Jim D. Kay

Published 7:36 pm Friday, January 21, 2011

Jim D. Kay, 77, of Clanton died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Cherokee, N.C.

He was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Morocco, Ind. to the late Milton William and Blanche May (Purdy) Kay. He graduated from Morocco High School and attended Arkansas State University.

He served in the United States Army for 22 years, with two tours in Japan, a tour in Korea and three tours in Vietnam.  He was awarded the Outstanding Military Citizen of Georgia award for his commitment to community service.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion.  He was active in Lions Clubs International and previously served as district governor for Lions Club chapters in Georgia and Alabama.  While a resident of Florida, he was elected mayor of the town of Oakland.  Jim especially enjoyed family reunions, traveling, gardening and his cats.


In addition to his wife of 58 years, Dorothy A. Savoie Kay, he is survived by their five children: Steve Kay and wife, Dot, of Thomson, Ga.; Bill Kay and wife, Susan, of North Augusta, SC; Michael Kay and wife, Paige, of Smithfield, NC; Judy Pair and husband, Mike, of Birmingham; and Joe Kay and wife, Linda, of Noblesville, Ind.  He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. (CST) Monday, Jan. 24 at Morocco First United Methodist Church in Morocco, Ind., with Pastor Greg Wagoner and Pastor Greg Nobles officiating. Interment will follow at Morocco Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association, Inc., 700 18th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233.

Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared online at clapperfuneralservices.com.