Mr. Jay T. Yancey, Jr., 87, of the Aragon/Taylorsville area, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006.
Mr. Yancey was born Sept. 27, 1918 in Cedartown, son of the late Augusta Kathleen Philpot Yancey, and the late Jay T. Yancey, Sr. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mrs. Jolly Sue Abernathy Yancey.
Mr. Yancey was a Special Services Officer in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He served in World War II from June 9, 1943 to April 17, 1946, where he was stationed on the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands. He also served in the Korean War era from Oct. 5, 1950 to March 11, 1952 in Germany.
Mr. Yancey was a member of the First Methodist Church of Rockmart, where he also enjoyed being a member of the Grogan/Black Sunday School Class. He was honored recently as the oldest surviving charter member of the Rockmart-Polk County Rotary Club, and was also a member of the Polk County Farmers Club.
Mr. Yancey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eunice Duffey Yancey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Tony Coalson, and Judi and David Jackson, all of Rockmart; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Betts McGinnis of Duluth, Daniel and Katherine McGinnis of Rome, David and Judy McGinnis of Marietta, and Tim and Connie McGinnis of Aragon; a sister, Mrs. Lois White of Rome; two nieces; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Rockmart, with Rev. Carol Cook and Rev. David Autry officiating. Interment followed in the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery.
The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Andrew Hunter McGinnis, Jay Christian Gordon, John Daniel McGinnis, Matthew Douglas Gordon, Jordan David Jackson, Joseph Trent McGinnis, and Casey Lee McGinnis. Honorary pallbearers were grandson, Jay Carlisle McGinnis, along with Tony Coalson, David Jackson, Fred Blair, Steve Blair, Sonny Ewing, John Allen Robins, Harl Duffey, Jr., Jim Duffey, Joel Jackson, David Sella, and Bob Becker.