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Town of Clayton to Host Memorial Service for Former Town Manager Steve Biggs

04/13/2017

In Memory of
Robert Steven Biggs
June 1, 1963 - April 12, 2017

The Town of Clayton will host a public memorial service for long-time Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18th inside the historic auditorium of The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in Downtown Clayton. 

A visitation with the family will follow the memorial service. A private interment will be held later in the day.

GOVERNMENT SERVICES PAUSED TUESDAY 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.Customer Service, Planning, Engineering and the Clayton Library will close Tuesday, April 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate an 11 a.m. public memorial service for former Town Manager Steve Biggs. We anticipate crowds at The Clayton Center/Town Hall, and nearby parking will likely fill up. If you need to pay a utility bill, set up services or obtain a permit, please come to Town Hall before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m.  Thank you in advance for your patience. The Clayton Community Center will remain open for recreation.

Biggs, 53, who retired last June after nearly 20 years as the Clayton Town Manager, passed away Wednesday morning in Virginia, where he had been serving as the Town Manager of Christiansburg. 

Since hearing the news of his death, many have reached out to the Town to ask about sending flowers and donations. Please check the McLaurin Funeral Home Memorial page for updates on that information.  You'll also share memories and express condolences there.  Pastor Ray Lines has set up a separate page to help raise funds for the family as they work to get through the next few months following Steve's sudden death.

We ask the community to focus on celebrating Steve’s life and work in Clayton. 

“Answers are difficult to come by and our hearts are broken and full of grief,” Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod said.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve’s wife and children. We can all take pride in the fact that the legacy Steve Biggs created and built in Clayton will live forever.”

The Mayor’s fellow Councilmen echoed his statements. 

“Steve was an unbelievable civic leader,” Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis said. “A leader with unquestioned abilities to make extremely hard decisions that, for the most part, were highly successful decisions that molded Clayton into the town it is today. Steve loved his wife and children beyond reproach as evidenced by the commitments he made to them throughout the years. I don't know that I've ever seen husband and father with such a strong commitment toward his family. He will be missed but not ever forgotten.”

Steve Biggs left a tangible mark on Clayton in so many ways, Councilman Jason Thompson said. “All you have to do is look around our vibrant town and you can see so many things Steve was a part of. Steve made Clayton a better place, and he will be dearly missed.”

While still in his early 30s in 1997, Biggs took over the helm at the Town of Clayton during some troubled financial times for the municipality. Biggs is credited for turning the Town’s finances around, and he helped usher in many successes, including the exemplary public-private partnership that helped the community save two abandoned school houses and transform them into The Clayton Center – a modern Town Hall and performing arts center that continue to serve the Town. Many agree the buildings might not be standing without Steve.  Today, the flags there remain at half-staff in his honor. 

Over the years, Biggs became more than just a manager, Councilman Butch Lawter said. He became a good friend.

“I was elected to Town Council in 1999 and we had a great professional relationship,” Lawter said.  “He was one of the smartest people about more things in local government than anyone I had ever met. He seemed to have knowledge of everything and while, technically, I was his boss, I learned so much from him about how to lead and work with people. I watched him grow from someone who was not involved in 1997, to someone who was more involved in the community than most anyone. Over the past 20 years, we became good friends and I’m certainly going to miss him. He left his mark on Clayton, that’s for sure.” 

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Media inquiries about access to the memorial should be directed to Public Information Officer Stacy Beard at 919-358-0348 or sbeard@TownofClaytonNC.org  

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