He was born Jan. 17, 1948, in Lewis County, a son of the late Fred Gay Sr. and Helen McCorkhill Gay.
On Aug. 10, 1974, he married Donna Ingram, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Jon Gay and wife Cindy, of French Creek and Jeffrey Gay and companion, Sheena, of Buckhannon; two daughters, Kristina Aegan and husband, Charles, of Buckhannon and Jennifer Crites and husband, Justin, of Philippi; six grandsons, Levi Gay of French Creek, Patrick Gay of Buckhannon, Trace and Tate Crites of Philippi and Brayden and Rhyus Gay of Buckhannon; seven granddaughters, Kendra Page and husband, Daniel, of Morgantown, Riley and Brooklyn Gay and Hailey and Kiley Aegan of Buckhannon, Kari Gay of French Creek and Gracelyn Crites of Philippi; a daughter-in-law, Amy Mick of Buckhannon; three brothers, Fred Gay of Buckhannon, Terry "Pete" Gay and wife, Linda, of Richmond, Va., and Danny Gay and wife, Cathy, of Maryland; one sister, Judy Holcomb and husband, William, of Front Royal, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Belinda Zickefoose of Buckhannon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Brian Gay; and one brother, Ronald Gay.
"Tom" worked for Corhart Refactories in the shipping department. He was a member of Horizons Church of Buckhannon. He also loved to sell and trade cars and was a loving grandfather. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1974.
Friends will be received today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Horizons Church with Pastor Dave Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Union Church Cemetery in Tallmansville. The Upshur County Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.