OBITUARY

Thomas Christian Clay

December 4, 1953October 6, 2021
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Thomas Christian Clay, age 67 of Beaverdam, VA passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 6th, 2021.

Thomas was born December 4, 1953 to Betty and “James” H.B. Clay and grew up in the town of Ashland with his 6 brothers and sisters. He married his high school sweetheart, Gail Clay, in 1976 and they had 2 daughters, Anna and Victoria. Thomas (or Tommy) loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family, was an avid reader of anything from non-fictional war stories to Lord of the Rings, and you would be hard pressed to find a better Jeopardy contestant. He was well known for his wit and sense of humor, and could always make anyone crack a smile. His love of animals was passed down, as he spent a lifetime taking in strays and unwanted dogs as family pets.

He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, dependable father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty Farbach Clay, and his father “James” H.B. Clay. He is survived by his wife Gail Clay; children Anna Burnup (Scott) and Victoria Atkins (Richard); Siblings Karen Winston, Sandra Copler (Tom), Hollis Bondurant (Gary), James Clay (Bernadine), William Clay (Aurelia), and Andrew Clay (Karen); grandchildren Addison Atkins, Chase Atkins and Christian Burnup; and a host of nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 9th at Nelson Funeral Home from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, October 10th at 2:00pm at Nelson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to: The Summit Church, 11325 Mt Hope Church Rd. Doswell, VA 23047

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.NelsenAshland.com for the Clay family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

Memories

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Adrienne Clay Morgan

October 10, 2021

Tommy was my half brother who, being much older and living so far from me, I don’t believe I ever had the pleasure to meet. I just wanted to give my condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With love,
Adrienne Clay Morgan
Arlington, Texas

Liz Bellamy

October 10, 2021

Lifting all of Tom’s family in prayers I’ve known Tom for over 40 years he has always been a great friend fun and always so kind. I will miss our chats in the store and never forget your kindness!

STEPHEN SAUNDERS

October 10, 2021

Bobbie Reilley

October 9, 2021

I’m remembering when you and Gail lived across the street and we first met. You were our first real friends in Virginia. I have very special memories of those days and we’ve been the best of fiends ever since. We will miss you so much.

Mary Kaye (Katie) Gay

October 9, 2021

I remember Tommy as a lover of life, always smiling and happy. I am glad I found Gail again last year in New Kent. You and your family are in my prayers. Rest in Peace Tommy till we meet again.

STEPHEN SAUNDERS

October 8, 2021

I've been recalling many of the things we did together old friend. I'm missing you already.

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