Friday, May 15, 2009

15w2d - Papaw

Today is 15w2d. I can't believe it!!! I go back to the doctor Wednesday. I am going home this weekend to see Mom and Nannie.

Papaw passed away peacefully Sunday morning about 9 am. Nannie, Mom, Aunt Ann, Uncle Olyn, Lori, Amy, and I were with him. We had visitation Monday night and the funeral Tuesday afternoon. It was a beautiful service and burial. We had a military graveside service.

Funeral services for Talmadge Wesley “Dick” Clay, 83, of Enterprise were at 2 p.m. today at Enterprise Baptist Church. He died May 10, 2009, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, Meridian, had charge of arrangements.Mr. Clay was born July 31, 1925, in Noxapater to Hollie Talmadge and Abbie McBrayer Clay. He graduated from Noxapater High School in 1943. He married Virginia Murphy of Louisville on July 26, 1947, and they moved to Enterprise in 1952. He was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church and enjoyed more than anything fishing and playing with his great-grandchildren.Mr. Clay earned the rank of sergeant first class in the 186th Railroad Operating Battalion and served at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for GM&O Railroad for a few years before going to work for Southern Natural Gas in 1949 where he worked until he retired in 1985.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Chambliss.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three children, Ann (Sonny) Turnage of Meridian, Olyn “Sonny” (Gaytha) Clay of Aberdeen and Susan Moore of Enterprise; brothers, Mantel (Betty) of Louisville and Charles (Patricia) of Georgetown, Texas; a sister, Sylvia (Carlos) Cordon of Franklin, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Trey (Sidnette) Turnage of Brandon, Lori (Kenny) McGowin of Enterprise, Rae (Scott) Taylor of Orlando, Fla., Brandi (Nicolas) Johansson of Sweden, Wes Clay of Aberdeen, Amy (Todd) Brand of Meridian and Beth (Burt) Flanagan of Greenville; and six great-grandchildren, Essi Morales Turnage, Anna Kate McGowin, Macy Taylor, Mya Johansson, and Eli and Noah Brand. Mr. Clay was anxiously awaiting the arrival of three more great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were Clint Lee, Kenneth Murray, Cecil Melton, Steve Helms, John McPhearson, Wayne Kidd, Randy Kidd, and James Robert Kamper. Honorary pallbearers were Butch Goodin, Noffett Boggan, Charles Helms, Jimmy Helms, Dan Kersh, Mark Kidd and the Eugene Walker Sunday School Class.Visitation was Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, and one hour prior to service at the church.The Rev. Taylor Wallace, the Rev. Richard Cothern and the Rev. Arlis Nichols officiated.


Heather said...

So sorry to hear about your grandfather passing.

E. Hooker said...

Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. But, I'm really happy for you that everything is going great with the little one!

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