The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 2, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 2, 2013


Joan ‘Joann’ Clay

SAULSVILLE — Joan (Joann) Wahl Clay, 75, of Saulsville, entered the gates of Heaven to meet her Lord and Savior and to be reunited with family and friends on Thursday, February 28, 2013, after a long illness.

Born March 21, 1937, at Glen Daniel, she was the daughter of the late Elford and Wavie Cozort Wahl. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Clay; a son, Billy Joe Clay; and a brother, Darold Wahl.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Beth Cook and her husband, Kevin, of Saulsville; sisters, Joyce Johnson of Rockview, Lois Johnson and her husband, Chester, of Peterstown; Wanda Baldwin of Fairdale; and Cleo Crowder and her husband, Don, of Martinsville, Va.; brothers-in-law, Dick Cook of Beckley and Tom Clay of Saulsville; sisters-in-law Nancy Clay, Ruth Hrones and Martha Clay, all of Saulsville; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Clay worked for the Pocahontas and Wyoming County School Systems for many years. She was a former member of Mary’s Chapel in Edray and a current member of Saulsville Baptist, where she served as Sunday School and Bible School teacher, pianist, and choir member.

She enjoyed her pets, playing piano, reading, needlework, camping and Christian music. In recent years, she loved playing Bingo, working puzzles, and making crafts with her many friends at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab.

A service in remembrance of Mrs. Clay will be held March 2, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m., Rev. Michael Knotts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Henry Clay Family Cemetery in Saulsville. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mrs. Clay’s memory be made to Gideons International or to the Wyoming Nursing Resident’s Council Fund, New Richmond, WV.

Mrs. Clay’s family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Wyoming Nursing and Rehab for providing a wonderful “home away from home” and family atmosphere during her stay there. Words cannot express our thankfulness for their love and their impeccable standard of care.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Clay Family.

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