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Pauline Clay

February 20, 1932 — June 12, 2024


Pauline Clay, 92, went to her eternal rest on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Celebration of Life Services will be held Friday, June 21, 2024 at 1 p.m. at First Progressive Baptist Church.Interment will follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitations will be held Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Griffin Mortuary from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pauline Clay was born on February 20, 1932, in Washington, Arkansas to the late Leroy and Viola Washington. Pauline married Curtis Hooker and had 10 children. They moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1954. They were married for over 20 years. Pauline was a Sunday School teacher at Alexander Chapel and served on the Mother’s Board where she attended church most of her life.

 Pauline worked for Texas instruments for over 14 years, where she retired in 1988. Then she met the love of her life Jim Nelson Clay, they were married February 14, 1981, and stayed married until the Lord called him home in 2016.

 Pauline had a passion for helping people so she could open up a daycare and didn’t charge what other daycares charged. If you couldn’t pay, she understood and allowed you to pay later. She later went into Foster Care Business where she fostered adults and children for over 15 years. 

Pauline is preceded in death by her husband Jim Nelson Clay, Curtis Hooker (her children’s father), her mother and father Viola and Leroy Washington, her two sisters Sara Lee Washington and Arlene Washington, her three son Cheryl Darnell Hooker, Karl Hooker, and Curley Hooker (surviving wife Barbara Hooker).

 Pauline departed this life on June 12, 2024, leaving to cherish her memories, six daughter and one son Donald ray Hooker and his wife Carolyn Hooker of McKinney, Texas, Bobbie Evans, Charlene Hooker, Cynthia Hooker all of Dallas, Texas, Diane Young of Houston, Texas, Linda and Joyce both of Lubbock, Texas, Pauline has 25 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 8 great great-grandchildren, Pauline’s also had three foster children Yvonne Jackson, Adam Clark, and Patrick Clark, who she loved and adored just like her own, and a host of other relatives and friends.


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Friday, June 21, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Progressive Baptist Church

4201 63rd St., Lubbock, TX 79403

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