Specialist Patrick L. Lay II, 21, Bradenton, died August 11, 2011 due to injuries received by an IED in Afghanistan. Patrick was born on January 8, 1990 in Bradenton, Fla. He was part of the first graduating class of Braden River High School 2009, where he played on the football team and was a member of the FFA. Following graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was assigned as an infantryman with the Army's Elite 10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, N.Y. Patrick is survived by his, parents Stefenie and Art Hernandez of Bradenton; Patrick Lewis and Taneah Lay of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; siblings Nikki Lay of Bradenton, Colby Schmutz of Port Charlotte, Fla., Braelyn Lay of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Blakely Lay of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; maternal grandparents Bishop Ben and Carolyn Eason of Bradenton; paternal grandmother Lois Perdue of Bradenton; aunts and uncles Rev. Dale and Patricia Eason of Bradenton; Cindy and Ed Wheadon of Ga.; Beth and Dean Hepper of Tenn.; Pam and Shawn Nunn of Tenn.; fiancé Joann Steiff of Bradenton and many extended family members. Visitation will be Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 5-8p.m. at the Life Covenant Sanctuary, 5428 39th Street East, Bradenton, with funeral services to be held on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 11a.m. at the church. Committal services with full military honors will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Combat Company TF1-32 Infantry, Ft. Drum, N.Y. 13602 or Life Covenant Sanctuary PO Box 20488, Bradenton, FL 34204. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 19, 2011