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Jack M. Lay

March 21, 1930 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 91)



Jack M. Lay, 91 of Oneida, Tennessee passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, with his family by his side.  He was born on March 21st, 1930, to Arlie M. and Orange West Lay in the same family home on 4th Avenue in Oneida where he passed nearly 92 years later.  He was a 1947 graduate of Oneida High School, attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1951.  

He enlisted in the United States Navy through the Officer Candidate School and was trained to become a fighter pilot.  He earned his wings in Pensacola, Florida just before the Korean War ended.  He flew some of the earliest fighter jets including the F9F Panther and F7U Cutlass.  He was honorably discharged in 1955 and returned to Oneida to work in the family furniture business.  

He continued to enjoy flying and proposed to his future wife, Sue Phillips Lay, while flying over Oneida. They were married on September 17th, 1960, and went on to have 3 children, Lisa, Jack Marvin and Jerry. He was a successful businessman in the Oneida area for many years.  In addition to serving as President of Lay’s Oneida Furniture Company, he played a lead role in the Lay-Simpson Furniture Store chain, he was a founding partner of the Independent Herald Newspaper and Cumberland Bowl in Oneida.  

He was active in the Oneida Lions Club, Scott County Chamber of Commerce and Alumni and Friends of Oneida Schools.  He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Oneida.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed weekly golf outings with a number of his friends for many years.  He also enjoyed fishing, playing tennis, working on the family farm and attending University of Tennessee football and basketball games.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Arlie M. and Orange West Lay, his father and mother in-law Willie H. (Bill) and Barbara West Phillips, brothers David Harold, William Joseph Donald (Bill) and Robert Burton (Bob), sister in-law Cynthia Lay and brothers in-law Sam and Hal Phillips.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years Sue Phillips Lay, daughter Lisa Lay Brumett and husband Jeff, son Jack Marvin Lay, II and wife Lisa VanCleave Lay, son Jerry Lay, 7 grandchildren Zach Brumett and fiancé Emily Conrad, Josh Brumett, Jacob Lay and wife Jasmine Jones Lay, Seth Lay, Jordan Lay, Maddie Lay, Isaiah Lay and special family friends Evie Newport, Austin Chambers, Allyson Swecker and Alyssia Terry.  He is also survived by brothers Allyn Lay, John Charles and wife Linda Lay, sister in-law Nola Lay, brother in-law Bob Phillips and wife Mary, many special nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.  Special thanks to caregivers Jessica Eads and Lisa Bryant for their dedication in providing compassionate care to Jack and his family his final days.  

Friends may visit with the Lay family on Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Philip Kazee officiating, and eulogy by Dr. Sean Lee.  Music will be provided by Allen Martin.

Committal service will follow in the Carson Memorial Park in Oneida, TN with full Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.  His grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.
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