August 28, 1926 – March 15, 2019
J.B. Lay, 92, of Miamisburg, passed away Friday March 15, 2019 in Heartland of Miamisburg. He was born August 28, 1926 in Estill County, Kentucky, the son of Price and Tressie Lay. He was a member of the Miamisburg Nazarene Church, where he served as song leader, Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. J.B. worked at A & P Grocery Store and Freedom Foods. He is survived by his daughter Marilyn Jean (Bud) Current; son, Jerry (Sandra) Lay; grandchildren, Amy Levi, Kim Keller, Jeremy Current, Jason Lay, Judith Atkinson and Justin Lay; 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Florence Lay, brother Charlie Lay, sisters Eva Cox, Leona Webb, Della Lay, Irene Lay, Magi Lay and Beulah Lay. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday March 20, 2019 in the GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hillgrove Cemetery. You may express condolences to the family at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com
- Gathering of Family & Friends Wednesday, March 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rev. Bob Herdman
March 30, 2019
I met J.B. when he showed me around Miamisburg First Church Church of the Nazarene, J.B.s church home for nearly 60 years and my, soon to be pastorate. From our first encounter to the last J. B was a consummate gentleman, family man, friend, and churchman. He was a strong advocate of the institution of Sunday school and taught effectively most of his life. He believed just as strongly in his church and it's cardinal doctrine of heart holiness. Ne believed, as the church, that a person could be forgiven of sins and subsequently experience the purifying of the heart from the carnal selfish-self. He experienced and lived out both experiences and a full life in between.
I sincerely loved J. B. Lay and respect him as one of the very best men I have met in about 40 years of pastoral ministry.
His church, I, and all the pastors and others who had the privilege of serving with him already miss him dearly and greatly!
Thanks J.B. for a life well lived!
Bob Herdman, Pastor,
Miamisburg First Church of the Nazarene
March 20, 2019
I remember as a teenager playing golf with my grandpa and my dad. The way my grandpa played golf was a perfect metaphor for how he lived his life. He would always walk the course instead of riding in a cart. It showed his grit and frugal nature. Why pay for something just to avoid a little extra effort? He would take the very conservative approach of hitting the ball a hundred yards at a time, yet keeping it safely in the middle of the fairway. There weren't risk/reward decisions. No big risks were taken and no big rewards were gained (and no penalties either). Meanwhile, I was swinging with 110% and hitting the ball two times as far...into the trees, and the water, and the sand. When the hole was done, he would almost always log fewer strokes, but he didn't gloat. He merely tried, and succeeded in many ways, to demonstrate that there is a simpler way of playing the game. He will be missed.