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Juanita Clay was born in Frankfort, KY, the daughter of James B. and Kate Nelson Clay. The family was enumerated in the 1920, 1930, and the 1940 U.S. Census records. In 1940, Juanita and her sister were said to be employed as maids; their brother was a shoeshine boy in a barbershop.
In 1943, Juanita Clay left her beautician's job and enlisted in the Army, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. *She was a truck driver light 345 and drove jeeps, staff cars, and 1/2 ton trucks, hauling supplies, equipment, and personnel. "Also made minor repairs when necessary." [Source: Juanita Clay's Separation Qualification Record.]
After her military service, Juanita Clay married Charles Payne on July 28, 1951. They had a son, Jonathan Payne. She later married Harry W. Taylor. Juanita Clay Payne Taylor was a federal employee. She lived in North Highlands, CA and died in Sacramento, CA in 2011 and is buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Frankfort.
Sources: Juanita Clay Taylor at Find A Grave; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; and "Taylor, Juanita Clay," The Sacramento Bee, 5/22/2011, p .B7.
*Additional information, documentation, and pictures provided by Mary and Danny W. Clay (nephew of Juanita Clay Payne Taylor).
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“Taylor, Juanita Clay Payne,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 30, 2023, https://ukscrc001.net/nkaa/items/show/300004440.
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