Willard Horace Gay
August 29, 1919 – September 22, 2013
ZEBULON – Willard Horace Gay, 94, died Sunday. He was the devoted son of the late Frank D. Gay and Rosa Pearce Gay.
A proud and loving husband, father, and grandfather he leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 66 years, Margaret Batchelor Gay; daughters, Clara Gay of Raleigh and Linda Reckenbeil and husband Kenneth of Richmond, Virginia, and grandchildren, Johanna Reckenbeil Behrens (Jared) and Adam K. Reckenbeil; sisters-in-law Margaret P. Gay, Thelma H. Gay, Doris B. Grissom and Barbara Jo Batchelor and loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his four siblings, Myrtie Etta Strickland, Wilbur Gay, Wilson Gay and Hilton Gay.
After high school Horace proudly served 43 months in the US Army stationed throughout the South Pacific during World War II. He then began a 35 year career in banking with Peoples Bank & Trust Company. Horace was a lifelong member of Zebulon Baptist Church.
Flowers are welcomed or memorial gifts can be made to the building fund at Zebulon Baptist Church, PO Box 366, Zebulon, NC 27597.
The family will receive visitors at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC on Tuesday, September 24, 7-8:30 pm. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net
A service for Mr. Gay will be held Wednesday, September 25, at 11 AM at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service at Zebulon Town Cemetery.