Joseph Kerr Gay

Joseph Kerr Gay


      Sargent First Class (SFC)  Joseph Kerr Gay transitioned to his spiritual home on May 27, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.

     Joseph, born in Stantonburg, North Carolina was the son of Robert Gay and Martha Edwards.  He attended Charles H. Darden High School in Wilson, NC. There he met his future wife Ruby C. Moore.  (Proceeding him in passing 2019) Joseph enlisted in the US Army in 1951, rising to the rank of Sergeant first Class (SFC)

     Joseph enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with his family.  He valued education, earning an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Joseph worked as an Archivist at the federal government’s National Archives for 22 years.

     Throughout his life Joseph was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  His memory is inscribed in the hearts and minds of his survivors. Son - Dimitri Nicanor Gay of St. Louis, MO, Daughters – Ursula D. Gay-Furse (Jerry) of Augusta, GA, Tondra G. Thompson (Maurice) of Ypsilanti, MI, Margarita A Gay of Philadelphia, PA; Grandchildren Jaquan E. Thompson, Kenyon M. Thompson of Ypsilanti Michigan, Step -grandson Brandon M. Furse (Jasmine); Great Grandson Brandon M. Furse Jr., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends from a life well lived.



                                                   In Lieu of flowers, send donations in Joseph K Gay’s name to

                                                                       Dementia Society of America







                                                  Don’t Spend too much time Mourning

                                                            Tears are for the sad

                                                            I left to be with Jesus

                                                           This should make you glad


                                                        Don’t waste your hours Grieving

                                                            No need to feel distressed

                                                          I’m tired of life’s frustrations

                                                            And had to get some rest


                                                        Don’t vex yourself with Questions

                                                               Or try to reason why

                                                            Life here for me has ended

                                                               It came my time to die


                                                          Don’t lose the love I gave you

                                                               Feed it with your care

                                                               Grow it with devotion

                                                             And spread it everywhere


                                                          Don’t fret because I’m Leaving

                                                                 Came in such a way

                                                            We’ll have another meeting

                                                                  In God’s eternal day