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Robert Vincent Clay

June 28, 1957 ~ November 24, 2017 (age 60)

Mr. Robert Vincent "Vinnie" Clay, age 60 of Chester, VA; (formerly of Sanford, NC) passed on Friday, November 24, 2017 in Sanford, NC. 

Mr. Robert Vincent “Vinnie” Clay, was born in Sanford, NC on June 28, 1957 to the late William Arthur Clay and Lillian Beatrice McDougald.  He transitioned from this life to eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, November 24, 2017 in Sanford, NC.

He is a 1975 graduate of Sanford Central High School, Sanford, NC.  He then attended North Carolina A&T State University, NC where graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture/Urban Planning and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 

Robert then served six years on active duty and eighteen years with the U.S. Army Reserve.

On February 4, 1984 he married Jo Ann Mason.  They were married for thirty-three years and to this union one child was born, Jasmyne Victoria Clay.

Robert’s career:  Chesterfield County Planning 1987 until his retirement in 2016, and then returned as part-time employee.  He was an active member of VOFM serving in Logistics and Youth Explorers.  Robert was also an active volunteer with Mended Hearts.

Outside of work Robert enjoyed, golfing, fishing, bowling, spending time with youth at church, family and friends. He was a proud member of Pershing Rifles, a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann M. Clay; daughter, Jasmyne Victoria of the home, Chester, VA; brother, Michael Clay (Sanford, NC); sister, Janice Petty (John) of Cameron, NC; father-in-law, James Mason Sr., (Bayboro, NC); aunts: Effie Lyles (Richmond, CA), Kimetha Watson (Flint, MI), Wilma Mitchell (Grand Prarie, TX), Gladys (Sanford, NC), Linda Clay (Sanford, NC), Tammy Clay (Augusta, GA), Gracie Palmer (Sanford, NC), and Ronnie Sue McLean (Sacramento, GA); uncles:  Willie McNeill (Norrington, NC), Michael Moore (Spring Lake, NC), and Rufus Gillyort, (Sanford, NC); aunts-in-law: Sarah Clark, Sallie Gaskins, and Catherine Riche (all of Bayboro, NC) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford

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 Service Information

Memorial Service
November 29, 2017

2:00 PM
Cameron Grove A.M.E. Zion Church
309 Vernon St, Broadway
Broadway, NC 27505

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