Transition: Charles A. Gay (Mar. 17, 1936-Apr. 7, 2017)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Charles A. Gay, 81, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. Charles was born in Acadia Parish, La., on March 17, 1936, son of Arcade and Clarisse (Duplantis) Gay. He is survived by one brother, Clifford Gay, of Welsh, La.; his wife, Diane, of Philo, Ill.; their three children, William A. Gay of Arlington, Texas, David A. Gay of Philo, Ill., and Ellen E. Gay of Irving, Texas and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charles lived in Welsh, La., for the first 42 years of his life, enjoyed a career as a medical technologist and a love of music. In 1978, Charles and his family moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he worked at the Eureka Springs Hospital and Family Medical Clinic. They retired to Philo, Ill., a few years ago. Charles was a kind, gentle, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 311 E. Madison Street in Philo, Ill. Internment of ashes will be held at a later date; a second service will be held in Texas. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic School, P.O. Box 266, Philo, Ill. 61864.