John Pershing Gay Jr.

October 10, 1956January 1, 2020

John Pershing Gay, Jr., 63, of Black Creek, passed away Wednesday. A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC.

The family will receive friends Sunday, immediately following the service, at the funeral home located at 2704 Nash St. N, Wilson.

John, better known as “Coach Gay”, retired as both a teacher and coach at Fike High School after 38 years of service. He also served as Director of Athletics at Fike High School. John was a loving husband, father, and son. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and former students.

Surviving are his wife, Debra Daniels Gay; one son, James Michael Gay of Black Creek; one daughter, Christina Elizabeth Gay of Black Creek; his mother, Elizabeth Jordan Gay of Walstonburg; and one sister, Ann Gay Koegel (Curtis) of Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Pershing Gay, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 930 Wellness Dr. #B, Greenville, NC 27834 (

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to


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Diane Windham

January 4, 2020

Ms. Liz, Ann and Johnny's wife and children. LOVE and PRAYERS for ALL of YOU 🙏 I know that Mr. John was waiting with open arms for Johnny. Johnny has left everyone with SPECIAL memories and that will help everyone for the days to come. LOVE

Agnes Moore

January 3, 2020

What a blessing it was to be able to work at Fike with Coach Gay! Hardworking. Slow to anger. Team player. Soft spoken. Level headed. Ever present. Golden Demon to the core. He was especially kind and helpful to me when I was working with the famous Fike bloodmobiles. He was all in! That man can not be replaced! I am grateful that both of my adult children had the opportunity to be under his influence at Fike. Happy Homegoing Coach Gay. I will never forget our time together working at Fike.