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J. Clay Hart, 52, Neosho, Mo., entered into rest on Jan. 2, 2018 at Freeman Neosho ER, following an extended illness. Clay was born Aug. 22, 1965, in Greer, S.C., and moved to the Neosho area in 1979 from Georgia.
He worked as plant manager for George's, at Butterfield, Mo., and then at LaRue Telephone Company in telecommunications. He loved to sing, play pool, and watch the Kansas City Chiefs and he loved his family and friends. He loved his Lord and Savior, and was an incredible warrior for Christ and an inspiration to those around him throughout his health struggles. He was an incredible and inspiring man who cherished his wife's heart. He was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church.
Clay and Lisa (McEntire) were married on June 7, 2014, in Stella. She survives.
Additional survivors include his parents, Robert L. and Mona Hart, of Neosho; his adopted mother, Dorothy McEntire; three children, Tabitha Michelle Hart and Cordell Lewis Hart, of Rensselaer, Ind., and Kearstin Marie Hart, of the home; four stepchildren, Kyler Anthony Ferguson, of Cassville, Brandi Lynch and husband, Aaron, of Kentucky, Justin Powell and wife, Tamsen, and Joshua Powell and wife, Sara, all of Alabama; two brothers by choice, Malcolm Dwain McEntire and wife, Joyce, of West Plains, Mo., and David Brian McEntire and wife, Holly, of Pineville;and six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. George E. and Audrey Wood; paternal grandparents, Leon and Ruth Millikin, and Aubrey and Helen Hart; and special friend, Doran McEntire.
Funeral services for Clay will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Splitlog Baptist Church, Pastor Roger Morey will officiate. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery and those serving as pallbearers will be Josh Powell, Justin Powell, Matthew McEntire, Michael McEntire, Kyler Ferguson and Cordell Hart. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. on Monday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and the family will receive friends at a time of visitation Monday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions, in memory of Clay, may be made to Crossroads Baptist Church Youth Fund, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on January 6, 2018
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