Walter “Edward” Lay, of the Elrod Community, went home to his Heavenly home September 19th, 2016 at the Jean Waddle Care Center.

Edward was born on August 24th 1930 in Somerset, to the late Walter and Zula (Woodall) Lay.

He married Geneva Ethel (Lester) Lay on March 27th, 1948 and she preceded him in death on August 8th, 2016. Ed was a retiree from General Telephone and Electrical Company, and was also a farmer.

Ed enjoyed listening to preaching and gospel music, especially to Hour of Harvest on WLJC. He was a faithful member of Heritage Hope Church of God.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and “junking” and was known for his jokes and sense of humor, which will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ed is survived by one son, George Michael (and wife, Bonita) Lay; two daughters, Teresa (and husband, Ben) Inabnitt and Michelle (and husband, Jimmy) Lanigan, all of Somerset;  one brother, Clarence “Pete” Woodall, of Shelbyville, Indiana; sisters, Josephine Hall of Greenwood, Indiana and Shirley Bailey of Shelbyville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Michael O’Brian Lay, Tyrell (and wife, Brooke) Inabnitt, Brittany (and husband, Jason) Turner and Halee Lanigan; and six great grandchildren, Logan O’Brian and Dustin Michael Lay, Jalyn, Andrew and Alex Inabnitt and Eli Turner.

Edward was preceded in death by both of his parents; his loving wife; and one daughter, Linda Kay Lay. Also preceding him in death were his brothers, Bill and Henry Lay, and Carl Woodall; and sisters, Francis Loveless, Linda Girdler and Syble Marie West.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, after 5:00 p.m., in Southern Oaks Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in Southern Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. David Bennett and Bro. Mark Jordan officiating.  Burial will be in Somerset Cemetery.

In Lieu of Flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Heritage Hope Church of God, 810 Bourne Avenue, Somerset, KY 42501.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.