James Dolph Nay (Jim) was born on July 12, 1931, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Horace and Amanda Nay. He died peacefully in his sleep at home in San Marcos, Texas, on March 2, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones.
At the age of 7, Jim was responsible for pasturing a horse. During that time, he met Raynell, a girl his age from the neighboring pasture. They cultivated a deep friendship, and 14 years later, he asked her to marry him.
The couple was married 54 years, and during that time, James demonstrated a selfless love that marveled many. When Raynell developed MS in 1979, James never wavered in his commitment to care for her every need. He retired early to be her primary at-home caregiver until she died in 2006.
During his junior year at Okmulgee High School, James played on the varsity football team that won the state championship in 1949. He attended the University of Oklahoma, and received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1957. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
James served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1958, and he was a gunner on a B29 bomber during the Korean War. After his military service, Jim and Raynell moved to Dallas, and they lived in Texas for the rest of their lives.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Raynell and his sister, Kathryn Nay Jones.
He is survived by his sister: Crystal Marie Nay Parker of Rogers, Ark.; brother-in-law: William Jones, of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law: Glenda Lee (Sunny) Sappington and her husband, Bob Sappington of San Marco, Texas; daughter: Leslie Carol Nay Salas and her husband, Richard Salas, of San Marcos; son: James Marshall Nay and his wife, Shannon MacKey Nay, of Austin, Texas; granddaughter: Eileen Rebecca Salas; nephews: Jeffrey Chancellor, Michael Parker and his wife, Jody, Charles Parker and his wife, Brenda, Steven Chancellor and his wife, Kristin; and nieces: Gena Chancellor Rotter, Kimberley Chancellor McKee and husband, Michael McKee.
James will be remembered for his steely grit, resolve, and patience. He often exhibited an outrageous sense of humor with a smile that was disarming and always warmed those around him.
|Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Wednesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m., in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, San Marcos, Texas.||Interment will be on Friday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m., at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.|
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Air Force Memorial Foundation, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Va. 22204.
|Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666; 512-353-4311.||Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com|