Transcribed by Rita O'Brien.
The Raleigh Register
Friday, December 5, 1924
Aged Marsh Fork Resident Passes
James M. Clay Was One of Oldest Natives of Raleigh County
at Time of Death
James Mandiville Clay
and Ladosia (Cantley)Clay
One of the oldest natives of Raleigh County died on Wednesday morning, when death entered the home of Mrs. Louisa Rorrer at Dameron and took from this life the spirit of James M. Clay, aged 85 years, 3 months, and 31 days. Mr. Clay was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Clay, who moved to this county many years ago and both of whom have long been dead. They were among the early settlers, of what then was almost a wilderness and settling at what has since come to be known as the Dameron Community, the family has lived there since.
While a young man Mr. Clay enlisted in the Federal army at the outbreak of the Civil war, and served with gallantry and distinction through the entire four years of the contest. He enlisted in Company H of the Seventh West Virginia Cavalry. He was slightly wounded once during the four years.
Serving with him through the war were two other residents of the same community, both of whom are yet living, they being Jake Jackson and John Laverty, close friends of Mr. Clay. These two are now the only remaining soldiers of that war in the Dameron community, it is said.
Mr. Clay's wife had preceded him to the grave, although one brother, Stuart Clay, of Dameron, and one sister, Mrs. Polly Aliff, of Edwight, survive him. The following children are also living; Albert Clay, Lowden Clay and Nevil Clay, of Beckley; George Clay, of Msacdonald; William Clay, of Dameron; Mrs. Mary Gunnoe, of Cranberry; and Mrs. Louisa Rorrer, of Dameron with whom the aged man had made his home during recent years.
Mr. Clay was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church and for many years had been noted for his interest in that religious denomination and for his good works. He was a man of strong character and convictions, and leaves many relatives and friends who will mourn at the news of his death.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon from the church at Dameron and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery there. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Willman.