William Paul Clay Sr.
 (also known as Paul Clay Jr.) was born in December 12th, 1916 in Ypsilanti to songwriter, civil rights activist and leading Mason Paul Ison Clay of Indiana and Virginia Scott of Canada. William married Abbie (Petties) Brown, originally from Alabama, in 1940. They are the parents of former Ypsilanti City Council member William Paul Clay Jr. William Paul Clay Sr. passed away on August 10, 1987.