s Wrecker Service for over forty years. He was also a school bus driver for Stoutland Public Schools. He began driving in 1967 until he was 76. He was a longtime member of Cave State Cruisers car club and active in his community. He held membership at Stoutland Cememtery Board, Stoutland Water Board and Stoutland Fire Department Board. After his retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed tending to the needs of the farm. He made friends easily and stayed in close contact with many of them through the years. Time spent and memories made with his family is what he treasured most.

Estill made a profession of faith in Christ and at the time of his passing had been attending Eureka Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Norma; one son, Wendell Clay and his wife Tracy of Richland; stepson, Bruce Pruitt and his wife Krista of Arlington, Texas; stepaughter, Brenda Parker and her husband Kirk of Lebanon; seven grandchildren, Cody Clay and his wife Heidi and their children, Harper, Hadlee and Camden, Ethan Clay and his wife Olivia and their son Caleb and daughter Katherine Betty arriving in January, Jordan Nowell and her husband Kyle and their children, Oliver and Crosbee, Isabelle Pruitt, Kalli Pruitt, Kody Parker and his wife Amanda and their daughter, Maisy and Katellyn Parker; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Estill Lee Clay will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel with David Douglas and Doug Jacobsen officiating.

Burial will be in Stoutland Cemetery under the direction of Shadel’s Colonial Chapel of Lebanon.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday also at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel.

Memorials have been suggested to Eureka Baptist Church. Donations can be left at or mailed to Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948 or 1001 N. Lynn, Lebanon, Mo. 65536.

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