James A. "Jim" Bay

1931 - 2021


James A. “Jim” Bay of Greensboro, GA passed away April 1, 2021 at St. Mary’s at the age of 89.  He was born on August 3, 1931 and was the son of Ann Hollums Bay and Andrew Bay. He grew up in East Point, GA and Washington DC., and attended Georgia State University. 

He had a long and successful career in the garment industry and worked for the Nunnaly McCrea company, starting in the warehouse and ending as sales manager. He went on to work for H. Mendelin and the Leslie J. Steel company. He later founded Drifter Sportswear, Inc. and BaySport, Inc. and owned sewing factories in Greensboro and Siloam, Ga. For many years these companies produced apparel for some of the largest retailers in the US. 

Jim and his wife Linda Alford Bay were early residents of Lake Oconee. They moved from Atlanta to the area in the late 1970s and currently reside at Reynolds.  He was an avid golfer, fisherman, boater and sports enthusiast and also owned residences in Daytona and Ponce Inlet, FL. He enjoyed his many friends and life at Lake Oconee, and always had a special place in his heart for his and his wife’s Mini Pinscher, Mickey Bay.

He is survived by his wife Linda, son James “Al” Bay, Jr. of Miami Shores, FL, sister-in-law Joyce Wright of Talladega, AL, niece Penny McKinney and her family, husband Jamie and children John, Mason and Morgan of Alpine, AL. 
Jim will be cremated and a memorial celebration will be held at a later date.
If you knew Jim, please remember him as a good man who loved his family, his friends, his golfing and fishing buddies, and his valued employees.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his name to the Oconee Regional Humane Society of Greensboro.  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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Jimmy Branan

April 12, 2021 1:25 PM

Dear Mrs. Bay,

I am just in shock.  You and Mr. Bay will always hold a special place in my heart.  I remember vividly the good ole days at Port Armor with Mr. Jim, Micky Channell and the crew.  I was bartending my way through college and got quite an "education" from those guys!  God bless him.

Love, Jimmy Branan  

TK Gordon

April 11, 2021 2:10 PM

Thoughts and prayers...I remember Jim and my dad (Tom) playing golf together back when Reynolds first opened.  Definitely remember them laughing.  

T.K. Gordon 

Becky Parrish

April 9, 2021 7:59 PM

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..
With love,
Becky Parrish


April 9, 2021 5:30 PM

Ricky and I were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We hope your memories are filled with happy healthier times.
 We love you!
Ricky and Marian Easley

Rhetta Morales

April 6, 2021 8:17 AM

Dearest Linda, please know that you are on my heart and in my prayers, as I was so saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. I was blessed to have you and Jim next door, he was always so willing to help me and oh my goodness, what wonderful memories of those delicious fresh fish he caught at the old, “Bill’s” Fish Camp! Love you, Rhetta

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