Carl Edward Lay Sr. (1927 - 2015)

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Carl Edward Lay Sr., 88, of Springfield, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 6:11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road, Vandalia, with the Rev. Robert weaver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in rural Ramsey, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia and VFW Post 9770 of Brownsgtown. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services on Sunday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: or Unit Baptist Church. Online condolence may be expressed at
Mr. Lay was born on May 16, 1927, in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of Frank and Minnie (Davis) Lay. His family moved to Ramsey in 1945. He married Margaret Mabel Davidson on May 10, 1944, and they were married for 71 wonderful years; she survives.
He worked construction and as a heavy equipment operator for Local 520 out of Granite City. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Masonic Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M., AINAD Shriners, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post, AMVETS, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II.
Together, Carl and Mabel had seven children: Carl Edward Lay Jr., who preceded Carl in death; Mark Gregory Lay and his wife Pat of Vandalia; Teresa Kay and her husband Mike Phelps of Shelbyville, Franklin Winslow Lay of Pana, Janet Marie and her husband David Galimba of California, Donna Savilla and her husband Mike Collins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Elvin Tyler Lay and his wife Shannon of Chatham. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union on Dec. 15, 2015
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