Ralph Edwin Gay age 78 of Smithville passed Tuesday afternoon January 12, 2021 at Tri-Star Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. He was born October 4, 1942 to his parents, the late Willie E. and Susie Jane Pirtle Gay. He worked at the DeKalb Co. Highway Dept. and was a member at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Sisters: Naomi Cripps, Evelyn Underwood, Dean Waggoner; Brothers: Edsel & Austin Gay. A Graveside service will be held 2:PM Thursday January 14, 2021 at Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Bill Robertson & Bro. Ronnie Gay officiating. There will not be any services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 2:PM. Due to Covid-19 and Social Distancing Guidelines we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. Survivors include 3 sons: Mike (Michelle) Gay of Cookeville, Daryl (Jennifer) Gay, Thomas(Denise) Reed both of Smithville; Grandchildren: Brandon Gay, Gracie Woodside, Christian Gay, Ashlyn Gay, Allison Gay, Amanda Vaughn, Laura Reed; Great-Grandchildren: Grayson, Jackson, Gunner, Kinsley, Brayden, Maddie, Van, Amelia; Brother: Ronnie (Cathy) Gay of Fayetteville; Brother-in-law: Ray Doyle Cripps of Smithville; Sister-in-law: Miranda Gay of Minnesota. In addition to flowers family asked that donations be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Mr. Ralph. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is is charge of the arrangements.
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