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Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:03

Tommy Gayle Clary

CLARY, Tommy Gayle, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 25, 2020. He was born on January 18, 1938, in Lawrenceville, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eldridge “Al” and Frances. He is survived by his children, William Eldridge “Al” Clary (Tanya) of Stony Creek, Va., Stacy Dunn (Barry) of Raleigh, N.C., and Tamara Clary of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Nash Dunn, Lance Dunn, Mary Ryann Clary, Ashton Clary; great grandson James Dunn. He is also survived by his two sisters, Dian Munick of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bonnie Wallace of Wilmington, N.C., as well as nieces and nephews. In 1960, Tommy received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Citadel, where he also played collegiate baseball. Following graduation, he played for the Chicago White Sox organization for two years. He had a long and accomplished career as a superintendent for construction companies, building and repairing bridges in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1997, Tommy was inducted into the Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame as a four-year starter on the baseball team as a third baseman and outfielder. He will be laid to rest at the Oakwood Park Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Va, following a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Transitions LifeCare, transitionslifecare.org, or The Citadel, go.citadel.edu.
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16 comments

  • Comment Link Ann and Jim Berry Monday, 13 July 2020 08:59 posted by Ann and Jim Berry

    Tommy LOVED sports! Ann and I grew to cherish him beginning when we met at Trinity Baptist Church. A few years later, he overheard us praising LSU, our school. Thereafter, when LSU won a televised game, we could expect a call - many near midnight! We miss you already!

  • Comment Link Rick and Weezie Rawlings Friday, 10 July 2020 20:11 posted by Rick and Weezie Rawlings

    To Tommy Gale's family, I have spent many times hearing childhood stories of my husband, Rick Rawlings and Tommy Gale , some of them so dangerous that it's amazing they've come this far. The families were friends and Tommy Gale and Rick cared for each other like brothers. The good old days were just that. Love and sympathy ..

  • Comment Link Bill Belmonte Tuesday, 30 June 2020 10:47 posted by Bill Belmonte

    My prayers and comfort to Al, Stacy and Tamara . Many fond memories and fun with Tommy Gayle on the golf course .

  • Comment Link Mary Anne and Lane Newsome Saturday, 27 June 2020 12:15 posted by Mary Anne and Lane Newsome

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Memories of the years we spent as neighbors have come flooding back. Peace be with you all.

  • Comment Link Gary Mills Saturday, 27 June 2020 09:06 posted by Gary Mills

    Our men's TNT small group Bible study group at Trinity will not be the same without Tommy. He was a member for several years and we will miss our friend and his lively stories!

  • Comment Link Susan Freeman Friday, 26 June 2020 21:06 posted by Susan Freeman

    Al and Tamara, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Comment Link Keith Harvey Friday, 26 June 2020 18:35 posted by Keith Harvey

    Prayers to you and your family Al. He was a great man and always treated us well

  • Comment Link Rhonda Davis Friday, 26 June 2020 16:46 posted by Rhonda Davis

    Tommy will be missed at Trinity Baptist. We will miss his smile and great stories. Our prayers for you and your family.

  • Comment Link Heyward and Donna Maynard Friday, 26 June 2020 16:11 posted by Heyward and Donna Maynard

    Stacy and Family, Sending prayers for comfort for all of you!! We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know your Dad. He loved his family, Trinity Church and The Citadel! Dad!! We had many good times together, and will truly miss him!

  • Comment Link Jerry Carpenter Friday, 26 June 2020 10:43 posted by Jerry Carpenter

    Tommy, you will be missed Sir! Love to the Clary Family from another Brunswick County resident of long ago!! My deepest sympathy!

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