Loy Lee Clem 96 of Strasburg Road (Warren County) passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.
A celebration of life of Loy will be conducted at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM. By Rev. Shelby DePriest. Burial will follow at the Clem- Golladay Cemetery.
Born March 9, 1916 in Fort Valley, Virginia, he was the son of the late Edward Lee and Lula Virginia Painter Clem. He married Frances Verabell Clem on September 28, 1935, he was 19 and she was 16. She preceded him in death in 2000 after 65 years of marriage. Their only child, Richard, was born dead in 1939. Loy’s brother, Lawrence and sisters, Frances Boyce and Louise Clem, also preceded him in death.
He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran churches in Fort Valley and was very active in the uniting of Mt. Zion and St. David churches into the new Faith Lutheran. He served in many offices in the church. Even though they lived in Waterlick, they never missed church in the Fort.
Loy retired from AVTEX after 41 years of service. In his free time, he pursued his passion for volunteering and helping his friends. He was often referred to as “bagman” because he enjoyed giving away most of the vegetables he grew in two large gardens. He gathered black walnuts in Warren and Shenandoah Counties each fall and after cracking them, he gave them to Faith Lutheran Church Ladies Aid for the fall Bazaar and to his friends. He also coordinated the recycling of used clothing and goods from many sources to those in need. He regularly visited Western State in Staunton and C-Cap in Front Royal. Loy never knew a stranger.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, Kenneth Clem of Woodbridge; sister-in-laws, Lois Polk and husband, Robert, Sr. of Edinburg, Dorothy Clem of Woodstock, and Sarah Clem of Greenville, Mississippi; nephews, Wayne Clem and wife, Pinky of Woodstock, Leon Boyce of Washington, D.C., Robert Polk, Jr. and wife, Amy of Lansdowne, Richard Polk and wife, Tracy of Bethany Beach, DE; nieces, Carole Wood of Springfield, Gayle Blair and husband, Whaylen of Woodbridge, and Elaine Hecht of Douglasville, GA; also many great nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Pallbearers will be John Crisman, Cecil Heishman, Charles Heishman, Charles Lichliter, Bill Mantz, and Charles Aschmann.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, c/o Mary Ann Huffman, 7408 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA 22652.
We would like to thank the staff at Consulate Health Care for the wonderful care and love they provided for Loy since 2008.