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Services

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William G. “Bill” Harrington

06/02/1937 ~ 07/20/2018

Services will be held: 07/24/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Alexandra Blair Haywood

12/21/1991 ~ 7/19/2018

Services will be held: 07/24/2018

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Akemi Zahourek

09/14/1932 ~ 07/19/2018

Services will be held:

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Eileen Elizabeth Sullivan

10/16/1946 ~ 07/17/2018

Services will be held: 07/21/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

John Alton Ballard

06/09/1934 ~ 07/18/2018

Services will be held: 07/21/2018

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Terri Lee Rhoades

06/24/1954 ~ 07/17/2018

Services will be held: 07/23/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Jewel C. White

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Services will be held: 07/20/2018

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Gene Watts Jones

09/24/1929 ~ 07/15/2018

Services will be held: 07/19/2018

Robert “Bobby” Morris Clay



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09/13/1935 ~ 04/10/2018

Robert M. Clay 82, of Raleigh, NC passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada and returned to North Carolina shortly thereafter.
He was married for 61 years to Marie McGee Clay, his high school sweetheart, who survives him. They were married at Temple Baptist Church by Rev. “Bones” McKinney.
They have two children: Melissa (Missy) Clay and Robert (Rob) M. Clay.
Missy has one son, (grandson), William Zachary “Zack” Keith who is married to Jackie Elizabeth Keith and they have two children, Mackenzie Ann Keith and Brentley Morris Keith.
He was predeceased by his parents Robert M. Clay, Sr. and Beatrice Caviness Clay Morton. His father died when he was 6 years old and was raised at his mother’s family home in the Piney Grove Community in southern Wake County.
There were 13 children in his mother’s family and the Caviness family whom provided him love, support, care, teaching and guidance in his early life which served him well.
He attend Raleigh public schools, including Hugh Morson High where he was active in band, mixed chorus, sports, debating team and president of the graduating class of 1954. He was Mayor of Raleigh on Student Government Day, and an Eagle Scout. His classmates and other friends from high school remained among his most loyal and devoted friends for his life.
He graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill undergraduate and law school. While at Carolina, he was a member of the Fencing Team and competed with the Epee in NCAA championships in 1957. He was a member of the 30th Division Band of the NC National Guard as a trumpet player for 8 years and played with local dance band, “The Continentals”.
Following graduation, he joined the firm, Teague, Johnson and Patterson in Raleigh which evolved into Patterson, Dilthey, Clay and practiced civil trial law. He then joined the firm of Young, Moore and Henderson until his retirement in 2016.
He was regarded as an outstanding civil trial lawyer. He came to specialize in the defense of Medical Malpractice cases over the years and defended most hospitals and medical specialties in eastern North Carolina.
He was included in the book “Best lawyers in America” for more than 30 years and was active in the NC Bar Association.
He was particularly proud of the accomplishments of the young lawyers whom he mentored and nourished, and who have become very fine lawyers in their own rights.
Bob loved fishing and boating at Lake Gaston and Atlantic Beach.
Services will be held at Longview Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 17 at 2pm. There will be visitation with the family at the Church from 1pm to 2pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Longview Baptist Church (2308 New Hope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604) or the charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank the Rex Hospital and Duke Medical ICU teams for their excellent care and support.


Visitation

04/17/2018

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Longview Baptist Church
2308 New Hope Road Raleigh, NC 27604

Service

04/17/2018

2:00 pm

Longview Baptist Church
2308 New Hope Road Raleigh, NC 27604

Guestbook

  1. Charlene Langdon Lee

    I had the privilege of working with Mr. Clay for just under 20 years as a medical malpractice paralegal. Everyday I recall something that I learned from him about life and about defending civil cases. One of the most important things I learned was , as he often said, ” play nice”. He certainly practiced that principle every day that I worked with him . There are few people in your life outside of your parents who forever influence your life. In my life, Mr Clay was one of those people. It has been said, live so that when you are gone, it will have mattered. Bobby Clay MATTERED to a lot of people. Love and condolences to his dear family whom he loved unconditionally.
    Fondly
    Charlene L. Lee

  2. Kristin Christensen

    I was Mr. Clay’s secretary in the early 80s before I accepted a teaching position with Wake County Schools. He was a pleasure to work with. My condolences to his family.

  3. Cheryl Hall

    Missy,

    Charles and I send belated (due to computer problems) sympathy and condolences to you and your family at this time of loss. Your Dad sounds like a special guy who set a good example for his children/grandchildren. Hoping he left lots of good memories to make you smile when you’re missing him.

    Thinking of you…..Charles and Cheryl Hall

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