(as told by Allene Clay Lawler)

Marvin Shade Clay was b. July 22,1910 in Grady Co., Ga. To Green Monroe

and Essie (Virginia Estelle) Jordan-Clay.


Green Monroe with his mother

Green Monroe Clay & Essie Jordan Clay

He grew up in the Grady- Thomas Co. area with 3 brothers John Henry- Cecil

and James and 2 sisters Mattie Lou & Emily and a cousin-foster sister, Eileen Cone.

Marvin Came to Floyd Co. Ga to attend Martha Berry School.

Marvin Shade Clay Marvin right rear 1923 Beachton School



Marvin on left with brothers

One weekend he and another student slipped of the school property to attend

Mt. Springs Church, near-by, where they were having an all day affair with

dinner and singing, there Marvin met Sarah Sybilla Terrell, b.March 23, 1912.

Sarah Sybilla TerrellMarvin Shade Clay

Sarah was the daughter of Henry Grady and Luna Presley- Terrell.

H.G. Terrell Luna Presley Terrell



She grew up in Floyd Co. with 3 brothers, H.G.,Jr., Vaughn Excell and Stephen Paul Hull,

and 3 sisters Annie Lou, Alice Allene and Floria Elouise.

She attended Wesleyn College, Milledgeville, Ga. and taught in a one room school until

she married and started her family.


Marvin and Sybilla Clay 50th anniversary


Marvin and Sarah were married Dec.26,1932 in Bartow Co. Ga.


Clay children

(back row Fred, middle row from left George, Flora, Ann, Sarah,

front row Allene (Alice), Daniel and David)


Their children are Carolyn Marjorie Anne, Stephen Fred, Sarah

Ellen, Marvin Terrell (George,d. 1973 in Navy Plane Crash), Flora Sue,

Vaughann Allene (Alice), Phyllis Jane (b.Dec.25,1942, d. Easter 1943),

David Wesley and Daniel Michael.

Marvin Clay with sons and grandson's

Marvin worked at Celanese until 1951, then moved for 1 year to Mt. Vernon, Alabama,

for another job but after the school year came back to the Ga. mountains that they both

loved. Marvin at that time worked for Ga.. Kraft Forestry Division for a while then for

Dixie Aluminum before going into the backhoe business for himself.


The family attended Mt. Pleasant Methodist and then for many years

were members of the Prospect Methodist Church at Coosa.



Sarah Sybilla Terrell Clay



Sarah died Jan 29, 1997 and is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery next to her daughter Phyllis Jane.

We miss you grandma.


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