Homer A. Gay
Homer A. Gay
On the 24th day of May, 1958, the spirit of Homer Ambrose Gay
was called home from service to reward, thus ending some 48 years
labor in the Master's vineyard. His leaving was a sad occasion, and
he is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The story of Homer A. Gay begins in Yelville, Ark. Nov. 19, 1894.
He was the son of John and Margeret Gay, being the youngest of 10
children. At a very early age his parents made the long move from
Arkansas to Texas, finally settling in west Texas around Ft.
McKavitt. His mother died while he was yet young, thus leaving him
to share and shoulder many responsibilities unknown to many children
His religious background consisted mainly of teachings from the
Baptist denomination. But in 1910 he heard his first gospel sermon
from a Bro. D. L. Pettie, who was then engaged in a meeting at Ft.
McKavitt. For the first time in his life, he learned of his duty to
God, and before the meeting closed he confessed Christ and was
baptized. Because of a lack of adequate leadership, he was soon
called upon to shoulder a great amount of the work in his home
congregation. This soon led to teaching, and eventually to preaching.
Preachers were few then, and he was gladly welcomed by all faithful
congregations. Before long, even before he realized it, he was going
from place to place preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
On April 4, 1922 Bro. Gay was united in marriage to Susie Hanley of
Brady, Texas. To this union two children were born, Luvilla, and
Homer A. Jr. For the next four years Bro. Gay made his home in Brady,
but in 1926 he moved to Eden, Tex. After living there for some time he
moved to Eola, Tex., and from there in 1934 to Lebanon, Mo. where he
resided, with the exception of a year or two, until 1957 when he moved
to Dallas. At the time of his death he was serving as an elder of the
Denley Dr. Church of Christ, Dallas, TX.
Bro. Gay was an outstanding writer. His first article appeared in the
Apostolic Way in 1918. During his lifetime his writings also appeared
regularly in The Truth published by H. C. Harper and the Old Paths
Advocate published by Homer L. King. Bro. Gay served as editor of the
O.P.A. from about 1932 until his death. He was also the author of
several tracts and pamphlets, including The Spirit of Christ, published
by the Apostolic Way, Building A Christian Home, The Communion,
The Class Question, The Inside of the Cup, and possibly others.
Although he wasn't considered primarily a debater, he participated in many.
Among them Gay-Wolf "The Kingdom" 1912, Gay-Jones "Wine Question" 1939,
and Gay-Hines "The Class Question" 1948.
His education, in addition to public schools, consisted of some training
at Gunter Bible College, and Abilene Christian College.
The greater part of his life was spent in the evangelistic field. While
his health permitted it he held around 18 gospel meetings a year. His
preaching was confined mainly to the great Southwest. However, he preached
in some 18 to 20 states and was instrumental in leading hundreds to the Lamb
of God that taketh away the sin of the world.
His funeral was conducted by Bro. Homer L. King, assisted by Bro. Fred Kirbo,
and this writer. A large crowd was present, including many preachers, and
brethren from afar to pay their last respects to this man of God. Bro. Gay
was a kindly man with many friends and admirers. His quiet, humble manner,
and quick Irish wit set him aside from all others. Truly there was but one
We of this present generation owe much to Bro. Gay. He has left us a glorious
heritage. He stemmed the tide of digression, and said "No" to the many
innovations that troubled spiritual Zion. He worked hard and earnestly for
the Cause he believed to be right. Eternity alone will reveal all the good
done by him. He was, indeed, A GOOD SOLDIER.
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