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Jacob "Sonny" Clady, Jr.

October 26, 1936 ~ March 9, 2019 (age 82)

Jacob Clady, Jr. was born on October 26, 1936 in Memphis, TN. He was the eldest son of the late Jacob, Sr. and Elmelia Clady. He was affectionately called “Sonny” by his family and childhood friends. 

Sonny was a very popular and adventurous young boy. He loved to hike in the woods, swim in the rivers, and read/trade comic books. Sonny joined the Boy Scouts of America; the perfect outlet for his hobbies. He played the bugle for his troop. Young Jacob was baptized at an early age at St. Paul Church. He maintained his faith throughout his adult life.

Sonny developed his work ethic early. As a young boy, he led a milk cow daily to pasture for an elderly couple in the neighborhood. He made home deliveries with Uncle George in his dairy truck. He worked as a carpenter apprentice with his dad. Sonny worked in the cotton fields in Tennessee and Arkansas. He also helped maintain the family garden. These jobs prepared him for his vocation as a dedicated, hard-working, and successful carpenter.

Sonny attended Douglass H.S. from first through twelfth grades. He played fullback on his high school team. He was runner up in the annual citywide "Gridiron Greatest" competition. 1955, upon graduating high school, he and his childhood buddy, Junior Yates, literally jumped trains from Memphis,TN to San Diego, CA. 

In California, Jake worked as a custodian for Convair Aircraft Plant. In the evenings, he pursued his ambition to become a professional boxer. Jake trained as an amateur boxer with the Robles Boxing Team of San Diego. This was one of the official boxing teams sponsored by U.S. Olympic Committee. He also trained with boxing great, Archie Moore. Jake held a local record for the fastest knockout by a light- middleweight.   

In 1959, Sonny married Oray Stamps. Their union produced two boys, Ross Toby and Paul Quest (d. 2013). He put his dream on hold to provide for his young family. While the marriage didn’t survive, Sonny continued to support his household. After a series of unfortunate events, he sent his sons to live with his mother (their grand- mother) Madea. This arrangement allowed him to continue to travel for work, provide for them, and be assured that they were safe. 

Jake was a strong and hardworking young man. As a teen, Sonny learned from his father, Jacob, Sr., how to build houses. During the 50’s the housing industry was booming in California. Jake, Jr. encouraged his father to relocate the entire family to California. Father and son worked in construction, building houses and commercial structures. Rough carpentry or “framing”, became his mastery trade. Jake, Jr. worked from sunup to sundown throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. He’d traveled where the housing industry was paying the most for his skill. He enjoyed living as a nomad; never settling in one place for too long. He loved his freedom to quickly pitch a tent and, to just as quickly, pull up stakes. Jake retired his hammer in 1998. During his work-life he taught his sons, nephews, and some great-nephews Jesus’ trade—carpentry. He was known to hire any young man wanting an opportunity to work. 

Jacob Jr. made his final transition Saturday, March 9, 2019. He is survived by his son, Ross Toby, four grandchildren, Ryan Jacob, Briauna, Christopher, Ashlynn, and great-grandchild Knox. Sonny had ten siblings Blondale (d.2000), Dorothy Laverne, Charlotte, June, Hershel, Marshall (Marcella), Marvin, Billy, Jadene (Stanley), and Cathy; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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