January 13, 1965
Oysterman dies while at work in James River
Smithfield – Robert W. Claggett, Route 2, Smithfield, Negro oysterman, died, apparently after suffering a heart attack, about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, while unloading oysters from his boat, Dan, onto a buying boat in the James River, near Tyler’s Beach.
Robert Lee Osby, Route 1, Surry, an assistant on the boat, reported to Isle of Wight County sheriff’s deputies that Claggett had been hoisting baskets of oysters from his boat to the buying boat when he appeared to get weak. Osby took over the duties and when he did, Claggett crumpled over in the boat.
Dr. Bernard F. Jamison, assistant state medical examiner, was called to the scene, but the result of his examination was not made known immediately.
The body was taken to Poole’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, where rites are incomplete.
January 15, 1965
Robert Claggett Rites Saturday
Rescue – Funeral services for Robert W. Claggett, 78, Negro oysterman of Route 2, Smithfield, will be held Saturday at 1pm in Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
Mr. Claggett died, apparently after suffering a heart attack, about 3:30pm Tuesday while unloading oysters from his boat onto a buying boat in the James River near Tyler’s beach.
He was a deacon of First Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Laura Claggett; a daughter, Mrs. Jane Holmes of Smithfield; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. G. G. Campbell, pastor of Gravel Hill, will officiate at the funeral. The body will be taken to the church at 11am. Poole’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, is in charge of arrangements.