Jay was quite a character. I went to High School with him about a hundred years ago at Warren Central. We played football together a few years until he decided it wasn't for him. It took me a few more years to figure that out also. Jay was very smart but it was not cool to be smart in those days. Maybe it still isn't. It was cool, however, to be very smart with the girls. And he was. I was not able to follow him there. He had me beat. :) He signed my yearbook way back around 1974 and referenced both our cars. We both had Mercury Comets around 1962 vintage. His blue, mine, uh, a few colors. He wrote he would win a race. We never tried. It would have been a "slow" race I'm sure. He worked at Lamar Loe's car shop for a while where he "helped" me remove their emblem from my new Buick Regal in 1977 and I know he joined the Navy. His dad worked with my dad at the paper mill I believe.
He was a big practical joker. He once had a friend "nudge" me while he was behind me on his hands and knees. I fell backward in front of a bunch of our high school friends. You can only imagine how embarrassing that was. I could have killed him. But that was impossible. Jay made high school tolerable whenever I was around him. But I never "trusted" him again. :)
God Bless you Jay and your family. You will be missed. I'll see you on the other side. You'll probably trip me there again. :)
Charles (Chuck) Millis