FORT SMITH — Harold White Clay, Sr., 80, of Fort Smith, died Dec. 29, 2011, in the Billings St. Vincent Hospital.
He was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Crow Agency, a son of Vernon and Fannie Stewart White Clay, Sr. He grew up and received his education in Crow Agency. He then embarked on a career as a cowboy, honing his skills over the years. He later worked and retired for the National Park Service. Currently served on the Crow Tribe 107 Committee until his death.
Served in the Korean Conflict as a United States Marine and received his honorable discharged in 1954.
Harold Teen as he was known, married Edith Red Wolf and they later divorced. He married Nora Fighter and the couple resided in Fort Smith.
He enjoyed rodeos and playing bingo. He took great pride in watching his family including his grandsons, sons, nieces and nephews participate in rodeos, including the Indian National Finals Rodeo.
He was a faithful member of the Big Horn Baptist Church, Fort Smith.
His parents; wife Nora; brothers Joe He Does It, Archie, Joseph, Guy, Philip, Robert and Vernon White Clay, Jr.; sisters, Betty, Rachel, Mildred, Mamie and Martha White Clay, Marie Yellowtail, Edith Big Lake, Emily Lincoln and Mabel Yarlott preceded Harold in death.
Survivors include his daughters Laura White Clay and Beverly White Clay Shane; his sons, Clinton(Kathleen), Kenneth and Delano(Alta) White Clay; his children, Coretta Fighter, Loretta(Garner) Bouyer, Cheryl(Levi) Yellowmule, Bertha (LaGrant) BlackEagle, John and Miles (Rochelle) Fighter, Adrian and Gary (Pinky) Bird and Miles (Michelle) Fighter; his sisters Alice LaForge, Veronica White Clay and Rebecca Buffalo; his brother Harold Tom(Cheryl) White Clay; as well as his extended family including the Pretty Eagle descendants, Morrison, Bull Chief, White, Old Crow, White Fox, Stewart, Bradley, Short Man, Stiff Arm, Colliflower, and Fox families. The family wishes to recognize the Wyola families he remained close throughout the years; the late Bruce Yellowtail, Benito Stewart, Charles and Henry Crooked Arm families of Wyola. He is also survived by his good friends Marvin Spotted and Sammy Big Hair.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, in the Crow Agency Spirit of Life Four Square Church. Interment with military honors will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.