Jordan Christian Gay was born on November 25, 2009, in Dayton, Ohio.
As one of three children to Dante A. Gay and Christina W. Gay, Jordan attended Canaan Missionary Baptist Church and accepted Christ at age seven. He was baptized on August 7, 2016, by his pastor Reverend Dr. Joseph L. Coleman, and grandfather Don Pickett.
Jordan was the life of the show. He was always smiling, dancing, helping others, and engaging in conversation. There was never a dull moment with him around.
A loving, kind, and generous person, Jordan had a talent for making friends with people of all ages. He was an ‘old soul’ who loved to learn and particularly enjoyed talking to people, asking lots of questions and debating – at times outwitting adults with his counterpoints.
Jordan loved traveling with his family. He visited Florida, California, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Virgin Islands. During these trips, he loved snorkeling at the beach and would spend hours playing in the sand with his parents and siblings.
Some of Jordan’s other favorites included the Golden State Warriors NBA team, Steph Curry, Spiderman, The New England Patriots NFL team, Tom Brady, and his “bear blanket.” He enjoyed fishing and caught his first fish when he was three years old at Oak Grove Park.
There were several activities and organizations in which Jordan was involved. At church, he was a member of the Junior Usher Board, The Buds of Promise Youth Choir, and Sunday School class. From preschool through third grade, Jordan attended St. Peter Elementary School in Huber Heights, Ohio. Most recently, he attended fourth grade at Normandy Elementary in Centerville, Ohio. While at St. Peter, Jordan played on the basketball team, where he was a star player. He would often run down the court, mimicking his favorite player Steph Curry, with his signature gesture of tapping his chest and putting his fingers in the air after scoring a basket. Jordan played baseball at the Vandalia Recreation Center. At the YMCA, he participated in flag football, karate, and took swimming lessons at the Kettering Recreation Center. Jordan was also a Cub Scout in Scouts of America. He enjoyed playing video games including Fortnite, NBA 2K, Minecraft, and Madden. His favorite musical instruments to play included the drums and violin.
On October 16, 2019, Jordan’s heart was donated to a seven-year-old boy who was in critical condition. Jordan was known for leading with his heart and it was fitting that his last act was to help someone else.
Jordan leaves to cherish his memory many loved ones including his parents Dante A. Gay and Christina Pickett Gay; two siblings Breelyn A. Gay and Cameron A. Gay; Great-Grandmother Beverly J. Hawkins; Grandparents Mildred Gay, Beverly Pickett, Don Pickett; Great-Uncle Marion B. Ford III, Great-Aunts Kimberly Jenkins and Danita Gay; Aunts Jaime Gay and Erica Pickett-Lovelace; Uncle David Thomas; Cousins Brandon Gay, Brittany Gay, Terrance Gay, Yvonna Jenkins, Sean R. Ford, Logan C. Lovelace; and a host of other beloved relatives and special family friends including ‘Aunt’ Linda Crutch and Mattie White.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor his deeds and memory by contributing to:
The Jordan Christian Gay Dayton Children’s Asthma Fund
at any branch of Wright-Patt Credit Union. All proceeds will go toward Dayton Children’s Hospital for Asthma-related medical expenses for families in need.
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