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Jay Whatley


1963 - 2017
Jay K. Whatley
1963-2017
Feb. 12, 1963~Feb. 24, 2017
Jay K. Whatley passed into eternal life on Friday, February 24, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sara K. Dowdle and father, Jackie R. Whatley of Mineola. He is survived by his husband, Chris Rogers of Porter; dad, James Dowdle of Mineola; brothers Jess Dowdle of Mineola, Brian Whatley and wife Jeanna of Bullard, J. Curtis Dowdle and wife Leslie Dowdle of Mineola; and sister Julie Hutto and husband Douglas Brent of Mineola; Mother-in-law, Mary Rogers of Groves; by five nieces Claire Goodson, Audrey Dowdle, Jessica Dowdle, Raiven and Jarrett Whatley; and four nephews Taylor Goodson, Curtis Lee and Colton Dowdle, and J. Chace Dowdle.
Jay was very proud of the strides that were being made in the rights of the LGBT community and very proud to have married the man he loved, Chris Rogers in July 2016. For many years Jay championed the idea that all of God's children were created equally and deserved the same rights and opportunities.
Jay was born in Tyler, Texas on February 12, 1963, to Sara K. Dowdle and Jackie R. Whatley. He grew up in Mineola, Texas where he graduated high school. Jay attended a number of universities beginning with Sam Houston State University where he received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy as a student of Dr. John Paul. He then continued his stay at Sam Houston State University as a Professor in Keyboard Studies. Jay moved to the Lone Star College System as a professor in Music and remained in service to the Kingwood campus until his death.
Jay was very dedicated to both his life as an educator and his life as a church musician. He had a strong faith and loved the Lord. His faith would carry him through many rough times in his life. A faith that he shared with many people. His faith is still keeping him today and awarding his crown in Heaven. He can now play for his mom….anytime she asks.
There would not be enough space to honor all of the musicians, ensembles and musical service groups that Jay served. Jay was a musician with unmatched talent and ability and was highly sought after as collaborator, clinician, adjudicator and advisor.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 12 at 4pm at First Methodist Church, Downtown Houston. Any musicians that are interested in participating in the memorial music please contact FUMC at 832-668-1800 and should plan to arrive at 2pm. There will be a collection of remembrances. For your memories to be included, please send a brief remembrance to [email protected] Deadline for inclusion is Mon., March 6 at noon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jay's name to the AIDS Foundation, Houston. All are welcome to come and celebrate his life and legacy.
Ok den, tell yur mom how she durrn.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 5, 2017
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