Rebecca Clayton Lea

August 6, 1955 - August 6, 2023
Rebecca Clayton Lea

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Rebecca “Becky” Clayton Lea passed peacefully away with her family by her side on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Becky was one of the few people who is blessed to have a birthday that coincided with their homecoming into Heaven. She turned 68 years old Sunday.

Becky was born the second child and the only girl to Billy and Eunice Clayton on August 6, 1955, in Roxboro, NC. She attended school in Roxboro and graduated from Person High School in 1973. She married Arnold Lea in 1973 and they had their only child together, Christi Nicole Lea.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents Billy Clayton and Eunice Brooks Clayton; her brother Michael “Mike” Clayton; and her beloved dog Biscuit, who she took everywhere she went.

She is survived by her daughter Christi Lea Osborne (Todd); granddaughter Tinsley Osborne; brothers Larry “Bo” Clayton (Marissa) and Barry Clayton; and her lifelong friend Frankie Day.

Becky held many jobs during her life, but the ones she is most remembered for were working at 49 Seafood, later Outer Banks
Seafood Restaurant, and North Carolina Virginia Warranty Services. Anyone who knew Becky or worked with her knew that she had an incredible work ethic and completed every job with precision and detail. No one was going to outwork her, regardless of the task at hand.

She loved working in her yard, and had a great love for plants and flowers. She truly felt at home when she was mowing, pulling weeds, planting flowers or doing anything that allowed her to use her green thumb.

In the last few years of her life Becky found that she had an unknown love for travel and adventure. She ventured out in a 46 foot RV to more than 28 states that she had never visited before, taking in sights such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Teton mountains, the latter being her favorite of all.

Becky was also known for being strong-willed, or to some people, stubborn. That stubbornness and tenacity was one of her greatest strengths, and many people admired her determination and grit. It was this determination and fight that kept Becky alive during the last several years of her life as she bravely and valiantly fought pancreatic cancer for nearly two years.

Becky loved her family and friends. She was an incredible caregiver to many friends and family members as they suffered through sickness and disease, whether it was sitting by their bedside, cooking a meal, taking them to treatment or appointments, or running errands. She was extremely loyal and a help to so many people.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare or an organization that helps cancer patients and searches for cures for this disease.

Becky’s wishes were not to have a traditional funeral service, as she did not want any attention to herself. However, there will be a remembrance and celebration of her life at a date to be determined later, both in Roxboro, NC, and Wilmington, NC.

In the meantime, please join us in expressing your condolences and sharing your cherished memories on the “Tribute Wall”.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, located at 1535 South 14th Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. The funeral home can be reached at 910-791-9099.

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  • August 12, 2023
    Kendal Williams says:
    I will never forget hearing Becky’s voice on my and. Christi’s answering machine saying “Christi” in her slow southern draw. I enjoyed Becky’s visits to Wilmington and our adventures.

  • August 10, 2023
    Diane Bowes says:
    Becky was my best friend and we spent many a night together. I loved her like a sister. She was so beautiful and a happy soul. We went skating together and I was with her the night the car hit her. Scared me to death. I will always remember you. ❤️

  • August 09, 2023
    Jamie West says:
    Christi Becky was a wonderful friend and high school classmate. She was so fortunate to have you take such good care of her. Please let me know when her Roxboro celebration of life will be.

  • August 09, 2023
    Laurie says:
    Christi, I am so sorry to hear about your Mama’s passing but how sweet to be with Jesus on her birthday! I’ve always heard that was an honor for very blessed people. Sending hugs and prayers. 🩷

  • August 09, 2023
    Robbin Turner says:
    Becky was beautiful inside and outside. I have such fun memories when were young. She always had a smile anytime I saw her in the last years. She truly has a special place in heaven. Better watch out for she and Cheryl up there!!