Loren “Sonny” Lay, age 73 of Caryville, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1947 to the late Loren and Maggie (Miller) Lay. He was of the Baptist Faith and enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, and his dogs. He was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran who served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. He also received the “Plank Honor” for the U.S. ship John Hancock.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Lester Lay

He is survived by his loving wife Patricia Lay of Caryville; son Jerry Lay; daughter Sherry Howard; brothers Silas Lay and Jesse Lay; sisters Brenda Hicks, Linda Whitaker, Sandy Keever, and Lisa Whatlington; two grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 8:00 PM with Rev. Roger Stanley officiating. The family will meet at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in the Chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home to go into funeral procession to New Canaan Cemetery for a 2:00 PM interment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the family has stated that mask are optional by anyone attending the funeral services.

The family has entrusted the care of Sonny Ray Lay to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

Sonny’s guest book may be viewed at www.martinwilsonfuneralhome.com