“"In 1983, I met Mr. Clay at the Virginia State Library when I was working on my master's thesis at Virginia Tech. When I told him I was writing about Congressman Matthew Clay, he began to offer research advice, contacts of Clay family members, and even several photocopies of Clay's own letters. His help was immense!"
“I was fortunate enough to have met Bob when, as the Chairperson of the South Carolina Genealogical Society's Annual Workshop in the 1990s, I invited him to be a presenter. His presentation was the hit of the workshop that year. We also had a chance to talk about our Smith Co., TN lines, and the contributions he frequently made to the Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society's Quarterly Newsletter. Although we did not have any direct genealogical ties, he later sent me info on a...
“So many members of the genealogical community owe Bob clay a big thamk you. He will be fondly and gratefully remembered by all that knew him. god Bless.
“Bob, the true Southern gentleman, will be missed by all that had the honor to meet him. Always ready to lend a helping hand to everyone. I enjoyed our many talks and trips to the airport to pick him up and take him back. My prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, Bob.
Linda Cheeks Pittano, Ohio
“Bob Clay was one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. He also kept me in stitches with his biting sense of humor! I loved Bob and will miss him. He taught me so much about Virginia law and her records that I will be forever in his debt.
“Bob's legacy will long be remembered by those of us whose lives he touched in lineage societies, by his publications, his heraldic art and in his personal daily life. Billie Jo Monger
“When I moved to Ellwood Avenue in 1987, Bob Clay immediately introduced himself and soon proved himself to be not only the best neighbor but also an incredible friend. I soon began to call him Uncle Bob so my two Boston terriers would be aware that he was nearby. The name stuck and, consequently, even my friends and relatives knew him as Uncle Bob. He was so generous in sharing his humor and his kind ways with me, and we found we shared many common interests, especially gardening. He...
“I met Bob at the Library of VA in the early 1990's when I started my Genealogical research on my family in earnest. Bob and I shared the family name CLAY, as my Mother's maiden name was that. I truly enjoyed meeting with Bob up to three times a year when visiting the Library of VA after that. We would go out for Dinner and then have a nice visit at his Home. Bob was my mentor and taught me how to search the Archives. I considered him a true friend and will miss him and our visits.
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Robert Clay passed away in Carthage, Tennessee. Obit is featured in Legacy.