Hardy Funeral Home 

5300 West 12th Street

Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

(501) 372-4129

"We Care, When Caring Counts"

Est. 2003

Mother Laverne Clay


Mother Laverne Clay was born March 22, 1942 to Fonzie and Ora White in East St. Louis, IL where she attended public school. On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, God, in his infinite wisdom, called Mother Laverne Clay from labor to reward. Her life was dedicated to the Lord and to servanthood.


She moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1993, she joined Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Superintendent Vernell Thomas. She served as an usher in her local church, and a jurisdictional usher in the Minnesota Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under Bishop Stanley Neal Frazier. In 1999, she began serving on the International Church of God in Christ Usher Board. She had a servant’s heart. 

In 2000, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2002, she became a member of Acts 2:4 Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Paul D. Robinson, Sr. In her local assembly, Mother Clay worked in the Finance Department, Hospitality, Pastor’s Support and was appointed to the Mother’s Board. She was also an usher. She faithfully worked in these capacities until her passing.


In addition to being an usher in her local church, Mother Clay was an usher in the Little Rock District. Her faithfulness was so inspirational that in 2007, Mother Laverne Clay was appointed President of the Arkansas First Jurisdictional Usher Board by Bishop Jewel R. Withers, Jr. 


Mother Clay was employed at United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas for 18 years. She was an Entrepreneur in her own right. She dressed many of the finest first ladies in Arkansas First Jurisdiction and more. She too was a “Fashionista.” Mother Clay loved attending the Church of God in Christ Conventions, especially the National Women’s Conventions and the Holy Convocations. 


Mother Clay was proceeded in death by her daughter, Sharon Cheri Johnson; her parents, Fonzie and Ora White; two (2) sisters, Supervisor Fonzella Lofton Carter and Verline White Cole.


Mother Laverne Clay leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Patricia Denise Clay, Cedric Maurice (Lesia) Clay, Zenobia (Gerald) Dunbar, Charles Edward (Kanetra) Staton, Williams Raymond Staton, III, all of Little Rock, AR; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews. She also leaves her loving pet (Bella), and a host of friends. Mother Clay’s Church Family, Acts 2:4, mourn her loss, as well as the ushers of the Little Rock District, Arkansas First Jurisdiction, and the National Church of God in Christ. 

Laverne Clay, 77, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019. She leaves to cherish her memory her children; Cedric Clay (Lesia), Zenobia Dunbar (Gerald), Charles Staton (Kanetra), Patricia Clay, William Staton, III and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday August 31, 2019, 12 noon, Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 1322 South Pulaski Street. The family will receive friends Friday August 30, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. at Acts 2:4 Church of God in Christ, 9510 Geyer Springs Road.