Jay Beckett Wailes

Born: Sat., Mar. 10, 1956
Died: Thu., Jan. 21, 2016

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 30, 2016
Location: McCommons Chapel

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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 www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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David Ulfelder
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
Dear Lynn, Jessica and Taylor,
I wanted to express my sympathy to you for the loss of of a great man. I only had the privilege of knowing Jay since 2008 or 9 as a new member at Renaissance. I was introverted and a poor golfer but that did not matter to Jay. He learned my name and always asked me how my round went as our lockers are ten feet apart. I will see Jay's smile and hear his laugh every time I reach my locker. The Ren will not be the same without him. With prayers and love, Dave Ulfelder

Julie Hardigan
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016

My heart is broken for you and your family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Rheney
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Susan Rheney

Jim Lynn
   Posted Wed January 27, 2016
Jay was my first best friend. We attended Cedarcroft Kindergarten together. He was headed to McDonogh for first grade. I was from a Gilman family. The two schools were fierce rivals. Though I had two brothers and a father who were at and graduated from Gilman, I begged my parents to send me to McDonogh so I could continue to go to school with Jay. They seriously considered it...but hoping for peaceful dinners in the future, I went to Gilman. I next saw Jay in the seventh grade when we met on the wrestling mat. He beat me handily. We crossed paths at various events/parties over the years and enjoyed catching up, however briefly. From those brief encounters, I always came away knowing Jay had his act together and would accomplish great things. As sad as it is to read an obituary for someone so young, it's obvious it was a life very well lived. My deepest regrets to the family with the wish that wonderful memories will carry you through.

David Blumberg
   Posted Wed January 27, 2016
Dear Lynn- I was stunned to read of Jay's shocking passing. Please know that your classmates at Friends share in your grief and want to be of any possible help during this truly tragic time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls.

Greg Lintelman
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Lynn, so sorry for your loss. I met Jay at RGC and really enjoyed his company, playing golf with him. What a quality person. You and your family are in our prayers.

Karen  Coggins
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Nordstrom Burlington.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Nordstrom Burlington

Frank Kromm
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Truly saddened and shocked to hear of Jay's passing, and my sympathy to his family. I know his loss is irreplaceable, and he will be sorely missed.

I attended both Kindergarten and McDonogh School with Jay. For many of those years, we even rode the same school bus. He was unique in so many ways. In all of those years, he never had a mean word to say about anyone, and was truly a good and compassionate human being. His sense of humor was infectious.

My deepest sympathy to his family and those closest to him. He was taken way too soon, but I'm deeply grateful to have known him even for a little while.

Chuck Mitchell
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Lynn, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You know you have myself and your Friends School family in Baltimore if you ever need anything. We all love you!


Charles Mitchell
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016

MONET'S GARDEN  BASKET was sent by Friends School Class of 1974.

With our deepest sympathies. Know that we are with you in spirit, and thinking of you during this difficult times. Friends School Class of 1974

Kitty Bryant
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Dear Lynn -
Words seem feeble at a time like this. My heart goes out to you and your daughters and I join our schoolmates in extending any help you may need. The sudden disappearance of your life partner is a devastating loss that only time and loving support help to navigate - may your wonderful memories be a comfort in time.

Patty Salter Zito
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016

I was so sorry to hear about your husband. Friends Class of '74 has always been a close group through the good and bad in our lives.

Michael Edwards
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
We at the Creek Club are so saddened by your loss. We so enjoyed Celebrating Mrs. Wailes Birthday just last week and now we are just in shock. There are no words. Know that the family is in our prayers.

Michael Edwards

Leland & Suzanne DiMeco
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Jay's generosity and love has personality blessed our family even in the short time that we had the honor of knowing him. His legacy will live on in Andover, especially on Blueberry Circle. We send our deepest regards to Lynn and the girls.
Maybe God bless them all and comfort them in this difficult time.

Rand LeBouvier
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Lynn- I am so terribly sorry for your loss. We are just right down the road if you or your family ever have need of anything. You are always surrounded by your classmates, no matter where we physically are.

Sally Slingluff
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Lynn, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sally

Tara Gervais
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Lynn, Jessica, Taylor

My deepest sympathies during this difficult time . My thoughts and prayers
are with you all . May he rest in peace .

Tara ( from Dellaria Salon )

Andrew Blumberg
   Posted Fri January 29, 2016
Dear Lynn--So very sorry to learn of this sad news. All of your Friends School classmates hold you in their thoughts and prayers. As one who has also lost a spouse, I wish you peace, strength, and most of all love in the days ahead, as sadness subsides and happy memories grow stronger. Please take good care of yourself.--Andy Blumberg

Gail Vail
   Posted Sat January 30, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your daughters. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gail Vail

Lisa & Steve Lattari
   Posted Sun January 31, 2016
Lynn- Our deepest sympathy to you and the girls. You're in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.

Lara Colarusso
   Posted Wed February 03, 2016
Dear Lynn, Taylor and Jessica,
I send my very deepest sympathies to you all. I cannot believe he was taken from you so soon. I will cherish all the great memories of him over the years, telling stories and recommending restaurants to me. My deepest thoughts and many prayers to you all!!


Velda Smith
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
So sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family as you go through your grief. May God bless and keep you all.

Paul Eckert
   Posted Fri April 08, 2016
I just heard the very sad news about Jay. My father and his father were best friends from McDonogh. I have fond memories of spending time at their Lutherville home which I believe was a renovated barn. I remember the dog Chocolate. We spent manysummers in OCNJ. Our prayers are with you and your family.