"Jay was loved by his family and friends. Jay was a good person who loved his family, Jessica Howard, his friends and Circa Survive. He left us void."
Jay Steven Russell was born Friday February 13,1987 in Inglewood California’s Centinela Hospital. He graduated from Northview High School in Duluth, Georgia May 2005 where he lettered in football and in December of 2009 he obtained a dual degree in Politics and Sociology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also ran cross-country for his Alma Mater. He worked for the U.S Department of the Treasury as a Tax Examiner. On Sunday January 14, 2018 he departed this life in a way you would hope to, he was with the love of his life and he quietly slipped away without pain. He was healthy, athletic, and happy; his big strong heart simply stopped beating. We are told sometimes that just happens.
Jay was loved by his family and friends; In turn Jay was a good person who loved his family, Jessica Howard and his friends. Jay loved life, he loved and respected animals, the Arts, the environment, and Circa Survive. Jay was a writer and a critic; he had a lot to share for his short years on this Earth.
He was bigger than life in stature and presence.
Left to carry his memory in their hearts are his immediate family; father and mother Wes and Eileen; his big brother Carlton; his sister-in-law Destini; his niece Addison; his nephew Kai; aunts and uncles by blood and contact, notably Anna of Nevada and Arthur and Al of Southern California, “Aunties” Kim and Denise also of Southern California; His lady, his love Jessica Howard; his “grandmother” Momma Daisy and his godmother Yvette. Additionally his cousins, a hosts of “other” family members, friends, colleagues and co-workers.
If you look too closely at a star it’s beauty can blind you, Jay’s light will FOREVER shine within us.
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