Retired District Fire Chief Clayton Dewey Sink Passes Away

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Clayton Dewey Sink, 81, of Blue Ridge, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2005. He was born October 25, 1923, the son of the late Edward Sink and stepmother, Flo Sink. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea Vaughan Sink; and his wife of 47 years, Margaret Elizabeth “Libbie” Vaughan Sink. He graduated from Jefferson Senior High School and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. and served in the Mediterranean and Pacific Theatres of Operations during World War II. He later graduated from Virginia Western Community College and served in the Roanoke City Fire Department for 40 years, retiring in 1987 with the rank of District Fire Chief. He was a longtime member of Belmont Methodist Church and Huntington Court United Methodist Church. His surviving family includes his wife, Dorothy Constant Sink; stepson and wife, Kenneth and Pamela Vaughan; stepdaughter and husband, Cindy and David Halsey, all of Blue Ridge; grandchildren, Aaron Vaughan and wife, Anne of Floyd, Stephanie Reed and husband, Andy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sarah Vaughan of Blue Ridge and Emily Clark and husband, Jim of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Lauren, and Hannah Reed of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Autumn Vaughan of Floyd. Also his half sister, Carol Sue Magee of Windemere, Fla.; and stepsister, Louise Gelone of Roanoke. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 12 noon at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel with the Rev. Dick Jones officiating. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family suggests memorials be made to Huntington Court United Methodist Church or the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. for the Grace Center, 4 North Ridge Dr., Suite A, P.O. Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 22925-3019. The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2005 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel, 982-2100.

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