Charles Thomas Clay

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Charles Thomas Clay, age 103, died peacefully in his home March 22, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. Charles, born son of Berkeley Hawkes Clay and John Archer Clay of Blackstone, has been a long-time resident of Crewe all of his adult life. Well-known as a businessman, he owned Clay’s Market and later Clay’s Farm Supply in Crewe. He was an active member of the Crewe Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Town Council for 12 years. Charles owned and operated Maple Lawn Nursing Home with his father and later Clay’s Rest Home in Blackstone. Mr. Clay was an active member of Crewe United Methodist Church. He worked with Habitat for Humanity and headed the program for Weekday Religious Education in Nottoway County. He was a member of the Crewe Kiwanis Club for 71 years and Masonic Lodge for 74 years. After retirement, Charles volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels in Florida, at the Crewe Railroad Museum, and making calls to check on members of his church. He was given the annual Citizenship Award from the Lions Club. His passion for helping others led him to continue giving to many various outreach programs up to his death. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Katherine Clay Irby, daughter Joan Clay Graham, grandson John Hamilton Graham, and his first wife of 58 years, Miriam Elliott Clay. He is survived by his second wife of 21 years, Vernon Dunn Clay; two daughters, Jackie Robinson and Betsy Parton; Vernon’s children, Bruce Dunn, Carol Dobbins, and Ronald Dunn. He has seven grandchildren, Kay Williams, Ronald Robinson, Terri Robinson, Thom McLean, Chris Parton, Suzanne Crew, and Shelby Riddle; and his sister’s sons, Randolph and Archer Irby. Charles is blessed with 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25th, 2017, from Crewe United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Crewe Cemetery. Mr. Clay’s family received friends at the church beginning at 1:00 p.m. until time of service. On-line condolences at:

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