William “Jay” Herring Obituary – Shreveport Times

Services for William Jay Herring were held Saturday, July 30 at First Baptist Church in Coushatta. Visitation began at 1:00 p.m., followed by service at 2:00 p.m. Jay died July 27 at Memorial Hermann Hospital at Houston Medical Center. He had been hospitalized for seven months for a long illness and a double lung transplant. William Jay Herring was born on October 20, 1967 in Monroe, LA to his parents, James and Paula Herring. He grew up in Coushatta, LA, where he attended Riverdale Academy, and especially enjoyed playing football there. During the summers, he helped his father grow cotton, corn, and soybeans on the family farm. He enjoyed deer hunting and accompanied his father and brother to favorite hunting camps in Texas. Jay was a member of the 1985 Plantation Ball Court. After graduating, Jay attended LSU in Baton Rouge where he was a member of the Acacia fraternity. Jay loved being at LSU and was a lifelong LSU Tigers fan. He attended games at LSU throughout his adult life, and his family and friends knew not to schedule events with Jay that coincided with attending the games or watching them on television. After graduating, Jay moved to The Village in Dallas where he worked and enjoyed being with friends from college, who also lived there. He really enjoyed this part of his life and lived in Dallas for several years. Dallas is where he met Michelle Conaway while they were both attending the wedding of their mutual best friends. While Michelle was on a business trip to New York, Jay surprised her by coming there and taking her to Tavern on The Green, where he proposed to her on St. Patrick’s Day. Jay and Michelle were married on April 5, 1997 in Dallas. They eventually moved to Houston where their two beautiful daughters were born. Jay loved his daughters like no one else and was the perfect “Girl Dad”, going to countless football games, cheerleading events and whatever girls were involved in at the time. He never missed an event. Jay has always known how to put his family first. Jay and Michelle celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary while Jay was in the hospital. Jay and Michelle loved to travel and particularly enjoyed Europe. When the girls traveled with them, their favorite destination was the beach. They visited many beaches in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. You would always see Jay in the middle of the ocean, where he really loved the water. At home, Jay enjoyed grilling and watching sporting events in his man cave – the backyard. Jay has worked in the field of business to business in telecommunications. He owned a franchise business of UBuildIT Houston Gulf Coast, which built and renovated dream homes in the Houston area. Jay was truly a happy person, an early riser who looked forward to every new day and always enjoyed life. Jay is survived by his wife Michelle and their two daughters, Bailey Marie and Avery Nicole Jamie. He is also survived by his mother Paula Herring and his sister Libby Smith. Also survived by his in-laws, Les and Sonia Oszakiewski and his sisters-in-law, Jeannette Conaway, Cathy Rosson, Paige Kinnett, and his brothers-in-law, Blake and Court Conaway. The niece and nephews are Sadi Smith, Jon Ashton Smith and Brandon Conaway. The other survivors are his aunt Marie Keahey and his uncle LaVance Herring and his wife Judy. The surviving cousins ​​are Cash Keahey, Drew Keahey, Margo Keahey Presnall, Heath Herring and Kelly Herring. The other surviving relatives are Jerry Glover, Connie Hitchcock and Stephen Posey. Before Jay in death are his father, James Herring, his brother, Jim Herring, and his maternal grandparents Lester and Anna May Vetter. The precedent in death also includes Jay’s stepfather Raymond Conaway and parents Helen and Arthur Oszakiewski. Jay was a wonderful husband, amazing father, amazing son, great brother and uncle, and everyone’s true friend. A memorial reception will be held at Amedeo Italian Restaurant – 22704 Loop 494, #A in Kingwood, Texas on Saturday, August 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All friends, family and our amazing prayer warriors are welcome for appetizers and refreshments in remembrance and celebration of our beloved Jay.

Posted July 30, 2022

Published in the Shreveport Times

Helen L. Cuellar