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Rickey Gay
Born in Georgia
53 years
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"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Found on a headstone in Ireland.

This memorial website was created to remember our dearest Rickey Michael Gay who was born in Albany, Georgia on January 14, 1953 and passed away on March 27, 2006 in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 53. You will live forever in our memories and hearts. 


Beloved husband, best friend, brother, uncle and my teddy bear.  He was the eighth of nine children born to Irvin and Ethel Gay.  He is survived by me, his wife, Deidra Gay, his older brother, Robert Gay, sister-in-law, Pam Gay (wife to Robert), their daughter Brandi, and Brandi's daughter, Brianna.  He also has an older sister, Ethelyn, who lives in CA.  He leaves behind two nephews and a neice that were children of his younger brother, Danny who also passed away of the same disease.  His nephew and neice's names are Charles Daniel, Irvin, and Gabrielle Gay.  He also leaves behind his best friend, Marvin Johnson, Lakeland, FL; whom he loved dearly and didn't get to see or talk to as often as he would have liked.  He was also very loved by his mother/father-in-law, Robert and Janice Sutter, sisters-in-law (Susan Bell, Patty Badtram, and Missy Jacobs) along with their husbands and children.  He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Penny and Buddy.  Penny was his baby.  She was a rescue dog and he loved her to pieces. To read more about my beloved Teddy Bear, read his life story. 





This is one of the last notes he ever wrote me after a hospital visit, prior to this last one. 



 "You are my forever!" 

Honey, without you I am nothing and would care less if I lived or died. Knowing I have you to love and cherish means everything to me. Being in the hospital showed me just how much I need you and how much you care. I know I would be a shell of a person without you. You are my heart and soul. I am less than nothing without you. I will always love and cherish you, no matter what. I love tomorrow because you are that tomorrow. They say a person has a soul which is eternal. You are my soul. Thank God for creating such a heart as you. If anyone wants to find you, just follow my heart, it will lead you there!"




Rick was a wonderful man and always sending me emails with little notes or cards.  He will be in my heart forever. One day I'll join him 'Over The Rainbow'.




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Susan Bell

The first time I met Rick was in July of 1998.  I went to visit Deidra and I have to admit, check out this man who my sister kept talking about.  I was curious about him because you have to understand my sister. She is EXTREMELY picky about men and I could not believe that she had found one who had "passed the Deidra test."  She and I visited for several days and Rick was all she talked about.  When he came to her house after a long week at work you could see the love on her face towards him.  I got to visit with him for the weekend and I was in awe of how good Rick was to her.  I prayed I would find a person half as good.  The love these two people brought to each other was amazing.  

Rick brought so much to our family.  We were fortunate enough to have him be a part of our lives for such a short time but he brought a lifetime of special memories for each of us.  

The last time I talked to Rick it was to wish him a Happy Birthday.  My last words to him were "Love Ya."  I thank God for giving me that last chance to tell him.  One day we will all meet again "Over the Rainbow."

Deidra Gay
Rick and I met on-line at American Singles.  We were both searching for something.  We emailed back and forth for short while, then started chatting on the phone for awhile, then decided to meet in person on Sep 13, 1997.  Rick lived 2 hours away, so he would come see me on the weekends.  One night (I think in Oct) when he was saying good night on the phone from his home, he said "I love You".  I said it back without even thinking about.  When we saw each other again, we talked about it.  Yes, we did love each other, it just hit us like a ton of bricks.  We weren't expecting it.  We had both found 'that one', that you look for all your life, your soul mate.   We dated for awhile, and then Rick asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes.  We were married in Pigeon Forge, TN on Jun 5, 1999.  Rick moved to were I lived. Rick wasn't feeling good by the time we married, but we didn't yet know what was wrong.  It was a couple of years before we found out he had Hepatitis C and cirrhosis.  Even though Rick was ill the whole time we were married, and we really couldn't go anywhere or take trips (vacations), etc together since he felt so bad, our life together was wonderful.  It was just the two of us.  My family lived 12+ hours away, and Rick's parents had passed many years before.  He brother and sister-in-law lived 2 hours away.  I would do it all again, even knowing the outcome.  He was the best part of me and my reason for being.  He was my purpose in life.  I can't imagine my life without him.  He sent me an email one time that said "We may have had only a second together, but we end up with forever".  I will try to hold onto that and know that we will be together again one day.
Bob and Janice
We are truly blessed to have had Rick for a son-in-law even though the time was far too short. He taught me (Bob) so much about computers, but mostly he taught us both about patience and helpfulness to others. He never got impatient with our slow learning about computer stuff. He was willing to answer any questions no matter how bad he felt. But mostly we appreciate his goodness and kindness to our daughter Deidra. He pushed himself even when he felt so bad to help her as much as possible. They were truly the love of each other's lives. The world has lost a very good man. Heaven has gained a great person.  We will all miss Rick so much, but are thankful for the time we did have.
Bob & Maryann
We are so thankful to have had a small part in Rick's life. He blessed us and our family in so many ways. He gave of himself as he spent many hours building, repairing and just walking us through computer troubles. I remember the times he even came all the way to Tennessee to help troubleshoot our system. He gave of himself even during some of his most painful days... We count it a blessing to have known him for the time we had. One of the most memorable emails I received from Rickey was how God was really moving in his life. It was such a blessing and I wish I had it to share with you, I believe Rickey really did experience a peace that only God can give us. He truly was a great man and we know that he and Deidra loved each other very much. We will miss him so much and our hearts ache for his wife and family.

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Rie Davis I feel your pain Peace be with you May 31, 2006

I know your pain as I can feel it for you I know what you are going through because my husband Glenn passed away less then one month ago ... Peace be with you

Jens So Sorry May 9, 2006


My thoughts are with you.  I know how you are hurting so.  It is a lonely time for the living right now but not for the ones who passed.  Keep your memories of him forever until you see each other again.

Saundra Condolence April 25, 2006

When somebody dies, a cloud turns into an angel and flies up to tell God to put another flower on a pillow.  A bird gives the message back to the world, and sings a silent prayer that makes the rain cry. People disappear, but they never really go away. The spirits up there put the sun to bed, wake up grass, and spin the earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you can see them dancing in a cloud during the day-time, when they're supposed to be sleeping. They paint the rainbows and also the sunsets and make waves splash and tug at the tide. They toss shooting stars and listen to wishes. And when they sing wind songs, they whisper to us, don't miss me too much. The view is nice and I'm doing just fine. 

Carol Lanier Condolences April 24, 2006
May God wrap you in his embrace and grant you peace in knowing Rick is with Him now and made whole again.
Pat Peake With Sympathy and Prayers April 24, 2006
His love will comfort you.
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