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Diane JAY

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JAY, Diane Diane Burris Jay, 62, died Friday, January 31, 2014 due to complications from the flu. Diane was born on July 7, 1951 in Houston, Texas. She attended A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina and then the University of Georgia. At the University, she met her husband Charles "Chuck" Jay Jr. (deceased). The two lived in Germany from 1970-1973 while Chuck served in the military, and otherwise primarily in Georgia. After returning to the United States, Diane worked for C&S Bank in Athens for 17 years, with a few brief years in Rome, Georgia. In Rome, Diane and Chuck adopted their only son, Michael Andrew Jay. After Chuck retired, the two of them traveled the country in their motor home, accompanied by their loyal dogs Sassy and Poncho. Diane was a great wife, mother, and friend. She is survived and will be sorely missed by her mother, Laura Bass Burris, her father and mother-in-law, Charles W. Jay Sr. and Faye Jay, her son Michael and future daughter-in-law Erin Froetschel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, February 2, from 2 until 4 PM. Services will be at Gordons Chapel United Methodist Church, Nowhere Rd., Hull, Georgia at 3 PM Monday, February 3 with interment to follow in the church cemetery. She will lie in state at the church from 2 until 3 PM on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Athens Area Humane Society or Northeast Georgia Cancer Center. Lord and Stephens WEST is in charge of arrangements (
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 1, 2014
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