Jay Dunlap Bigler was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on December 5, 1947. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy before working at Park Place Hospital for 30 years. Working in the surgical department as a custodian, he kept his colleagues entertained with his witty sense of humor. He especially enjoyed the time he worked on a shrimp boat. Jay’s true love was fishing, spending many hours at the Jetties at a young age. His mother would bring him to the Jetties in the morning with his fishing gear and a brown bag with his lunch and a cooler of water. She would then pick him up in the afternoon and bring him home. He had a natural talent for baseball in his younger years and later discovered he was good at shooting pool winning several tournaments. Jay kept the tradition of the daily morning Coffee Club started by his mom, all her sons would come to have coffee with their mom and dad every morning at 6 am sitting in the garage. Jay was a wonderful brother and uncle who loved his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. His loved ones will always cherish the memories they have with him.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Delores Sample; his brothers, Billy Wellings and Charles Bigler.
Jay is survived by his brother, Eddie Sample; sister-in-law, Olivia Wellings and Yvonne Bigler; nieces, Heather Alexander and Greg, Alta Frazier and David; nephew, Darrin Bigler and Paige; several great nieces and nephews and his special longtime friend, Danny Lynd and numerous other family and friends.
The family want to thank neighbors, Chris and Shelly for always checking on Jay.
Cremation services will be handled by Melancon Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas.