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“To My Husband❤Knowing you was a gift from God. You changed my life in so many positive ways. You showed me a new way to look at many things....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Your wife❤ - TX

“To My Husband❤ ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Your wife❤ Vandergriff - TX

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family first and foremost! My husband and I have been a part of Jay's life for 38 years. Guy worked with him...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Cris Foster - McKinney, TX

“Jennifer, we are so sorry for your loss!❤ ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: James & Pat McLain - Rowlett, TX

“I'm truly at a loss for words. My sincerest condolences to Sylvia, Tonya and the entire family. I have such fond memories of you all. Jay and I...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Tracy Cotton - Edmond, OK

“My condolences to Jay's Wife, children, Aunt Sylvia, Cindy, Tonya, May your sweet memories bring you comfort during this season of life. I have fun...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Vandergriff-Helms - Tyler, TX

“Oh little brother, you cannot imagine the devastation I felt when I got the news. Oh how I missed talking to you yesterday to wish you a Happy...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy Schultze - GA - sister

“Jay's humor and humility were unmatched. The first time I met him we instantly clicked. I still remember the night Jay and Jennifer stayed up late...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Moath (Mo) Mohammad - Fort Worth, TX

“We played a lot of sports together Jay! Rest easy brother and prayers for your family.Ed Wafford and family ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Ed Wafford - Havelock, NC

“Jay, I remember the last time I saw you out by the pool in your dad's backyard. Your dad thought the world of you. He was always so proud you. I know...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Tim Parker - Dallas, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of great loss. Jay was a wonderful man. He had a zest for life and a wicked sense of...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kim Lewis - Colorado City, TX


Monty Ray Vandergriff, Jr. of Wylie, Texas, better known as "Jay", passed away peacefully on July 28, 2021, at 58 years young in Richardson, Texas. Jay was born on August 3, 1962, in Odessa, Texas to Sylvia and Monty Ray Vandergriff, Sr. He was preceded in death by his father. Jay graduated from North Mesquite High School and went on to Tarleton State University. Jay began his longtime career with Luminant in 1983. At the time of his death, Jay had been with his loving wife and best friend, Jennifer for 6 years.

Jay is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his 2 children, Lacy and Noah Gage; his granddaughter, Kinley; his stepchildren Blake and Ashley; his mother; 2 sisters; numerous other family members; and his newest puppy dog Jack.

Jay had a very magnetic and friendly personality; never met a stranger. He had many friends that he held near and dear to his heart. Jay enjoyed his work family and acquired life-long friends through his many years on the job. Jay had a passion for all sports but loved the Sooners of Oklahoma most. Jay played sports in his younger years, and went on to officiate sports such as football, basketball and baseball in his spare time. Jay and Jennifer shared a love for travel and took every opportunity to visit many destinations during their time together. Jay was selfless, kind and always there for those who needed a helping hand.

Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Saturday, August 14, 2021, beginning at 1:00pm. A short service will begin at 2:30pm followed by a Celebration of Life gathering until 5:00 pm. All events will be located at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home (2343 Lake Rd. Lavon, TX 75066).