Jack W. Clay, 80, of West Siloam Springs, Okla., passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 in Springdale, Ark.

Jack was born on June 12, 1930 in Warner, Okla., a son of William Clay and Mattie Shay Clay. He was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and was honored as a Cherokee Veteran in 2010 for his service 60 years ago in the Korean War.† Jack was one of 75 in a Korean War unit called Bout One.† This unit was assigned to the Korean Air Force to teach them how to fly and service F51 Fighter planes.† His unit received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation for this specific role.† In 1950 he was promoted to permanent rank of Sergeant.† At an early age Jack made Eagle scout in the Boy Scouts, which he was very proud of.† Jack enjoyed woodworking, gardening and fishing.† He loved to spend time with family and friends.† Jack worked and retired from Tysonís after 26 years.

Survivors include one son, Jimmie Clay of Springdale; three daughters, Christy Bardrick of Rogers, Ark., Regina Robertson of Colcord, Okla., and Krista Payton of Colcord, Okla.; two brothers Jimmy Eugene Clay of California and Mignon Clay of Arlington, Texas; one grandson, Jordon Robertson and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ohlig Clay, two brothers and two sisters.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.