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Jay Scales

April 8, 1929 December 23, 2018
Jay Scales
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Obituary for Jay Scales

Jay Hugh Scales, age 89, peacefully transitioned to the spiritual world on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. One of thirteen children, he was born April 8, 1929 to Henry Thomas Scales and Elizabeth Tilman Scales in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

Jay served his country in both the Army and the Air Force. He met the love of his life, Jean Norris, in 1961. They married in 1969, the same year that he became a member of the Baha’i Faith. His life’s commitment was to serve the community and help forge the unity of humanity. Retiring from IBM in 1987, he became a volunteer driver with the Red Cross among many acts of service. Jay was an active member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

The graveside service for Jay Hugh Scales will be Thursday, December 27, 2018, 11:00 am at the Maplewood Cemetery (1621 Duke University Road, Durham, North Carolina 27701). All are welcomed to attend and bid our friend forever - farewell. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity.

Jay is survived by Jean Norris Scales (his beloved wife of 49 years); Thomas Scales (brother); Robert Scales (brother and wife Gladys); Margaret Brown (sister); Willie Crowder (sister); Laurie Scales (sister); Rennett Blair (sister) and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Special thanks to Jay’s nieces (Jacqueline Brown and Linda Douglas) for their unwavering support during his illness.

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Graveside Service




11:00 AM 12/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

Maplewood Cemetery
1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

Memorial Service




1:00 PM 1/26/2019 1:00:00 PM
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707

Light refreshments following service

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road Durham 27707 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Maplewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

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