Chapter Grand

Danny Bay #8

Daniel Willard Bay, 76, of Nacogdoches, Texas moved into the presence of the Lord Jesus on December 22, 2017 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Danny was a born again believer, with belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was a member of Grace Bible Church and served as a deacon and usher. His faith was very important to him, including daily quiet times, and he continually prayed for others to receive salvation. His faith is now sight. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." Psalm 116:15 Danny was born April 30, 1941 in Nacogdoches, Texas to James Willard and Elsie Bay. He was a 1959 graduate of Nacogdoches High School where he played trumpet in the Nacogdoches High School Band. Danny was a 1964 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Business Administration and was a charter member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. After graduation, Danny was employed by The Hartford as an insurance adjuster for 29 years rising to the level of senior claims representative before his retirement. Following retirement, he worked with A1 Self Storage, Mize Department Store and Enterprise Car Rentals. As an active member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, Danny served as president, director, leader of flag postings, and was the recipient of multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Danny was also an avid golfer and spent time caddying, playing golf and working at Piney Woods Country Club. He even made it into the Hole-In-One Club at Woodland Hills. Additionally, Danny continued his love of music by playing his trumpet in the Nacogdoches Community Band. He served his country in the Air Force Reserves for seven years, first stationed at Barksdale and later in Houston. On September 15, 1979, Danny married Gloria Primeaux and the two were blessed with 38 years of marriage. They have one daughter, Adrienne Bay. Danny is survived by his wife Gloria, daughter Adrienne, and his brother, Mike Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Elsie Bay. Services are set at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas with Ralph Busby officiating and music arranged by Theda Busby. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held preceding the service at 12:30 pm at Grace Bible Church. Pallbearers will be Milton Moorer, Gene Graves, Bill Bay, Bill Teague, Ray Drake, Marty Morris, Robert Loftis, and Patrick Rover. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club and the NHS Class of 1959. Danny was kind to all, loved by all, and will be missed by all. Memorials can be made to Grace Bible Church of Nacogdoches, office at 329 Blount Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75965. Please visit to leave your online condolences and memories. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.

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12/27/17 12:00 PM #1    

Paul Poston, Jr. #82

Danny always struck me as a true gentleman and a caring person.  It was a privilege to have known him and I will always remember him as he was in our college days. Susan and I send our condolences to his family and to our friend and brother, Mike Bay.

Paul Poston  #82



12/28/17 09:33 AM #2    

Joel Moore #334

I was sorry to hear of Danny's passing. The one thing that stands out most about him was his gentile nature. Very few people have ever had the ability to slow me down and take the time to enjoy the conversation like Danny could. The first time I remember hearing his name was when my Dad repeated the story about his coming home from the Piney Woods Country Club after buying this kid Danny Bay in the annual invitational golf tournament calcutta. Dad said he didn't know what it was about Danny, he just knew he was going to finish in the money and he did.  Unfortunately, because Danny did so well that year my Dad couldn't afford to bid on him the next year. Years later I worked for his brother Mike at Mize Department Store and finally met Danny. I shared the calcutta story and remember him saying he couldn't believe someone would take a chance on him in that tournanment. One day my Dad happened to be in the store at the same time as Danny and they had the best time reliving that weekend. I never had the opportunity to play a round with Danny but I feel pretty confident he would have schooled me in the game. I also had the honor of wearing his pin when I was initiated into the fraternity. Mike allowed me to borrow Danny's pin for a while and I certainly wore it with great pride. Gloria, Adrienne and especially Mike have my deepest condolences.



12/28/17 04:54 PM #3    

John R. Morrison #33

Danny and I were both Foresters and charter members of Texas Eta. I haven’t seen him in years but will miss him. May God rest his soul.

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