Robert Chester “Bobby” Gay, 83, of Patterson, died Friday, December 25, 2020, at his residence.

He was born April 18, 1937 in Alapaha to the late Fred Gay and the late Clara Mathis Gay.

He was a professional country music singer who traveled for over 50 years and was inducted into the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. He toured all over the United States, Japan, South Korea and Germany. He had a number one record in 1959 called “Let’s Dance” and won the Air Force Tops Blues Award in 1956. He was an Air Force veteran, served in the Korean Conflict and also worked for NASA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Howard Gay and was also preceded in death by a brother, Terrell Gay.

Survivors include his daughter, Alla Mae (Jim) Hickox, Hoboken; son, Bobby (Regina) Gay Jr., Patterson; two sisters, Alvieta “Veda” Kennedy, Tifton and Betty Jean Maine, Nashville; six grandchildren, Korey (Nancy) White, Dylan Hickox, Jimmy (Maranda) Hickox, Zach Hickox, Chyan Blankenship and Quinton Blankenship; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, from the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Rowell officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fletcher Cemetery.

Lovein Funeral Home of Nashville is in charge of arrangements.

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