Jay Charles Willard

December 21, 1942October 9, 2020

Mr. Jay Charles Willard passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at his residence on Signal Mountain, TN. Jay was a native of Chattanooga, born on December 21, 1942. He served in the US Air Force and was a member of the Presidential Honor Guard. He retired from Heating and A/C sales. Jay was a member of Wayside Presbyterian Church for 53 years. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Mary Willard; sister, Janet Brock; and brother, Joseph E Willard. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” Willard; son, Jay C. Willard Jr. and wife, Heather of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Jonathan C. Willard and Keatley H. Willard of Knoxville, TN; and brother, Jerry C. Willard of Cleveland, TN. There will be a memorial service for Jay at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13th at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, Hixson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the American Kidney Foundation or to Wayside Christian Preschool. Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Laura Reinert

October 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of our years on Signal Mountain and at Wayside Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord comfort you during the days ahead and give you peace.
Laura & Vic Reinert

Chelsae Moore

October 12, 2020

Our family loved Mr. Willard, and we were so sad to hear of his passing. Mr. Jay and my son Garrison (almost two years old) bonded during a visit to the Willards' home after we discovered that their birthdays were a day apart! He will be greatly missed!

Larry Matthews

October 11, 2020

Very saddened to hear of Jay's passing. We served together in the USAF Honor Guard in Washington, DC. during the 1960's.
It was an honor to know him. He was a great gentleman.
Larry Matthews, Florence, SC

Jack Case

October 11, 2020

I am sadden to hear about Jay. I had not seen him for many years, but I remember all the fine moments I enjoyed with him at the EPB. I "was" a redhead also and we joked with each other often about this. The "Electric League" outings were never the same after Jay left EPB. I will not be able to attend the visitation due to my wife's recent surgery, but know you and your family are in our prayers.
Jack Case, Retired EPB

Heather Foster

October 11, 2020

Growing up with Robin, I have great memories of spending time with “Uncle Jay” and “Aunt Gerri.” He was always kind and always had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know, you and Little Jay, along with the Cherry’s are in my prayers.

Elaine Scott

October 10, 2020

Gerri, I am so sad about the passing of Jay. I enjoyed all the times we had together at Wayside and especially family camp. I remember our last conversation at your home a number of years past. You have great support from little Jay, Sandy and Ray. I live out of state now but my heart and prayers are with you. Barry and Elaine Scott

Susan Waggoner

October 10, 2020

Jay was a wonderful brother (in-law). He loved his family unconditionally. I’ll miss his stories and smile....Was always there when you needed him most....Deepest sympathy....

Gerry Rowland

October 10, 2020

Gerri I was saddened to hear that Jay had passed. I remember some good times with you all at Wayside. 🙏🙏🙏❤️🙏🙏🙏Gerry and Kimbie


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