Virginia Clay
1930 - 2018
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Virginia Lee Clay

1930 ~ 2018


Virginia Clay, age 87, departed with the angels on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her church family, Sunday school class, baking (especially desserts) and spending time with her husband planting flowers and keeping the birds and squirrels fed.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Lelia Peters, a son, Gary Clay, sisters Elizabeth McWilliams and Marie Wells, brothers Thomas and Robert Pope, and James (Pete) Peters.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Guy A. Clay Sr., a son Guy Clay Jr. and his wife Susie, four grandchildren, Jared and his wife Laura, Shelby Clay, Brianne Clay and Nathan Clay, 5 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Landon Fielder, Jaxin Clay, Carter and Cooper Clay, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia was blessed to have all of her family living in Gulfport.

Virginia was born in Bolivar County in north Mississippi and moved to the coast in 1941. She was a graduate of Perkinston High School and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Hattiesburg. She was an office nurse for the late Dr. Rogers before working at the VA Hospital where she retired after 30 years of service. After retirement she and her husband enjoyed visiting landmarks, gardening, church and family gatherings.

Virginia was a long time devoted member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Lakeview Nursing center, Charlie Ray (Pastor), Grace Memorial members and friends who offered prayers and support daily.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 10 – 11 am at Grace Memorial Baptist Church, 2301 23rd Avenue, Gulfport. The funeral service will be at 11 am in the church. Burial will be in Floral Hill Memorial Gardens.

The RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, is serving the family and an online guestbook may be signed and condolences offered at

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Published in The Sun Herald on Apr. 17, 2018.
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April 18, 2018
So saddened to learn of Aunt Virginia's passing. It must have been a glorious homecoming for you. I send love and prayers to Uncle Guy and Guy Jr. and the family. Aunt Virginia was such a loving and happy person in my life growing up and I know she is having a beautiful reunion with Gary and my parents. Rest in peace Aunt Virginia, you will forever by loved.
Cyndi Little Shapley
April 17, 2018
I'm so saddened to hear of Mrs. Virginia's passing but I know she is with our Savior now. She was always such and encouragement to me while I was in nursing school and struggling to manage a house full of boys. She was a fixture at Grace Memorial and I'm honored to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they grieve. Love-Amber & Richard Hartfield (& Austin, Aaron, and Matthew) ❤
April 17, 2018
I worked many years with Mrs Clay at the VA. She was very special working with her patients.
Alex Morningstar
April 17, 2018
Rest In Peace sweet Aunt Virginia. I know there were many loved ones to greet you as you entered Heaven. Much love to Uncle Guy, Guy, Jr., and her grandchildren and other family and friends. ✝
Deedy (Little) Strickland
Deedy Strickland
April 17, 2018
We are all heart broken to hear of Aunt Virgina's passing. She was a wonderful, caring, kind & loving person who always put others before herself. May the Lord guide Uncle Guy, Guy Jr & family with His loving hands through this difficult time. Our hearts & prayers are with you all.
Suzi Corich
April 17, 2018
We are deeply saddened to learn of Aunt Virginia's passing. To Uncle Guy, Guy Jr., and all the family, we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. May our Father God envelope you in his comforting arms giving strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. We love you.
Debi and George Payne
April 17, 2018
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Riemann Family Funeral Homes
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