November 18, 1922 - February 15, 2017
Born in Nebraska
Resided in Arnold, MD
Clay was born in Panama, Nebraska in November of 1922, graduated as valedictorian from Brock High School and attended Ball State University in Indiana. However, after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, Clay enlisted in the Navy before finishing at Ball State. Beginning his service in Washington DC with a naval cryptographic unit, Clay was later stationed in Australia and finished his Naval career stationed at Pearl Harbor. After retiring from the Navy, Clay enrolled in medical school at Johns Hopkins in 1949. After completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at Harriet Lane at Johns Hopkins in 1956, Clay moved to Anne Arundel County to join Dr. Philip Briscoe and Dr. Neil Sims, who pioneered the first pediatric practice in Annapolis. The practice expanded to Severna Park and for 33 years, Dr. Norton partnered with Dr. Raymond Srsic and later, Dr. Sherman Robinson and Dr. Eleanor Noon, doing what he loved, taking care of children.
The most important thing in his life was his awakening to the gospel in May 1976, after his son Keith was killed in a skateboard accident. After retiring, Clay dedicated much of his time to his second love, prison ministry. He was on the board of directors of Mount Hope Prison Ministry in Hagerstown and was a faithful volunteer for 35 years, organizing Bible studies, volunteers and outreach to prisoners in Maryland. Clay served as an elder at his local church, Community Gospel, Pasadena, Maryland until his death.
He is survived by one sister, Dr. Lois D'Asaro of Marina del Rey, California, his three children, Pamela Bennett (Tom) of Arnold, Melinda Norton of Fairfax, Virginia, Mark Norton of Arnold; a son-in-law Tom Bennett; four grandchildren, Leia Joseph (John) of Washington D.C., Dr. Matthew Bennett (Bethany) of Charlotte N.C., David Bennett (Ashley) of Arnold, MD and Mark Bennett (Alicia) of Arnold, MD. He has 6 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, on Sunday, February 19 from 4-6pm. A celebration of his life will be held at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 710 Ridgely Ave, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401 at 11:00 AM on Monday Feb 20, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mount Hope Prison Ministry, 25 Summit Ave, Hagerstown MD 21740.
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