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Jerry Harrison "JAY" Bland

December 5, 1962 — November 22, 2017

Jerry Harrison "JAY" Bland, 54, of Waterford, passed away on November 22, 2017. Jay was the firstborn son of the late Jerry and Carolyn Bland, born on December 5, 1962, in Pontiac, Michigan. He married Renee Beach on April 23, 1988. Jay was a proud family man with many friends. Jay was deeply committed and involved in management and coaching of football for the Waterford Corsairs for over 30 years. Jay also coached baseball and basketball. He loved sports, especially the Detroit Tigers. Jay loved music and playing his guitar. He loved "jammin" and being involved in 'open mike night' in several places around Waterford. Jay will leave a never ending legacy for his giving spirit and being thoughtful of others. Jay's final gift to the world was donation to Gift of Life in hopes he could help others. Survived by his wife, Renee Bland. Children: Jayce (Steve) Bland, Brianna (Angelo) Cantu, Keaton (Summer) Bland, Abbeylin (Jeffrey) Bland, and Billy Jack Bland, all of Waterford. Bobby (Rebecca) Beach of Clarkston. Grandchildren: Hayden, Stevie, Mariano Jay, and K.J. (Jerry IV). Brother: Joe (Jennifer) Bland of Clarkston and Sam (Jessica) Wilson of Clarkston. Sister: Michelle (Eugene) Walchesky of Waterford. Second Mom: Diana Bland of Waterford. Mother in law: Linda (Kent) Smith of Texas. He was Uncle Jay to Justin, Jake, Aron, Glenn, Katie, Hannah, Ian and so many others. Jay was also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Carolyn Bland, all of his grandparents, father in law Robert Beach, and niece Lynde Polasek. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017, between 2:00-4:00 p.m. at River of Life Christian Church, located at 5482 Winell in Clarkston. A Celebration of Jay's Life will begin at 4:00 p.m. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, consideration be given to memorial donation to his family. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling, Michigan. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jerry Harrison "JAY" Bland, please visit our flower store.


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