OBITUARY

Royden Meryl Hay

February 21, 1941March 22, 2021
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Royden Meryle Hay was an innovative, hard-working, and devoted man that believed anything was possible. He had faith in his ability to find solutions to anything. Roy thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature, matched with a quick and agile mind. Roy was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he said his mind to do.

Roy was born on February 21, 1941 at home next to Assembly of God church, and Humble, Texas. His parents were Gervis Weston and Ellen Ruth Hay. Roy was born in Texas, and traveled throughout various states with his family ministry.

His talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Roy‘s family relationships. Roy was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Robby Lynn Hay(Bullet) and one younger sister, Rhoda LaVerne Major.

As a young boy, Roy could be found tinkering with anything he could turn into something greater. Roy took part in building Street rods and also street racing. His whole life he was a huge car enthusiast.

After graduating high school in 1959, he went to the Air Force in 1962 as a missile specialist and had an honorable discharge in 1966 as a E-4.

Because he was a quick thinker and adapted to picking up on new things, Roy performed well in college. Theories intrigued him, and he was good at solving complicated problems. Roy earned his associates degree in 1967. On February 19, 1972 Roy exchanged wedding vows with Gail at the First Assembly of God of South Houston, Texas. Roy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and he was proud of it. Roy always wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable, and was always fed.

Roy was blessed with three children, Christi, Keri and Baylee. They also were blessed with four grandchildren, Baylee, Zackaria, Zahara and Zain. And also grand-dogs as Maggie, Carbon and Zola.

As a born inventor, he could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any situation. For example, in 1987 he helped rescue baby Jessica who had fallen in a 22’ depth well. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Roy was always good at getting a project started and training those around him to understand further. His primary occupation was a millwright. Roy always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed for others and family to get the job done.

Throughout his later years, Roy was an active member of the early Iron Car Club, Rodtiques and Blast From the Past. Some of his prestigious awards included trophies for his cars, such as the Hardluck Award, or People’s choice award. His favorite pursuits were building street rods and various custom work. His favorite vacations included traveling to out of town rod runs and car shows.

Roy loved his best dog friend Maggie Mae and also his grand-dog Carbon and Zola.

In retirement, Roy loved to go with his street rod buddies and eat out at Wendy’s, Burger King and Jack-in-the-Box for lunch.

Roy passed away on March 22, 2021 at home following a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Gail; his daughters Christi Elmardi and Husband-Ghani Elmardi, Keri Cutsinger and his adopted daughter Baylee Cutsinger-Hay; his grandchildren Baylee Cutsinger-Hay, Zackaria Elmardi, Zahara Elmardi and Zain Elmardi; His brother Robby (Bullet) Hay and Wife-Diana Hay; His sister Rhoda Major; sister by law Paula Cutsinger; brother by law Deryle Dumas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

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Bonnie Platter

March 25, 2021

Roy always had a smile and something to say; he was easy to talk to and would tell me about his latest hot rod project. My sincere sympathy to Gail and Roy's family.
Bonnie Platter

Chris Bloch

March 24, 2021

I worked with Roy in the 1980's. Roy was the most creative fabricator I have ever met. Roy built prototypes of specialized equipment used to commission power, refinery and chemical plants. This equipment is used all over the world and is still considered he state of the art. Roy was always willing to teach others and he did so with a smile. Roy always has a beard, but one day he had to go into a plant that required personnel to be clean shaven. When he came to the office the next day, he was dressed differently and asked the receptionist if he could see Roy Hay. She paged Roy to tell him he had a visitor in the lobby. We all had a good laugh that day.

Robert Hernandez

March 24, 2021

I only had the pleasure of knowing Roy for two
years. But I learned so much from him in that amount of time. He always made me feel so welcomed and part of his family in his home. He was so smart and knowledgeable about everything. There was never a question I asked him that he didn’t have an answer to. He was also always quick witted and had a joke for almost anything that anybody would say and it was funny every time. Words can’t describe how much I appreciate him welcoming me into his family circle and allowing me to get to know him and his family. I miss and love you papa and I’ll always be there for your family until we all see each other again.

Deb ( Louise) Lamica

March 23, 2021

A gentleman , polite , and caring. The first time I met Roy was at Christi’s wedding. It was as if we had known each other for years. Each time Gail would call me from the car , he was always yelling “ hey Louise “. ( Gail and Mine acquired nicknames)
My heart is heavy and sad , knowing the love and emotional heartache y’all are feeling ! Celebrate his life , his journey in this life was amazing, his beautiful family and so much more. Now his journey is with God and he is happy and healthy again and will live forever in your hearts. Love to you all ❤️❤️❤️

Dianna Watson

March 23, 2021

We've known Roy for a very long time even before Gail & Roy was married from the hot rods & Prince's Drive Inn and cruising from downtown Houston to montrose to westheimar parking garage. Roy would put the brake on & twill that big ol' '26 touring car round and round. WE ALL got ran out of their numerous times and told NEVER to come back. We rode with them one time and us in the back seat sit up higher than the driver & passenger & talk about wind tunnel!!
ONE last thing I remember someone came up to him at Prince's and said I bet that car ('26 touring blown) hauls A** ...Roy said it hauled all our A**es up here ...I never have forgotten that saying!
WE will miss Roy and his humor ..one of the goodguys ..RIP Roy..we love you ...
Randy & Dianna Watson

Baylee Cutsinger-Hay

March 23, 2021

My grandpa was the best, he would always take care of me and put me first so many times. He would always massage my feet or sneak me cookies in bed when my mom told him no. He raised me to be a car enthusiast, a respectable women, and a hard worker. I love him so much.

Love you papa RIP.

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Royden Meryl Hay believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Royden thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Royden was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

Royden was born on February 21, 1941 at home next to the Assembly of God Church, in Humble, Texas. His parents were Gervis Weston and Ellen Ruth Hay. Royden was raised in Texas.

This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Royden's family relationships. Royden was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Robbie Lynn Hay and one younger sister, Rhonda LaVerne Major.

As a young boy, Royden could be found tinkering. Royden took part in building street rods and street racing. In his spare time he was a huge car enthusiast.

He graduated from Banning High School in 1959. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He skipped a couple grades and graduated mid term ahead of his classmates.

Because he was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things, Royden performed well in college. He was always on a quest for knowledge and he relished the experience. Theories intrigued him, and he was good at solving complex problems. He always wanted to understand rather than judge. He earned his associate's degree in 1967.

On February 19, 1972 Royden exchanged wedding vows with Gail Anita Dumas at First Assembly of God of Houston, Texas. Royden was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Royden was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Royden was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs.

Royden was blessed with three children, Christi, Keri and Baylee. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Baylee, Zackaria, Zahara and Zain.

As a born inventor, Royden was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Royden was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Royden was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was as a millwright. Royden always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed and/or necessary in order to get the job done.

Royden served as an airman in the US Airforce. He traveled all around the United States on a train going to missile sites. He achieved the rank of E-4.

Throughout his later years, Royden was an active member of the Early Iron, Rodtiques and Past from the Past. He accumulated a long list of achievements throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included trophies for his cars. His favorite pursuits were building street rods and mustang front ends watching car racing and Nascar. His favorite vacations included traveling to out of two rod runs and car shows.

Royden was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Royden's favorites was Maggie-Mali a shutzi. They were best friends for 14 years.

In retirement, Royden continued enjoying his street rods and eating out with his friends at Wendy's, Burger King and Jack in the Box.

Royden passed away on March 22, 2021 at at home following a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Gail; his daughters Christi Elmardi and Keri Cutsinger; his grandchildren Baylee Cutsinger-Hay, Zackaria Elmardi, Zahara Elmardi and Zain Elmardi; his son-in-law Ghani Elmardi and his sister Rhoda Major.