Fallen Hero: COL Elton E. Jay (Ret)


Funeral Home

Ott & Lee Funeral Home

1360 W. Government St.
 Brandon, MS


Saturday, February 3, 2024, 3-5 pm, Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Brandon, MS


Sunday, February 4, 1:30 pm, Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Crestview Memorial Gardens, Brandon, MS


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 26, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  COL Elton E. Jay (Ret), age 86, who, among his other assignments, served in the MSARNG with the 1/108th Armored Calvary, Camp McCainHQ STRC, and was in command of the MSNG Competition Marksmanship Program has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service Details:


Elton Edward Jay Jr., 86, passed away on Fri. Jan. 26, 2024, at his home in Brandon, MS. Visitation will be held on Sat. Feb. 3, 2024, from 3pm-5pm at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS. Funeral Services are 1:30pm on Sun. Feb. 4, 2024, at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Crestview Memorial Gardens in Brandon, MS.

Mr. Jay was born in Savannah, TN on Oct. 12. 1937.

He is survived by his wife, Sonia Fay Haynes Jay; children, Beth Jay Coleman (Tony), Rob Jay (Tammie) and Mike Jay (Sharon); sister, Darryl Perkins (Eddie); 12 grandchildren, Jay Coleman, Katie Jay, Nathan Jay, Emily Jay, Mackenzie Jay, Brennan Jay, Isaac Jay, Caleb Jay, Caroline Jay, Graham Jay, Emily Roumen, Libbey Roumen; 2 great grandchildren, Ellie Crawford and Madison Eve Park and his sister in law, Mary Jay. Mr. Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Elton Edward Jay Sr. and Virginia Keathley Hurst Jay; brother, Bobby Jay and an aunt and uncle, Forrest and Gertie Morrow.