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James Randall Lay

October 8, 1926 — December 17, 2022

Rocky Top

 

James Randall Lay, age 96 of Rocky Top, TN, slipped the bonds of mortality putting on immortality December 17, 2022. James was born Oct. 8th,1926 in Pine Knott Kentucky to the late Thomas Jefferson Lay and Amanda Lay, growing up during the Great Depression.  James was the last surviving of 12 children. He was drafted into the Army shortly after his 18th birthday, was aboard a troop ship on his way to the South Pacific when the war ended. After military service he ventured to Detroit working in automobile assembly plants before returning to McCreary County Kentucky working for RECC electric before going to work for TVA where he retired in 1988 after more than 37 years.  He enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica in church and also serving as church clerk/treasurer for many years.  James also loved the outdoors enjoying gardening, bird watching and sitting on the porch with his late wife Reba. HE was also quite the cook when it came to beef stew, pinto beans and cornbread. Everyone who knew him called him Peepaw, a title bestowed upon him by his first grandchild.   
James is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Jefferson Lay and Amanda Lay, and his wife of 70 years Reba Lay, and his siblings Walter Lay, Virgil Lay, Hobert Lay, Kenneth Lay, Fred Lay, Raymond Lay and John Lay. Sisters Artie Stephens, Sally Manning, Flora Buttram and Marie Eignor,

 
He is survived by his children, James L. Lay and wife Wilma of Rocky Top, TN, Lewie E. Lay and wife Regenia, of Andersonville, TN. Janice Bailey and husband Roy of Clinton, TN. Kara Lehman and husband Paul of Powell, TN. 3 grand-daughters, 5 grand-sons, and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
 
The Family of James Randall Lay will receive friends from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with his funeral service following at 8:00pm on Tuesday December 20, 2022 in the chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN with Reverend Estel Sharp and Reverend Glenn Day officiating. Family and friends will gather at Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN no later than 10:20am Wednesday December 21, 2022 to prepare to go to Woodhaven Memorial Gardens for James’s graveside service and with full military honors at 11:00am.
 
Jones Mortuary LLC, of Clinton, TN. is serving the family of James Randall Lay.

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Visitation

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Chapel of Jones Mortuary

375 N Main St, Clinton, TN 37716

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Starts at 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Chapel of Jones Mortuary

375 N Main St, Clinton, TN 37716

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Burial

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Woodhaven Memorial Gardens

Edgemoor Rd, TN

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