Jay Beckett Wailes

March 10, 1956 ~ January 21, 2016 (age 59)

Jay Beckett Wailes, CFA
March 10, 1956 – January 21, 2016

Greensboro, Georgia (January 23, 2016) – Jay Beckett Wailes of Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, son of the late John Beckett Wailes and Dorothy (Carey) Wailes of Naples, Florida, died unexpectedly on January 21, 2016 at 59 years old.

Born in Baltimore, he was a member of the class of 1974 at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. In 1978, he graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a B.A. in History. After graduation, he returned to Baltimore to begin his career with Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Jay married Nina Lynn Peddy of Lutherville, Maryland on May 1, 1982.

Jay was a CFA charterholder with 37 years of investment management experience. For the last five years, Jay was a Senior Investment Advisor with Wilmington Trust in their Boston office serving private clients and institutions. Prior to Wilmington Trust, he spent seven years with Boston Private Bank, where he served as a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager. Jay’s work in the Boston finance industry included positions at Beacon Asset Management, State Street Bank and Trust, and Bank of New England.

Jay was an avid golfer who reveled in traveling to play anywhere from the Links courses in Ireland and Scotland to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  He was a beloved husband and father whose infectious laugh brightened everyone’s days as well as his curing hugs.

Jay is survived by his wife of 35 years and their two daughters, Jessica Beckett Wailes, of Evergreen, Colorado and Suzanne Taylor Wailes of Boston, Massachusetts. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard Wailes of Ashburn, Virginia and Christopher Wailes of Houston, Texas and a sister, Suzanne Wailes Obrecht of Baltimore, Maryland and was loved by six nieces, three nephews, one great niece and three great nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, January 30th, at McCommons Funeral Home at 2 pm in Greensboro, GA. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Bobby Blakeley, Peter Phelps, Chris Wailes, Johnny Miller and Chris Casey. The family will be opening their home to receive guests following the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Pine Street Inn at 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA or Second Harvest of South Georgia at 1411 Harbin Circle, Valdosta, GA 31601.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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