James Alvin Edwin Lay
March 27, 1956  -  March 24, 2019

James Alvin Edwin Lay

Highland Funeral Home
3329 East Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL  32703
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4pm - 8pm
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Highland Funeral Home
3329 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL  32703
Friday, March 29, 2019
10am - 11am
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Highland Funeral Home
3329 East Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL  32703
Friday, March 29, 2019
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Highland Memory Gardens
3329 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL  32703
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James A.E. Lay
- age 62 of Ormond Beach, FL.; passed away peacefully March 24, 2019. He is the beloved husband of Patricia Lay; loving father of Jennifer Lynn Lay, & James A.E. Lay Jr.; proud grandfather of Olivia Loren Lay; son of the late James Alvin Lay & Gladys McDonald; brother of Patricia Marshall, Roscoe " Rocky" Lay, & the late Peggy Lynn Lay; also survived by his chihuahua "Pita".
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, March 28th from 4-8pm, and on Friday March 29th from 10-11am at Highland Funeral Home, 3329 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka FL. 32703; where a prayer service will be held on Friday beginning at 11am. Mr. Lay will be laid to rest in Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka FL.
Mr. Lay was raised in Apopka FL.; where he attended both Forest Lake Academy and Apopka High School. He was enthusiastic about his 47 year career at Hughes Supply in Central Florida. Being surrounded by his family was his passion. He enjoyed fishing in Costa Rica, Alaska, and Arkansas. A testament to Jim was all the lives he has influenced.


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  1. Lisa M Skeen
    Boynton Beach, FL

    My condolences go out to the entire Lay family for the loss of a very special person. I appreciate everything Jimmy has done for me. He will be greatly missed!

  2. Mark Clayton
    Bloomfield, NJ

    Rest In Peace Mr. Lay.

  3. Mavrick Lay
    Bremen, AL

    To my uncle Jim, my rock, my boulder, so many other titles besides just being an uncle that you where to me! I will always cherish all the great memories you have left me with from all the way in Arkansas on the white river to being on the ST.Johns river in FL and you being the co captain of the boat. There is always one thing that you left me with that I will live by word for word quote from Jim Lay “Mavrick boy you need to get up every morning put a smile on your face and look into the mirror and say to yourself you’re a Lay boy you can do anything!” That’s just the kind of confidence that my uncle had that no matter what it might be that it can happen and that it will get done. Uncle Jim I love and miss you so so so very much already...

    Your nephew

    Mavrick Lay

  4. Maritza Alegria
    Boca Raton, FL

    Jim, beautiful tribute to your dad!. May he rests in peace. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family. God give you the strenght to overcome your loss. You can count on us in anything you need. My prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Mavrick Lay
    , FL

  6. Skip Hughes
    New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Hadn’t seen you in a few years but you were always one heck of a good salesman but more than anything a great person and what a sense of humor. You will be missed by many and one day we will see you again.

  7. Chad & Valerie Mathews
    Bernville, PA

    You've been a very special friend and coworker for more than 40 yrs, I really going to miss you, especially all the times we had together on customer trips, most memorable ones in Costa Rica and the Bahamas. You taught me there is no such word as no!!!! You will greatly be missed, Patty you will be ok, Love you the Mathews family R.I.P. Our prayers are with you.

  8. Shari Drawdy Claypool
    Meadow Bridge, WV

    My condolences to family and friends.

  9. Ann Kirk Rickenbach

    my hearfelt prayers are with you & your family... i met Jim when he was at HSI & I was @ Tropical supply in Pompano.. many years ago ... he was such a character & I've always remembered his smile & laugh...

  10. Dwayne Holland
    Orlando, FL

    Jim, we talked many many times about getting together and showing each other just how well we could catch specks. Although we never got a chance, we will see each other again one day I am sure. Rest In Peace my friend.

  11. SMouton
    , FL

    My condolences go out to the family for your loss of a very special person. May beautiful memories that you shared always be precious moments. May the resurrection hope (John 5:28-29 and Rev 21:3-5) sustain the family and all those who are crushed at heart to look for the time when no more will we have to experience our enemy "death" again.

  12. Jennifer Lay Desmond
    Jacksonville, FL

    Daddy, in my heart are many memories of all the loving things you’ve done and today I want to tell you that I am thankful for each one. There’s one special memory that’s the very dearest too....Ever since I can remember, I remember loving you. A Dad’s love is a special memory the heart will never forgot. Thank you for being the best father this Lay girl could ever ask for. With all my love, Jennifer

  13. Pat Marshall
    Apopka, FL

    I will miss you so very much my precious brother. You were the rock for our family.

  14. Pete and Gwen DiPietro
    Naples, FL

    Patty, so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you.

  15. Bill & Brenda Laley
    Orlando, FL

    We remember when you came to Orlando from the southeast corner of the state. We have both enjoyed working with you on various projects over the years. I always loved that Colombian coffee you brought to us. Rest in Peace our friend.

  16. John and Diana McMahon

    We will miss you dear friend but have so many happy memories of our times with you. Rest in peace and don't rock the boat!

  17. Steve & Vivian Moe
    Ninikchik, AK

    Sincerest condolences to the family on Jim’s passing. He remains a halibut fishing legend; we are glad to have hosted many a visit to Alaska in search of barn door halibut. We salute you and wish you safe travels. RIP

  18. Lynn Mentzer
    Orlando, FL

    Enjoy the fishing Jimmy!!

  19. Margaret Steiner
    Sanford, FL

    I miss you so much already. Keep a place for the rest of us so we can be together again buddy!! I love you!

  20. Ron Miller
    Orlando, FL

    Industry Icon. Legendary. Rest easy my friend.
    "Halibut, Halibut... get on my line, Halibut"!! Thank you for the memories Jim. They will last a lifetime.

  21. clyde gibson
    ann arbor, MI

    rest in peace james.as a fellow fisherman I also love to fish.glad you were doing what you loved before you past to heaven. condolence to your family .clyde smith,james alan Gibson.family.

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