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August 20, 1929 – April 10, 2023

On Monday, April 10, 2023, Clyde E. Gay, entered eternal rest at Bon Secours Southside Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.  He was born August 20, 1929, to the late Marvin and Mary Gay in Wakefield, VA.  He was educated in Sussex County Public School System.

Clyde attended and was baptized at Mars Hill A.M.E. Zion Church of Wakefield, VA, at an early age.  He served on the Trustee Board.

He retired from the Newport News Shipyard.  He loved baseball.  He was the coach and manager of the Wakefield Braves.  Clyde received several awards for “Coach of the Year” and “Manager of the Year”.

Clyde was a member of the Sussex County Public School Board from September 1995 until December 2003.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Theodore Gay and Marvin Gay, Jr.; two sisters, Alice Johnson and Eva Urquhart; and his devoted nephew, Benny Urquhart.

Clyde leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 71 years, Daisy Gay; devoted daughter, Janice “Barbie” Stringfield; grandson, Craig Stith (Stephanie); grandchildren, Chance, Samara and Saleece Stith; nieces, Marion Hamlin and Gloria Mason; nephews, Theodore Gay, Jr. and Scott Gunter; devoted cousin, Mary Ruffin; and a host of other relatives and friends.  Clyde also leaves a devoted caregiver, Audrey Bain.

Services will be held 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Willie Dixon, eulogist, Bishop Lewis Allen, officiating. The interment to follow at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

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