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Warren Clay Church III

October 26, 1948September 9, 2021
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Warren Clay Church III passed away peacefully on September 9, 2021, with his family by his side. He was born on October 26, 1948, to Warren and Alyce Church. Clay loved the Lord and served Him faithfully in all things. He, through Fellowship Bible Study Center, was able to impact many lives at New Life for Youth in Southside and The Fix in King William. He also enjoyed his Tuesday morning Men of Ministry Bible Study.

Clay is survived by his wife Norma, of 44 wonderful years; a loving son, Kevin; a beautiful daughter-in-law, Megan; and 8 precious grandchildren, Cadence, Justus, Asher, Israel, Silas, Keilah, Patience, and Nevaeh - they were truly the apple of his eye and he boasted of them every chance he got! He is also survived by his sister Cheri Taylor (Dennis) and 2 nieces, Salene and Charlene of Texas.

Clay lived a full life and there is sadness for our loss but rejoicing for his gain! “Well done good and faithful servant!”

The family will receive friends Thursday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231 where a celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 17, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Fix Ministry in King William, 109 Commons Park Circle, Manquin, VA 23106. (Thefixministry.org)

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, September 17, 2021

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Patricia Ellington

September 18, 2021

Norma and Kevin,
I'm so sorry about Clay. It really hurt my heart when I heard this on Wednesday. Heaven has gained a good man. He was such a good Sunday school teacher. I shall always remember his jolly, up beat, good natured self, who loved the Lord. I have always thought of you all through the years. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
Love, Pat

Winnie Gaston

September 17, 2021

Kevin, your father was a very kind and thoughtful man. When I first met him I immediately loved him. He answered the calling of a servant for our Lord and I’m sure you’re so proud of him. Norma, being with your family and all your grandchildren will be a comfort until you see your beloved again. Praying for you all as you rightfully mourn a sweet, gentle soul.

Jennie Rose

September 15, 2021

Norma and Kevin, our family here in Blacksburg (which incidentally now includes not only us but both girls and their families) grieve with you over the loss of Clay. What wonderful neighbors you were all those years we lived on Dairy and Wendy and Cheri both have such fond memories of him and the times they spent with Kevin at your house. He was a true servant leader of our Lord and we know he was welcomed with open arms into Christ’s presence. Our prayers will be with you in the days and weeks ahead as you adjust to life without him.
Jennie and Larry Rose

Harry Slayden

September 15, 2021

Norma and family.
I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I worked at the State Corporation Commission when you worked upstairs in the Industrial Commission.
We had our first child at the same time and were at the hospital back in 78.
I’m so sorry to see this about Clay.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Harry Slayden

Debbie Delby

September 15, 2021

It was our honor to know and have Clay as our neighbor. What a blessing he was each time we talked. He showed Gods love in so many ways. Our loss is heavens gain. He now has finished his race and is in his heavenly home with His Lord. Prayers to Norma, Kevin and family for God arms of love to surround them each day for comfort and strength ♥️🙏

George Crockett

September 14, 2021


Papa Church was an exceptional man. I have soo many fond memories of him, his laugh, the love he showed, and the wisdom he imparted. My most fond memory was how he accepted me in his family. Growing up in an area where racism was very prevalent he opened his house and accepted another son. I’ll never forget the conversations with Curly (lol) and I to be good men, and how to live and walk in Christ.

Robert Throckmorton

September 13, 2021

Clay was one of the brothers in Christ who introduced me to the Emmaus ministry. He was a strong supporter of God’s ministry at Calvary UMC, when I served there. And he was a joy to have as a friend. The light of Christ shown through him in so many ways.

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