Clay James

Obituary of Clay James

Clay Mitchell James, age 90 of White Hall entered eternity Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Maryville Living Center in Maryville, MO. He was born April 3, 1927, in Kennett, Missouri, He the son of Jacob Rance and Ella Mae Davis James. He married the love of his life, Sadie Marie Rettig, on May 23, 1945 in Benton, MO, and she preceded him in death September 25, 2014. Mitchell lived more than 60 years in White Hall.

Mitchell is survived by a son, Clay Mitchell James Jr., of Graham, MO.; a grandson, Clay Mitchell James III (wife Ashlee) of Maryville, MO.; a step granddaughter, Aubre Edwards (husband Shawn) of Blue Springs, MO.; and four great grandchildren, Ava Lee Moriah James, Isaac Michael James, Elias Mitchell James, and Mara Elise Edwards. He is also survived by a brother, Harold James, of Tracy, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, his parents, and ten siblings, Lloyd James, Clyde James, Carl James, Curtis James, Jacob R. James Jr., Van James, Lora Johnson, Ruby Knuckles, Ruth Lively, and June Gettings.

Mitchell was a life-long member of the Church of Christ. He attended the Church of Christ in Kane, IL; Maryville, MO., and for many years in Carrollton, IL. He volunteered for and donated to different Christian organizations, as he was a believer in Christ. He read the word of God daily, as he felt that was an important part of having a relationship with God.

Mitchell retired from MoorMan’s Feed after 31and 1/2 years of service. He also worked for JC Penney’s in Springfield, the White Hall Grain Elevator, and Alco Department Store in White Hall, where he finished his laboring. Mitchell was a part of the Chamber of Commerce of White Hall for 20 plus years. He also served as Chamber President. He was very involved in Greene County Days over the years and other events in the community.

Mitchell did not know a stranger and truly loved to help others. He cherished the days with his family. He enjoyed being active constantly. He liked to watch the St. Louis Cardinals, wrestling and other sporting events.

Mitchell was a great man, as well as a great husband, dad, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall, with burial in White Hall Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 pm until service time Saturday.  Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ in Kane, or in Maryville, Missouri, or Childrens’ Home, Inc, of Paragould, Arkansas.  Condolences may be left on-line at