Clayton Frederick Crary, 71, of Amity, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.

Clayton Frederick Crary, 71, of Amity, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Fargo, N.D., the eldest of three children, to Neil and Lois Nieswagg Crary. He was a member of Amity Second Baptist Church and a Master Mason of the Amity Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge. Clay was a U.S. Marine veteran and an avid hunter and fisherman belonging to several hunting clubs.
Clay moved to Arkansas in the ‘70s and was involved with Carter Oil Co. in acquisition of land and mineral rights in southern Arkansas. Clay was an insurance and real estate broker, establishing C.F. Crary and Associates in Arkadelphia and served as a district manager for Modern Woodman of America.
Clay had many hobbies including racing, ham radio operator, pilot, musician, fishing guide, scuba diver and cattleman, always giving each endeavor his best effort and commitment.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Cathern Clay Crary; two step sons, Michael Smith of Conway  and Bobby Smith of Amity; two sisters, Casey (Kay) Crary Butler and Nancy Crary Jones both of Little Rock; and one nephew, Clayton James (C. J.) Butler of Colorado.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 26, at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia with Bro. Derrick Bonds officiating. Memorials may be made to the Amity Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge, Pulaski County Humane Society or to the Clark County Humane Society. Online guest register is available at