Funeral services for Clarence Tays Jr., 83, of Cookeville, will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 20, at Hampton's Crossroads Baptist Church. The Rev. Maston Jackson and the Rev. Gary Farris will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Bohannon Cemetery in the Calfkiller Community.
His family will receive friends Sunday from 4 - 8 p.m. at the church and again Monday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Clarence passed away Wednesday evening March 15, 2023, at his home.
He was born December 12, 1939, in Monterey, TN, to the late Clarence Tays Sr. and Gladys Neal Tays Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Justin Tays.
Clarence was a member of Hampton's Crossroads Baptist Church. He was a lifelong farmer and owned Tays Realty and Auction. Clarence loved his family, friends, and farming.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Charlotte Stafford Tays, whom he married August 4, 1979, in Smithville; son, Sam (Beth) Tays, of Cookeville; grandchildren, Ezra Timothy Tays, Anson Clarence Tays, and Elizabeth (Wyatt) Brown; special nephew, Greg (Donna) Hutson; and special friend, Thomas (Tyna) Yocum.
Pallbearers will be Sam Tays, Greg Hutson, Tim Willmore, Thomas Yocum, Wyatt Brown, and Billy Graham.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mustard Seed Ranch, www.mustardseedranchtn.org.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (931)526-6111 Share your condolences and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com.