clay.jpgHenry Clay Chancellor


     Henry Clay Chancellor, age 55, of Dallas, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at his second home in Lamar.


     Clay was born December 20, 1952, in Lamar, to Richard and Ione (Williams) Chancellor.  He graduated from Lamar High School in 1971 and attended college in Springfield and Joplin, Missouri.  He was an accomplished hair stylist, owning and operating a salon in Dallas for 25  years.  Clay was a very kind and very caring person. His clients all treated him as one of their family. Clay freely returned this compassion by making house calls for clients and friends sick from cancer and unable to come to his salon. Clay was a gifted photographer who enjoyed flowers and maintained a beautiful yard at his second home in Lamar. 


     Survivors include his mother, Ione Chancellor, Lamar; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Brad & Diane Chancellor, Columbia, Missouri, and Eric Chancellor & Denise Meister, Falls Church, Virginia; three nephews, Jason & wife Angela Stansberry, Lamar, John Sherman Chancellor, Rolla, Missouri, and Richard Chancellor, Falls Church; three nieces, Paige & husband Scott Zahorik, Franktown, Colorado, Erin Chancellor, Falls Church, and Amy Chancellor, Springfield; two great-nephews, Joe & Griffin Zahorik; and four great-nieces, Katy & Madison Zahorik, Victoria & Olivia Stansberry.  Clay was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Victoria Lynn Stansberry.


     A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 19th at Lamar United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Keithly officiating.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery at a later date.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#20 United StatesJane Walvoord 2012-04-04 22:48
I am so sorry to find that Clay has passed away. I've been searching for him now for years. His death must have been unexpected. He colored my hair and cut and colored my husband's hair for years. But he was more than our hair stylist. He was a true friend. My great sympathy.
#19 Colombo, Sri LankaIan Ramsden 2011-04-10 01:53
Dear Ione,

I have just heard of Clay's passing and am in shock because nobody told me. Do you know I met him 42 years ago and I can still remember the time and place. Your front porch at a Junior Class council meeting before school started in '69. I liked him from the moment I met him. Such a personality!
Did you know I went to Houston to see him in '86 and got a cab for 45 miles (each way!) to speak at a meeting he was attending. It was the best $100 I spent that year!We may be in the autumn of our lives, but we remember the bountiful spring when we were all blossoming with dreams and promises.

My heartfelt condolances to you and your family.

#18 Knoxville TNDenise Welborn Hatfield 2009-02-17 18:00
I am so sorry to hear of Clay's passing. He brought joy and love to all of those around him. I have such happy childhood memories of his upbeat spirit.

#17 Dallas, TXElise Baughman High 2008-12-21 12:04
My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with the Chancellor family. I absolutely adored Clay! He had been doing my hair once a month for the past 10-12 years. I considered him a very dear friend. We also joked about him being my "hair-apist," because I shared so much with him. He was always so easy to talk with and so much fun. I always looked forward to seeing him. When my sister and I both lived in Dallas, we sometimes would have joint appointments--which seemed more like a party than a hair appointment. There are some people who come into your life and make a huge difference. Clay made my life better and brighter.
#16 McKinney, TexasLena and Earl B. Milstead 2008-11-12 10:33
We are deeply saddened to learn of Clay's death today. He was one of the most caring persons we have ever met. I was one of Clay's clients for over 20 years. He was not only a great hairdresser he was our fiend. My husband and I came from McKinney about every two months. Clay always had Earl's chair ready with newspaper and foot rest. Earl loved to talk with Clay. How many husbands look forward to going with their wives to the hairdresser. Clay was like family. We would always show each family photos since our last visit. He loved his family very much. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. My deepest sympathy to his family, especially his Mother. Lena and Earl
#15 Dallas, TXBeth Remington 2008-10-23 13:18
I am so sorry to hear of Clay's passing. My daughter, Emily, and I were clients of Clay's for about 15 years. From the time Emily was a young girl, it was an important mother-daughter outing and Clay was a huge part of it. We would talk and laugh hysterically each time we were there and we always so looked forward to seeing Clay. We exchanged Christmas cards and I always looked forward to the picture he would send of him and his Mother. He loved you so much, Ione, and loooked forward to the day he could be with you in Missouri all the time. He was one of the kindest and most gentle men I've ever known and I always knew that my "secrets" were safe with Clay. Emily and I will always have a very special place in our hearts for him because he was such an important part of our everyday life. Not only did did the time we all spent together blossom into a treasured friendship, but it also served to strengthen the bond between Emily and I, especially during those difficult teen years. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers will be with you.
#14 Dallas, TxAnne Thompson 2008-10-13 17:27
My sincere condolences to the Chancellor family. I met Clay in the early eighties, and I will really miss him. I was his friend and also a client. When I went to visit Clay we spent our time sharing stories and talking about our families. My thoughts are with you.
#13 Rowlett, TXLajos Molnar & Austin Hudler 2008-10-08 13:19
I have been visiting Clay for hair cuts since 1999. He was simply the best hair stylist I have met so I stuck by him. We quickly became friends and in the next 9 years he saw me through several heart aches, watched many of my performances and later was there to celebrate my marriage. He started as my friend, and became part of our family. Clay, we will miss you, your friendship and your loving, cheerful attitude dearly. May you rest in peace.
#12 Carrollton, TexasBarbara and Mitch Matamoros 2008-09-28 11:16
We are so saddened by this news. After knowing Clay for over 25 years, he was a part of our family. From our joint political rants to the annual movie review discussions following the Thanksgiving "movie-a thon" with mom, our conversations were always full of life. My husband reflected that over the years he was the man he shared the most with regarding his thoughts and feelings. As people know, the holidays were special for Clay and we always looked forward to seeing that tree come up each year. (and wondering how much more he would put on it). We will miss him terribly and I suspect that he will help us find those great Christmas "bubble lights" from his place in heaven as the years go by. God Bless my friend, may you rest in peace
#11 Monroe, LAPaige 2008-09-24 14:34
Dear Chancellor family: I was a long time client of Clay's and considered him a dear friend. He was such a warm, caring, special person and I feel blessed to have known him. I will always have very fond memories of his kindess and sense of humor.

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