Clayton Quinton ‘Clay’ Nugent Jr., 100, possessed a phenomenal memory

Clayton Quinton “Clay” Nugent Jr., 100, of Virginia Beach, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. He was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Norfolk, Virginia.

He was the son of the late Clayton Q. Nugent Sr. and Pattie Williford Nugent. Clay graduated from Maury High School in 1936 and spent several years working in the building trade with his father and also working as a building contractor. These early experiences served him well during World War II, when he served in the U.S. Navy helping with the rebuilding of structures devastated during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, he went to work for Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association, retiring as a senior vice president in 1983.

Clay loved sports, especially baseball, and had a phenomenal memory for detail. His stories of watching the Norfolk Tars baseball team and attending New York Yankees baseball games with his father where he watched Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other greats play in Yankee Stadium were amazing. He could still give play-by-play accounts of some of the games he watched. Clay also had a special love of gardening and spent much time working in his yard and garden during his retirement years.

Clay was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Pattie Williford Nugent; and his sister, Kathryn Hayes Warren.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betsy Jones Nugent; three daughters, Catherine Hunter Costas, Betsy Pidgeon (Richard) and Susan Nugent; son, Clayton Q. Nugent III; four grandchildren, Christopher Costas, Nick Pidgeon (Nathalie), Courtney Robertson (Ian) and Ashley Holloway (Jason); and five great-grandchildren, Kane Costas, Isabella and Charlotte Robertson, and Berkley and Jackson Holloway.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their care and concern during the past two months and also the nursing assistants who provided such loving care both before and during Clay’s last illness, Sandra Mente, Grace Reyes, Abby, Juliet, Joel, Davee, Vickie and Maddie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Galilee Episcopal Church, 3928 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Mission or the ALS Association in Clay’s memory.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts..

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