Clay Hanna Esco, age 90, formerly of Roswell and Cumming, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Cobb County.
Born January 3, 1932 in Lexington, Georgia, he was the son of the late Coile and Lillian (Couch) Escoe. At a young age, his family moved to Camp Hill, Alabama where Clay attended school and graduated in 1950 from Camp Hill High School. In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Los Alamos, New Mexico, he met and married Arabelle Montoya on October 24, 1953. They moved to Georgia in 1955 where Clay worked many years at the Lockheed Corporation. Upon leaving Lockheed, he started his own business as a grading contractor and later also worked for the Roswell Police Department during his retirement years.
In his early years while living in Roswell, Clay was a volunteer fireman and coached numerous Youth baseball teams. He was a member of the Catholic church where he served as a layman and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Clay was an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, loved boating at Lake Lanier and hosting pig roasts with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Clay was predeceased by Prince Escoe, Raymond Escoe, an infant girl, Leonard Escoe, Mavis Escoe, Beatrice (Escoe) Rider, John B. Escoe, Douglas Esco and Basil Esco. Clay was also predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Maria Arabelle Montoya Esco.
Clay is survived by his four children: John (Kay) Esco of Woodstock, GA; Christella Esco, Sandy (Scott) Parker, both of Jasper, GA; and Pam (Tim) Reid of Dawsonville, GA; grandchildren: Natalie Gaydon (fiance Taj Zipperman), Samantha (Trae) Wren, Travis Esco (Partner Jovas Booker), Shannon (Jordan) Martin, Anna (Seth) Langley, Riley Reid (fiance Cody
Thomas) and Jessica Reid; great-grandchildren: Bailey Parker, Carson Gaydon, Bennett Martin, Gabe Martin, Arabella Wren and Shane Langley; and other family and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 11a. McDonald Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Dr, Cumming, GA 30040. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday March 1st from 5p until 8p and from 10a until 11a the day of the service. Burial will follow at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA.
The family of Clay Esco would like to extend our sincere thanks to his caregiver, Susan Ndungu, of Morgan House Personal Care Home. Her love and care towards Clay over the last six months was exceptional and greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P. O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. Website is garysinisefoundation.org and phone number is 818-432-8988.
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