Charles Ernest Gay, 89, of Carrabelle, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Tallahassee.

He was a lifelong resident of Carrabelle. He was a member of Carrabelle First Baptist Church. He was a former school board member of Franklin County. He was a retired boat captain and fisherman. He also retired from Florida State University Marine Biology Laboratory.

He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and solider. He was an Army veteran serving in World War II.  

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Della Gay, of Carrabelle; a son: Mickey Gay (Jackie), of Carrabelle; three daughters, Clara Moeck, of San Diego, Calif., Patsy Putnal (Bevin) of Carrabelle, and Tina Varnes (Michael), of Pascagoula, Miss.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased in death by his first wife: Myrt Gay, and his parents, Howard and Clara Gay.

Bevis Funeral Home Harvey Young Chapel is in charge of arrangements.