Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr

17 January 1942–3 June 2016 (Age 74)
Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Cassius Marcellus

When Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr was born on 17 January 1942, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, was 29 and his mother, Odessa Lee Grady, was 24. He married Sonji Roi on 14 August 1964, in Indiana, United States. He lived in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States in 1942 and Allapattah, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States in 1960. He died on 3 June 2016, in Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr
Yolanda "Lonnie" Williams
Marriage: 19 November 1986

Spouse and Children

19 November 1986

Parents and Siblings



    Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr


    Rudolph Valentino Clay


World Events (8)

1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 2

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.
1944 · Kentucky Dam is Completed

Age 2

The Kentucky dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Tennessee River between Livingston and Marshall counties in Kentucky. It was completed August 30,1944.
1962 · The Cuban Missile Crisis

Age 20

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union because of Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. This confrontation was the closest that the Cold War became a nuclear war.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old English clǣg ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit ( see Clayman ).2 Americanized spelling of German Klee .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Muhammad Ali in entry for Sonji Clay-Glover, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"
  • Muhammad Ali in entry for Odessa Lee Grady Clay, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Muhammad Ali in entry for Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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