Raymond Clay Sr., 92, B&O; supervisor


Raymond "Stack of Dollars" Clay Sr., a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad supervisor and University of Maryland groundskeeper, died of prostate cancer April 22 at Howard County General Hospital. The Laurel resident was 92.

Mr. Clay was born and raised in Wilson, N.C., and came to Baltimore in the early 1930s when he went to work for the B&O; on a track gang. He was later promoted to supervisor.

From 1956 until retiring in 1976, Mr. Clay was a groundskeeper and supervisor at the University of Maryland, College Park, where one of his responsibilities was Cole Field House.

Mr. Clay's unusual nickname was born of generosity.

"He always carried a stack of dollar bills in his pocket, which he gave away to people who needed help," said Diane Moore, a granddaughter.

In his spare time, Mr. Clay built homes that he later sold, family members said.

He was a longtime member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church.

In 1930, Mr. Clay married Lula Belle Harris, a homemaker who died in 1990.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia.

Mr. Clay is survived by three sons, Raymond Clay Jr., Robert Clay and Roger Clay, all of Laurel; two daughters, Lula Hawkins and Lucille Harris, both of Laurel; 28 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

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