Clay Nunnally (1941 - 2018)

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Professor Emeritus Clay Nunnally, 76, passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2018. Clay was born in Birmingham, Ala., and received his Ph.D., in 1968, from Texas Tech University in Romanticism and Victorian literature.
With adventure in his step, Clay moved to Alaska in 1971, accepting an English position at Anchorage Community College and later University of Alaska Anchorage, teaching for 45 years. He retired May 2015. He loved teaching, had a passion for his students and will be remembered for his pince-nez glasses, three-piece suits, always with a carnation, and his Southern charm and gentle disposition. He could recite lines and poetry from memory to great effect. UAA has a Clay Nunnally teaching award to honor his excellent teaching.
Clay built his dream cabin in Girdwood, Alaska, in the woods with a creek in the backyard.
Clay and his wife Linda knew each other for 35 years and traveled to Scotland in 1994 to say their vows in the oldest Church of England in Edinburgh. They had a fairytale wedding and honeymoon.
Clay and Linda were often seen walking through Girdwood waving to friends, having conversations with anyone they met along the way. They enjoyed traveling Alaska, camping and hiking in the great outdoors. He never lost the crease in his jeans or his impeccable manners.
Since retirement, Clay and Linda loved spending every moment together, whether it was reading their favorite books or listening to rain on the tin roof. On a whim, they would drive to Seward, Alaska, for the day. They loved hosting family gatherings and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clay is survived by his wife, Linda Nunnally; niece, Sally Nunnally; stepchildren, Rodney Higdon (Lisa) and Tia Salas (Nathaniel); grandchildren, Colin and Ryan Neace, and Ellie and Chris Hamerlee; and great-grandchildren, Cooper and Winsor Clay Neace, and Shia and Rowan Hamerlee.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 15 to May 16, 2018