John Lovewell Day Jackson John L. Day, 93, passed gently into pure love, on the evening of October 3, 2016. He was born September 13, 1923 in Arlington MA and lived most of his life in Jackson, MS. At the time of death, he was residing in Atlanta near his son and daughter-in-law, and died with grace and dignity. At this moment he sits at the Fenway Park of his dreams watching Ruth,Williams and other Hall of Famers, and word has it they've even invited a few NY Yankees to play along. His heavenly welcoming committee included many jazz greats composers, musicians and singers playing some of his favorite tunes including Stella by Starlight, All the things You Are and Every time we Say Goodbye.John served in the US Navy during WWII.He attended Harvard University and eventually graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Mr. Day retired in 1993, at age 70, from a multi-decade career with Marion Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals as a professional sales representative. After retirement, he stayed active by volunteering at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and playing golf with his friends at Canton Country Club well into his eighties. Retirement afforded him more time to follow the bliss he found in music particularly classical jazz. His piano in collaboration along with his friend's instruments gave his life a certain magic and beauty. Such beauty he found elsewhere only in his wife, Ann, who preceded him by two years in death. After Ann's death, he continued playing with the New Bourbon Street Jazz Band and other gigs until six months prior to passing. Both he and Ann are now reunited with parents, John and Dorothy Day, Tom Warner and Emma Burchfield. Mr. Day leaves behind an only son, John Day, Jr., of Atlanta; and younger siblings, Dorothy Ellis, Robert Day and Lois Butterfield all of Massachusetts. Though he outlived many of his friends, John Day lived life by the motto the only way to have a friend is to be a friend. He was generous in spirit, quick to laughter, likeable and humble. While he grew up in the Northeast and adored his family and Cape Cod home, he adopted his friends in Mississippi as family also, and they in turn adopted him. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at Briarwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Briarwood United Methodist Church. He will be madly missed by many.
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