William Harry Gay, 66, of Beaufort SC, passed away on January 15th after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.\nHe is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Claudia, a son, Wesley, 3 brothers; Richard (Margo), Charles (Faye), Robert, one sister, Hilda Upton, many nieces and nephews, but especially nephews Tommy (Gloria) and Mike (Cindy) who were like brothers. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother John.\nHe was a lover of everything a boyhood on St. Helena could offer; horse-back riding, hunting and fishing; the marsh, the creeks and rivers that surrounded his home. His love of the salt water turned into a career in the shrimping industry, and he worked tirelessly to promote and preserve the SC Shrimp fisheries.\n It will be William's love for the Lord which was reflected in his service and generosity to others, that will be remembered most. He took his job as deacon at Community Bible Church seriously and would serve whenever and wherever; especially if it involved feeding people!\nA memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 20th at 10:00 at Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway Beaufort, SC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Community Bible Church Missions fund.\nOut of consideration for those concerned about Covid, the service will also be live streamed. You may watch live at communitybiblechurch.us/live. Burial will be private.