Clay Vance Richardson, Jr. passed unexpectedly on Monday, December 5, 2016. He was born on November 2, 1947 to C.V. and Lola Monroe Richardson (both deceased). He married the love of his life, Doris Howell Caudill, on August 6, 1967 whom he affectionately called “Sugar.” Vance was a graduate of East Montgomery High School, N.C. State University and Harvard Graduate School of Management. He also served in the National Guard.
Vance worked hard and played hard. He loved Clayson Knitting Company and L’GAEL Manufacturing and put his heart and soul into both businesses. He also loved to dance, play bridge, golf up and down the east coast, and relax in Myrtle Beach, SC and Roaring Gap, NC. He was proud to be a member of Pinehurst Country Club, High Meadows Golf & Country Club and Olde Beau Golf Club. He was also a member of The Tin Whistles and Pinehurst Country Club Men’s Golf Association.
Vance cherished the time he spent with his six grandchildren with his wife always by his side.
He is survived by his loving wife, Doris Richardson of Pinehurst, NC; two daughters, Julie Elizabeth Richardson Goldston (Tony) of Newark, DE and Christian Monroe Richardson-Lemonds (Kevin) of Asheboro, NC; Six grandchildren, Luke, Gracie, AJ, Elijah, Lola and Andrew; brothers John and Joe Richardson and sister Louise Hartley and numerous other family members and beloved friends. He is also survived by his adoring mother-in-law, Elsie Mae Caudill of Candor, NC.
Vance will be remembered for his loud and infectious laugh, his passion for dancing, his bigger-than-life smile, and his generous spirit.
Family will receive friends on Friday, December 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the First Wesleyan Church,1368 NC Hwy. 134 N, Troy, NC 27371 with a celebration of life following officiated by Dr. Edward Lindsey. He will be laid to rest after the service in Pinelawn Memorial Park, 1105 W Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC 28374.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in Vance’s memory to the First Wesleyan Church of Troy.