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Leary Jay Gatton

Leary Jay Gatton, 55, of Hollywood, MD died peacefully at home on October 23, 2020. He was born on April 12, 1965 in Washington, DC. The son of Virginia Montgomery Gatton of Hollywood, MD and the late Jesse Gatton of Hollywood, MD. Jay was the loving husband of Teri Gatton, whom he married on May 18, 1998. Jay is survived by his daughter Jessica King (Kevin) of White Plains, MD, 2 grandchildren Allison and McKenzie King. Siblings Bobby Gatton, Jesse Gatton, Jimmy Gatton, and Ronnie Gatton all of St. Mary’s County, MD. Cousins Steve Gatton (Chrissy), Alex Gatton, Jocelyn Gatton, Susie Clements (Danny), Jo Ann Gatton Demko (Vic) and Terry Gatton all of Hollywood, MD. He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County, MD resident.

Jay was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. He deeply enjoyed exploring the country with his wife Teri. Jay loved to make people laugh and would always lend a helping hand to others. He led a successful career owning and operating Gatton’s Auto Service, where he loved restoring his classic cars. His other hobbies included car shows, biking, hiking, beach trips and being an avid Harley rider.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD where a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Matthew Tate officiating. Interment will follow in Joy Chapel Cemetery Hollywood, MD. Serving as pallbearers will be Kevin King, Joe King, Scott Seymore, Daniel Boutwell, Luis Mejia, and Steve Gatton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Alex Gatton and Garrett King.

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