SYLVESTER -- Mr. Royce Gay, 81, of Sylvester died February 1, 2012 at Tift Health Care.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday February 3, 2012 at Banks Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Providence Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Gordon officiating.

Mr. Gay was born on August 4, 1930 to the late Simon Matthew and Lula Estelle McDonald Gay in Worth County where he has lived all his life. He was a US Army Veteran of Korea. Mr. Gay was a retired farmer who enjoyed his cows and working the land.

Survivors include his daughter and son in-law, Linda and Scott Goodwin of Sylvester, sons, Alan Gay of Sylvester and Steve Gay of Cordele, sister, Mrs. Martha Sumner of Sumner, grandchildren Erica Gay, Tyler Goodwin, Austin Goodwin & Corey Goodwin, great grandchildren Anica McCrary, Grayson McCrary and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Mr. Gay was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Jeanette "Jean" Gay on May 30, 2006.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Banks Funeral Home.

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Sylvester 229/776-2055