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Milton H Isay

September 18, 1931August 31, 2019

Milton Henry Isay of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Stillwaters in Dadeville, Alabama and Terre Haute, Indiana died peacefully, at his residence, on Saturday, August 31, 2019. He was born on September 18, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Jeanette Myers Isay and Milton H. Isay Sr.

Milton is survived by his five daughters: Susan Isay of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beth Isay Sewell (Ken), Lisa Isay Pigg (Mark), Sharon Isay, and Christine Isay Lanier, all of Birmingham, Alabama; his ten grandchildren: Olivia, Michael, Zac, Ava, Katie, Maggie, Robin Aerin, Lily Ahree, Kelly, and Adria; and six great-grandchildren: Marilyn, Mark Abial, Ferran, Rebecca, Miles, and Graydon. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Pendergast Isay; brother, Richard Isay; and his parents.

Milton was a 1953 graduate of Haverford College, having studied Political Science and Economics. He spent the two years following his graduation serving in the U. S. Army as a map-maker, taking him to Virginia, California, Washington, and Alaska. Following his service, he began a long career with Mercantile Stores company which took him to Kansas City, Mo., Terre Haute, Ind. where he met Marilyn, and Montgomery, Ala. before he and Marilyn settled in Opelika to raise their family. He and Marilyn lived in the Opelika for 29 years where Milton was the General Manager of Montgomery Fair, which became Gayfers in Auburn. Milton served as the President of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and following his retirement, graduated Auburn University with a Master’s degree in History in 1998.

A celebration of Milton’s life will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday, September 14 at Roselawn Funeral Home in Terre Haute, Indiana. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alabama or Bridge Ministries in Birmingham, Alabama. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 14, 2019


Milton H Isay

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Daniel R Fascione

September 18, 2019

My condolences to the family on the recent loss of Milt and belatedly on the loss of Marilyn. Milt and I were roommates for four years at Haverford College, and went to Europe one summer. I visited Opelika once where I got to know Marilyn and enjoyed their company for a couple of days. It included a Saturday visit to the store, where Milt had brought in a promotional clown. I still keep a picture of the twins on my bureau taken in 1981 when they visited my house here briefly. Would enjoy hearing from Susan and chatting about their great parents. Milt had a marvelous temperament and was one of the kindest and most caring people I knew. My best to all of you.

Ike Scott

September 9, 2019

So many memories of growing up in Opelika and going to The Montgomery Fair with my parents and grandparents, and later with our children to Gayfers. Mr. Isay was always the gentleman, courteous, setting a good example for us rambunctious Scott boys! Our sincere sympathies to all the Isay Family as you celebrate Milton’s life!🙏

Ike J. & Rhonda Scott, III

Jackie Moon

September 8, 2019

I had the privilege of working for this wonderful man for 17 years at Gayfers. I never saw him lose his temper or his cool (and I'm sure there were many times he would have liked to)! He was the epitome of a great boss, great manager and mentor. There was a time when the "upper management" changed in Montgomery. The department managers that worked for Mr. Isay were to do a personnel review of his job performance. I was tasked with collecting these and sending them to Montgomery. They were all sealed so no one at the store level would see them. The Montgomery management contacted me and said we needed to do them again because there was no way there weren't any complaints in reviewing a store manager by employees. The 2nd go at it had the same results about Mr. Isay. And he will always be "Mr. Isay" even though after his retirement he wanted us all to call him "Milton". He will be missed!

nancy murphy

September 8, 2019

Mr. Isay was the last manager of Montgomery Fair/Gayfers in the Opelika area, who actually managed well. The store always looked great, he was always walking around helping customers, and was always willing to respectfully listen to customer issues. Praying for your family during this time.

Louise Story Brasher

September 8, 2019

Remember Mr. Isay so well. He was a fixture @ Montgomery Fair (Gayfers) knew so many of his faithful employees. My dad used to say that my mom & I ( She passed away 1 1/2 yrs ago @ 105) did not want anything unless it came from Gayfers. My sincere sympathy to all of you. I am honored that he touched my life.

Charlisa Swanzy

September 8, 2019

Sharon, Robin, and Lily:

I was so VERY SORRY to learn of the death of Mr. Isay. While I did not know him, I am CERTAIN that he was a fine gentleman since he contributed to making you three ladies who you are today! I TRULY HOPE your fondest memories sustain the three of you at this difficult time.

ALL my love,

Lisa Swanzy

Janeen Pendergast

September 6, 2019

I am sorry to hear of your father 's passing....what a kind and wise man. I will never forget how I was welcomed into your home when I first moved south. I'm only sorry not to have stayed in the area longer and known you all better.
Love and warmest thoughts, Janeen Pendergast