James Johnson (Jay) Fore, age 66, died on June 9, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 13, 1955 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, to the late Archie Robert (Bob) Fore and the late Billie Jean Whitaker Fore.
Jay attended Lexington public schools and graduated from Tates Creek High School in 1973. He then attended Milligan College and Emmanuel School of Religion in Tennessee before receiving his Bachelors Degree from Transylvania College. He earned his Masters Degree at Georgetown College and entered the teaching profession. He taught at Lexington Christian Academy, Jessie Clark Junior High, and capped a 30 year career by teaching the last 20 years at Lafayette High School, where he. taught Social Studies and History. Teaching was his great passion, and he delighted in his work as one of the co-leaders of the Lafayette Speech Team.
While teaching, Jay was also the proprietor of The Comic Interlude Store for 12 years. Performing music was another source of pleasure to Jay and he played bass guitar and sang with a local band for over 30 years. Originally named “The Deceptors”, the band was renamed “The Famous Deceptors” in 2005. A great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for him was when the band rose to first place on ReverbNation a few months ago.
Jay was a member of Broadway Christian Church. In 1973, he was chosen to sing with the U.S. Honors Choir in Europe. Some of his favorite pastimes were fishing, snow ski-ing, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and X-Box.
Jay is survived by two brothers; William Robert (Bonnie)Fore, and Thomas Whitaker (Anne) Fore; three children, Mike Moonan, Catherine Moonan, Dan Moonan; two nieces, Jennifer Fore (Craig) Palmer and Heather Fore (Jeff) Summers; two nephews, Jon Mark (Leah) Fore, and Andrew Thomas (Kristin) Fore; two Aunts, Mary Virginia (Bill) May and Faye Puckett, and several cousins, great-nieces and great nephews.
The family wishes to thank all who have encouraged, prayed for, and supported Jay in this journey, especially those who assisted with transportation, food and personal care. Also, special thanks to doctors and staff for excellent care at the following: John D. Cronin Cancer Center, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky Hospital, Northpoint Lexington Healthcare Center, and Bluegrass Care Navigators (Hospice).
In place of a formal service, Jay requested that there be an informal Celebration of Life where family and friends can come together to support one another, fellowship and reminisce. This Gathering will take place on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 4-6 pm at The Milward Celebration Center, 1509 Trent Boulevard, Lexington, KY40515.
Memorial gifts in Jay’s name may be made to the Lexington Rescue Mission, Post Office Box 1050,
Lexington, Kentucky, 40588-1050.