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V. Clay Johnston

V. Clay Johnston, 74, of Bedford passed away at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 28, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg on June 22, 1943. He was a son of the late Charlie E. Johnston and Mary W. Johnston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra L. Johnston.

Clay was a member of Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. He was an avid motorcyclist, accomplished woodworker, skilled sailor and outdoorsman. He graduated from Danville Technical Institute. He retired from Wiley and Wilson and Facility Dynamics Engineering. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Clay is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Kerr Johnston; two sons, Vernon Clay Johnston Jr. (Jay) of Rustburg and Lee Haley Johnston of Austin, Texas; brother, David F. Johnston of Forest; mother and father-in-law, Virginia and John Kerr of Lynchburg; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. In addition to his family, Clay is survived by his loving canine companion Chessie.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Clay’s memory, please consider The Salvation Army of Lynchburg, 2215 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501; or Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, VA 24121.

A private inurnment was held September 1 at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. A memorial service and celebration of Clay’s life was conducted September 2 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta.

To send condolences online, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

posted 09.06.2017

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