July 11, 2013

Judy C. Wilson Lay


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Judy C. Wilson Lay, 69, of Barbourville, Ky., passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, in the Knox County Hospital.

Judith Clara Wilson Lay was a daughter of the late Carl E. and Nell Marie Howard Wilson born to them on Aug. 20, 1943 at the Pineville Settlement Hospital in Harlan County, Ky.   

She grew up in Stinnett with her mom, dad, and five brothers and attended Beech Fork United Methodist Church where she was a long time member.   

Mrs. Lay attended Beech Fork Elementary and Stinnett Elementary School, after which she attended Leslie County High School where she graduated in 1961.   

After high school she lived with her beloved Aunt Nan Creech in Cumberland and worked at Cumberland Valley Rural Electric Company. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Kenneth Lay, of Barbourville, who was also working at RECC. They were married on Oct. 13, 1962. To this union two children were born, Gregory Allen Lay in 1964 and Teresa Lay Evans in 1967. While living in Cumberland she attended night classes at Cumberland Community College.    

In 1971 Kenneth was transferred to RECC in Barbourville, where they moved with their family. At this time she worked with the Department of Human Resources and then worked for the Bureau of Mines until she found her true passion in the retail clothing business. 

Mrs. Lay opened her own clothing business, The Fashion Tree, in 1975 in Barbourville.  After selling that business she went on to work at various retail stores such as The Fashion Bug and The Palace.  She later became assistant manager for Dawahares in Corbin. She worked there for several years before becoming bookkeeper for Lay Tree Service.   

She was a member of the Red Hat Club and Young Republican Women’s Club. She was also involved with the Ladies Auxiliary and attended meetings with the Garden Club.    

She previously played the piano at Liberty Baptist Church.  She loved watching her five grandchildren in all their various activities and they were her inspiration. She would tell you her greatest success was raising her two children and then watching her grandchildren in all their success in school and extra curricular activities.   

Mrs. Lay was preceded in death by her father and mother, Carl E. and Nell Marie Howard Wilson; her sister-in-law, Gail Wilson; and by her brother-in-law, J.D. Lay.   

She is survived by her loving husband of over 50  years, Kenneth Lay of Barbourville; her son, Gregory Allen Lay and wife, Paige of London; her daughter, Teresa Lynn Evans and husband, Brian of Barbourville; her five loving grandchildren, Dillon Lay, Abby Lay, Jacob Evans, Grace Evans and Caroline Evans; her five brothers, Herman Wilson and wife, Jewell of Helton, Ky., Lon Wilson and wife, Celeste of Somerset, Ky., John Wilson of Helton, Ky., Wendell Wilson and wife, Dianna of Helton, Ky., and Ronnie Wilson and wife, Charlene also of Helton, Ky.;  brother-in-law, Delphus Lay of Artemus, Ky.; two sister-in-laws, Lorene Hembree and husband, Arthur of Harrodsburg, Ky., and Irene Payne and husband, Clifford of Somerset, Ky.; and a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives and dear friends to mourn her passing.   

Funeral services for Judy C. Wilson Lay will be conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel, Barbourville, Ky., at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 10, with the Rev. Dan Griffiths and the Rev. Shane Nickell officiating

Burial will follow in the Lay Cemetery at Little Brush Creek. 

Those serving as pallbearers will be Brett Wilson, Terrell Wilson, Byron Wilson, John Carl Wilson, Randy Payne, Chris Lay, Ben Liford and Nick Liford.   

The Lay family received friends at the Hopper Funeral Home after  6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 and will received friends from 9 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral hour today, Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the Lay family ask that memorial contribution be made to Beech Fork United Methodist Church, 2749 Hwy Ky. 421, Helton, Ky., 40840 in loving memory of Mrs. Judy C. Wilson Lay.