OBITUARY

Richard "Ricky" Edmund Clayton

October 26, 1957May 1, 2019
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Richard Edmund Clayton, RN died suddenly on Wednesday, May 1 2019. Son of the late Sharon Pappas and Morris Cohen of Passaic NJ, Richard lived in various states of the US with New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia being his preferences. He is survived by his daughter Wendy Clayton of Chicago and his Son John (Jack) Clayton of Richmond.

He was a graduate of William Paterson University and John Tyler Community College and also studied at Life Chiropractic College. Richard was a successful and quick thinking Registered Nurse, after having worked for various hospitals, correctional facilities, long term care facilities and even had a stint as a Travel Nurse going where the medical need took him.

A staunch Libertarian, Richard loved weapons and constitutionally set forth gun rights, comedy and humor via one-liners, Vietnam war films, hiking and camping, and, endearingly, Disney World in Orlando. He was committed to his three children, which were his greatest joy in life.

Funeral services will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, May 18 at Woody’s Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel 1020 Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113. His ashes will be divided and dispersed between Mile Post 75 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Atlantic Ocean across from where he lived in Virginia Beach. The remainder will be buried in his previously established resting space with his late son Richard Edward Clayton at Dale Memorial Park, which is located within Pocahontas State Park, a location greatly loved by Richard.

  • FAMILY

  • Morris Cohen, Father
  • Sharon Pappas, Mother
  • He is survived by his daughter Wendy Clayton of Chicago and his Son John (Jack) Clayton of Richmond.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

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Night Shift Staff @ Wayland Nursing and Rehab Night Shift Staff

May 8, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss...Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs...with our deepest sympathy as you gather to remember your Dad...It was truly a pleasure working with your Father...he will be deeply missed.

Shauna Young

May 6, 2019

It was Ricky's wildly off balanced sense of humor that attracted people to him. But once you're there it was his incredible kindness that kept you! Many of us in the liberty movement (and all the Rand Girls) will miss him for his humor and patriotism. As for me, I will most miss our late night talks about how crazy being in healthcare can be, trying to stay light in an oftentimes dark world, and seeing who could make the stupidest joke or most obscure pun. You left us too soon you big bonehead, and I will miss you...

Cynthia Counsil

May 6, 2019

I never got to meet Ricky in person, but he was a beloved Facebook friend whom I met through a shared love of liberty. We’ll all remember his jokes, interspersed with profound wisdom, but my favorite memory is of his incredible kindness. Ricky knew about my husband’s serious health problems, and when Hurricane Irma was headed our way in Florida, he reached out to me. He gave me his phone number and said that if Chris had a medical emergency to call him and he would help as best as he could from Virginia. He is missed already, by so many of us. To his children and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Just know that he truly made a difference and touched so many lives.

Terri Covington

May 6, 2019

Jack and Wendy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your father was a wonderful man. He was a great nurse , we worked together every day and he was always calm, compassionate, caring and always willing to help. He fondly spoke of you both very often. May you find strength, comfort and peace in this difficult time. He has gained his crown and joined your brother and know that you will reunite with them someday; until then, live your lives knowing that your father was a special man and touched so many of our lives. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.🙏

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Biography

Richard Edmund Clayton, RN died suddenly on Wednesday, May 1 2019. Son of the late Sharon Pappas and Morris Cohen of Passaic NJ, Richard lived in various states of the US with New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia being his preferences. He is survived by his daughter Wendy Clayton of Chicago and his Son John (Jack) Clayton of Richmond.

He was a graduate of William Paterson University and John Tyler Community College and also studied at Life Chiropractic College. Richard was a successful and quick thinking Registered Nurse, after having worked for various hospitals, correctional facilities, long term care facilities and even had a stint as a Travel Nurse going where the medical need took him.

A staunch Libertarian, Richard loved weapons and constitutionally set forth gun rights, comedy and humor via one-liners, Vietnam war films, hiking and camping, and, endearingly, Disney World in Orlando. He was committed to his three children, which were his greatest joy in life.

Funeral services will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, May 18 at Woody’s Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel 1020 Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113. His ashes will be divided and dispersed between Mile Post 75 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Atlantic Ocean across from where he lived in Virginia Beach. The remainder will be buried in his previously established resting space with his late son Richard Edward Clayton. at Dale Memorial Park which is located within Pocahontas State park, a location greatly loved by Richard.