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Jack Moore Gay

March 31, 1937 February 20, 2020
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On Thursday, February 20, 2020 Jack Moore Gay, loving husband, and father of two passed away unexpectedly at the place he loved most, the family farm, with the person he loved the most by his side.

Jack was born March 31, 1937 in Marlinton, WV to Lewis and Marguerite Gay. He received his BS from WVU and his MS degree in Animal Sciences from University of KY.
On August 11, 1962 he married Eleanor Gibson of Russellville, Ohio.
Jack was chosen to teach animal husbandry in Uganda, East Africa through the WVU and the USAID contract program. Their two sons, Russell and Travis, were born there during this life transforming experience.

Jack’s zest for life included many interests such as farming, reading, birding, playing Shanghai rummy, country music at high volumes, travel, golf, and most of all, spending time with friends and family.
His true passion was putzing around his beloved farm in Pocahontas County, WV on his tractor and “mule.”

Jack was known well for his quick and charming wit, infectious smile, and loving, gentle, kind spirit.

His parents, Lewis and Marguerite Gay and brother “Bob” Gay preceded Jack in death. His wife Ellie, and his two sons Russell and Travis, their wives Melissa and Tara, and six grandchildren Emma, Jack, Ethan, Kate, Miles, and Levi Gay survive him. In addition, his nephews, Kevin and Randy Gay, and their families survive him.
Church was very important to Jack. It did not matter which denomination or where in the world it was located. At nearly 83 he still had his Cradle Roll certificate from the Marlinton Presbyterian Church where, at some time to be announced, a celebration of his life will take place.
If you wish to make a gift in Jack’s memory, a donation to the 4H clubs of Pocahontas County would be very much appreciated to help send some child to camp.

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