Jay Alan Comstock

14 April, 19465 October, 2021

Jay Alan Comstock was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, teacher, friend, and most importantly, Christ follower. God called him home on October 5, 2021, at 75 years of age.

Born in Pampa, Texas, Jay was the second son of missionaries, Jim and Lois Comstock. He was raised on the mission fields of Columbia and Brazil, along with his three brothers and two younger sisters.

Jay graduated from Taylor University in 1968 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1973. Jay served the Lord as a pastor from 1969 to 1984. His church assignments included Lindale Free Methodist of Quincy, Illinois; First Free Methodist of Lincoln, Illinois; Free Methodist of Florrisant, Missouri; and finally at First United Methodist of Carrollton, Texas. After earning an MBA from the University of North Texas, Jay continued to serve the Lord in his second vocation as an accountant and the Chief Financial Officer of Weir’s Furniture Village from 1991 to 2015.

Jay married his bride, Shirley Lee in June, 1970. He faithfully loved and cherished his wife for over 51 years. Together they raised their four children and were blessed with twelve grandchildren who were his delight and joy.

In his later years he enjoyed the hobby of woodworking and he became a skilled craftsman. He could often be found in his garage workshop, carefully and thoughtfully making gifts for his family. His treasured works include baby cradles for his grandchildren, jewelry boxes, nativity music boxes, vases, a wall clock, an ornate upright bass stand, and a beautiful prayer bench.

Teaching the Word of God was the constant passion of Jay’s life. He taught the two-year Bethel Series Bible class at least six times as well as several Sunday School classes, and to any listening ear on any given day. Most recently he taught at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon. Jay loved to help people grasp the story of the Bible and to know the Lord better. He touched many lives with his words of wisdom and insight.

Jay will be deeply missed here on earth. But we rejoice along with all of heaven at his home going.

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He is preceded in death by his mother, Lois Pippert Comstock and father, James Comstock.

Jay is survived by his wife, Shirley Comstock; four children, Kimberly Nilsson and her husband Robert of Prosper, Texas; Angela Pinson and her husband, Richard of Shady Shores, Texas; Bradley Comstock and his wife, Carrie of Shady Shores, Texas; and LeAnn Roberts and her husband, Khristopher of Carrollton, Texas; twelve grandchildren, Allan and Annika Nilsson; Micah Pinson; Madison, Caitlynn, Bryson and Hayden Comstock; and Isaac, Stephen, Daniel, Sarah, and Timothy Roberts; brothers, Bart Comstock, Larry Comstock, and Dale Comstock; sisters, Brooke Bruner and Paige Cunningham.


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Donna (Flowers) Neal

16 October 2021

I remember a man who loved his God, his family, and his brothers and sisters in Christ. I also remember his great passion for teaching others about His Lord and Savior. I always benefited from his classes and was taught by his words but mostly by his character.

His and Shirley’s friendship meant so much to my parents and to my family. I expect there is great rejoicing and fellowshipping in heaven now between his family and the many others that He eternally affected for The Kingdom.

May the Lord watch over you Shirley and each member of your family. May His abundant mercy and grace carry you through these very hard times and the days to come. I’m trusting our faithful God to hold you and comfort you. With love and big hugs. Donna

Earl Neal

16 October 2021

A lasting memory I have of Jay, from some 40 years ago, that has impacted my life to this day had to do with thankfulness as it relates to relationships and forgiveness. When l shared with Jay the bitterness I felt toward my Dad, he gave me one simple bit of wisdom which over years and to this day has transformed my bitterness to love. He simply advised that I think of one thing I was thankful for regarding my Dad. I followed his advice and that one thing became a list which helped me understand my Dad and his struggles and strengths.
Thank you Jay for your redeeming wisdom, which I have since passed to many others.
Earl Neal

Leia Hardimon

12 October 2021

Our family was so blessed to have been "adopted" by Jay- He and John spent hours upon hours discussing deep concepts in scripture. When John's dad passed- Jay came and stood with us the entire weekend- just being there and loving us. He loved our girls and treated them as his own - with prayers, teaching and a beloved puzzle gift he handmade just for Trinity. We had the privilege to share Christmas Eve, birthdays and baptisms with him. He loved our clan and we felt it... we knew we had the strong covering of his faith and prayers. We treasure the investment he made in our girls as we went as a family through Bethel this last time with him... the depth of wisdom and knowledge we gained from that class is something of great worth our girls carry for their entire lives- BUT the beloved investment and hugs meant even more to us each week. I treasure so many memories- but I'm mostly thankful for him being a spiritual father to my husband. Loving him as his own. Pouring into him time, wisdom, love and devotion. He didn't have to - he just wanted to- He loved John and his life showed it. I'm just so thankful to have seen that kind of love. - love like that is rare--- but oh so treasured!

Joe & Carla Vaughn

9 October 2021

Carla and I met Jay for the first time when we moved back to Texas after 10 years in Kansas. Since we had attended a Methodist Church in the past, we just naturally found a Methodist Church in Carrollton.
On our first introduction to Jay , my thought was “ silent and no nonsense – period” . Then we met his parents, Jim & Lois and decided that Jay could be nothing but nice. In our relationship with him and Shirley, they have been great friends, our teacher, our pastor, the minister over Christian education, Carla’s boss. Carla even taught Brad in pre-school, the 1st year CCA existed.
So over a period of 30+ years, we have been amazed at how wise and caring he was. We have been blessed beyond measure and will truly miss him.

Faye Comstock

8 October 2021

The last time I spoke to Jay, he was in a hospital bed awaiting news about what was going on in his body. When I stood by his bed and greeted him, he asked how I was doing. When I said I was fine and the important thing was how he was doing, he replyed in typical Jay fashion “well, I’m hungry, thirsty, and in pain, but other than that I’m ok.” He didn’t moan or complain, he didn’t move restlessly, or show other outward signs of pain, he just lay quietly. He lived his life with grace, and he was the same at the end. Praise the Lord for the honor of witnessing a life well lived intil the end.

Larry Hanlon

8 October 2021

Jay was very skilled and had a God given gift of wisdom. Yet, humble, not bombastic, and a servant to his Lord, family, and friends. He was also driven to serve Jesus by integrating the Kingdom life into his everyday activities thus living in a consistent way that we are sure honored God.

We have been blessed most recently, while in Texas seeking medical treatment, to spend a large amount of time with Jay and Shirley. Our depth of conversations with Jay were rich. We talked about business experiences and our spiritual gifts and how we desired to use those talents to finish life well.

Weeks before Jay passed away, he was on a medication that changed his quiet personality a bit. Unlike ever before, Jay just loved to talk and share events from his life that were meaningful. How we enjoyed this "new" part of Jay! It was truly amazing to hear him recall theological truth and family history that could be applied to today's cultural situation. Jay's mind and thought process was always contemporary and always relevant to his consistent walk with Jesus Christ.

As Jay rejoices in Heaven, we will join a long list of those who will miss him. Instead of just missing Jay, we are sure that he would suggest that all of us use our time well and seek to serve the Lord in whatever we do or say.

Almost 50-years ago, Jay spoke in our wedding ceremony. He challenged us to use our lives together to create a beautiful tapestry of service for God's Kingdom. We still take that challenge seriously and were so blessed to know you as our brother-in-law.

Thank you Jay for the impact you have had on our family. We will always love you and your family too.

Larry & Carolyn Hanlon
Johns Creek, GA

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