SGM Wyatt Leon Gay
September 8, 1936 – April 11, 2020
WENDELL – SGM Wyatt Leon Gay, 83, made his ascension to Glory early Saturday morning. He was born in Wayne Co. to the late Leonard William & Flora Leigh Johnson Gay. After 42 years of service, he retired from the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Rose Pace Gay.
He is survived by his children, David Gay (Connie), Donna Emerson (Brad), Donald Gay (Lorrie), Ric Chamblee, Ginny Upchurch (Jeffrey) & Tammy Liverman (Jimmy); sisters, Betty McDade & Evelyn Williams; brother, Sherrill Gay (Kay); grandchildren, Joshua Gay, Kristen Brooks (D.J.), Daniel McGee, Aaron McGee, Hannah Baker, Brandon Gay, Jenna Privette (Andrew) & Jamie Wilson (Tyler) & 5 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, East Wake Relay for Life.
A Private Graveside Service will be held at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com