Clayton Allen Railey, Jr.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 2, 2019

(1931 - 2019)

Clayton A.Railey, Jr. Died of pneumonia on July 30, 2019,
in Easton, Maryland, after a long debilitation due to
Alzheimer's disease.

Born on 30 December 1931 in Washington, DC to
Clayton, Sr. and Eunice Railey, he had three siblings,
Eunice Macuch (Mac), George Railey, Sr. (June), and Jane Deckert (Emile).

He met his wife, June Ann Hillock at a fraternity party in 1949 at the University of
Maryland, where he swept her off her feet (she had come with another date) and they
danced unceasingly for the next 66 years, until she died in 2015.

Clay is survived by their five children, Clay (Don), Jack (Katherine), Kathy (Leo), Mark
(Frances), and Courtney (Jack), and 11 grandchildren.

He attended
Coolidge High School (1949), University of Maryland (1949-1951),
served in the army at Fort Knox (1951-1953), married June in 1954, and graduated
from Georgetown University in 1957.

He worked for IBM from 1960-1987; though IBM often stands for "I've Been Moved,"
he never accepted the numerous offers to transfer to Europe or to headquarters in
New York, always wanting to keep the family stable and intact among family, friends
and his native DC; family was everything to Clay.

He was always involved in his children's schooling and activities. At one point, he
served as the president of the CYO at Our Lady of Lourdes parish, though he had not
yet converted to Catholicism at the time. Friends teasingly renamed the CYO the
"PYO" (Protestant Youth Organization). While June and Clay were known for their
dancing talent (yes, June would say she was the better dancer because, like Ginger
Rogers, she had to dance backwards and in heels), they were equally accomplished
in their bridge playing. For years, they shared many a great evening with their bridge
club friends and playing duplicate bridge as well. They taught all of their children the
game as well, and the house was often filled with neighbors and family playing at two
or three tables of bridge. June and Clay always welcomed their children's friends into
their home without hesitation, and if someone(s) came at the last minute for dinner, the
family rule got invoked: FHB (Family Hold Back). Clay also enjoyed golfing with June
and their golfing buddies.

In 1971, June and Clay bought property on the Tred Avon River and built a house that
served as a second home for years before they both fully retired there in 1993. They
loved it here. In fact, Clay, not famous for traveling much out of his zip code (though he
did), once said, laconically: "Why would I want to travel anywhere else when everyone
else comes here for vacation?" In the end, though, it was the love that June and Clay
had for each other that animated their lives and the life they gave to their children and
to their friends. It was this love to which they danced for 65 years together, and which
gave others such delight to behold.

Contributions in their memory may be made to the Washington Jesuit Academy (900
Varnum St., NE, Washington DC 20017 ( or to St. Ignatius
Loyola Academy (300 E. Gittings St., Baltimore, MD 21230 (

The funeral mass will be at St. Peter and Paul Church, Easton, on August 7, 2019 at
10.30 a.m.

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