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Sydney Clay Staggs, II
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Obituary for Sydney Clay Staggs, II

Sydney “Clay” Staggs II passed away peacefully in his home on March 15, 2018 surrounded by his wife and three daughters. He was 59 years old. Clay was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 13, 1959 to the late Sydney Clay Staggs and Elaine Adair Staggs.

Clay met the love of his life, and best friend, Rachael Elizabeth Doss when her family moved in next door in 1979 and his father asked her out on Clay’s behalf. He married Rachael in 1980 in Memphis, TN.

Clay graduated from White Station High School in 1977. He attended Christian Brothers University and The University of Memphis. Clay owned Staggs Covington Pike Texaco service station in Memphis for many years before moving on to the car business. He started out as a service writer in Memphis and then advanced to Service Manager. He served on the Chevrolet Professional Service Council National Advisory Board. He later moved to Hot Springs and worked his way to President of Fixed Operations for Gregg Orr Auto Collection.

Clay loved the Lord and raised his family in church. He taught youth Sunday school for many years in Memphis, TN. He had a heart for missions and was able to travel to Costa Rica and Panama. Clay loved ministering to the underserved and spent many summers in various positions, including site coordinator, at World Changers. He also enjoyed assisting his wife with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

Clay loved his family, he loved hunting, camping, golf, boating, his U of M Tigers, his dogs, and he loved to laugh. He could always tell a good story.

Clay is survived by his loving wife, Rachael, with whom he would have celebrated his 38th anniversary in June. In addition to his beautiful wife, are his three beautiful daughters, Danielle Staggs Smaili and Robbie Smaili of Memphis, TN; Courtney Staggs Randolph and Jamie Randolph of Heber Springs, AR; and Chelsey Staggs and Adam Knych of Fayetteville, AR. He was also the best Opa there ever was to his three adored grandchildren, Scarlett Hayes Randolph, 6, Wyatt Clay Smaili, 1, and Edith “Edie” Elizabeth Randolph, 1.

Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 2350 Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with a celebration of Clay’s life immediately following at 2:00 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Clay may be made to the Staggs Family Education Account (for Scarlett, Wyatt, and Edie), set up at Paragon Bank in Memphis, Tennessee. To make a donation, please call Paragon Bank at 901-273-2900, or mail to P.O. Box 20543,
Hot Springs, AR. 71903, because his grandchildren brought him so much joy and that is what he would have wanted.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.


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Visitation

Thursday

22

Mar

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Hot Springs

2350 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Service

Thursday

22

Mar

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Hot Springs

2350 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

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