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Monday, 14 January 2019 19:14

Robert "Bobby" Clinton Clary, Sr.

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Robert Clinton Clary, Sr., Ed.D., 87, died January 12, 2019. Dr. Clary was born on April 6, 1931, on the family farm in his beloved Valentines, Virginia, and resided there most of his life. A career educator, he began his education in a one-room school in Valentines and graduated from the University of Virginia (undergraduate school) and the University of North Carolina (graduate school). He served as Mathematics Supervisor for the City of Richmond, Mathematics Supervisor for the State Board of Education of North Carolina, and at his retirement in 1989 was School Superintendent for the Roanoke Rapids North Carolina Graded School District. Dr. Clary is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Lucy; his son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Lorrie Clary; his daughter and son-in -law, Mary Lynn and Dan Tanner; and his grandchildren, Morgan Clary, Jeffrey Raper, Justin Raper, Trey Tanner, and Will Tanner. He was predeceased by an infant son, William Rivers Clary, and a granddaughter, Meredith Tanner Smith. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville on January 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends at the family home in Valentines after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Dr. Clary.
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  • Comment Link JaVerne McPeters Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:13 posted by JaVerne McPeters

    When Bobby was still able to drive around by himself and my husband, John McPeters, could still work his garden, they were constantly sharing the cantaloupes and watermelons Bobby found somewhere and the tomatoes and berries John grew. Bobby would leave his finds on the porch or stop by to pick up what John left for him there. Sometimes I would see Bobby when he came and go out to speak to him. He was always in a major hurry and tell me he couldn't stay but a minute. In the course of conversation, Bobby would be reminded of something from times go by and the story would begin. He had some wonderful stories and was a master story teller and if there is any such thing, I am a master story listener and loved them. Time would fly by as we leaned on the hood of his car...pure moments of joy for both of us. I have already missed those moments.

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