Jay Lisby Dies

Jeffrey E. Lisby–Jay to Alabama Crimson Tide followers who have known him through his reporting in ‘BAMA Magazine and on BamaMag.com the past four years–died early Wednesday morning in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia. Jay had undergone surgery for cancer in the spring of 2003. This spring he was diagnosed with a return of the cancer, this time inoperable and incurable. He was 48.

In addition to his parents, Carroll and Mary, he is survived by a brother, Greg, and sister, Nina Beth Reeves.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday at Vance-Brooks Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will follow the service.

Memorials to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, Ga., 31909 or the American Cancer Society.

After earning bachelor's and master's degrees, Jeffrey Lisby embarked on a teaching career. Although he had not attended The University of Alabama, he had a lifelong love of the Crimson Tide. Therefore, he made the decision to go back to school. He entered The University and began working on his third college degree, this time in journalism, in 2000.

Although known to his friends and family as Jeffrey all his life, when he came to The Capstone he went on the internet as "Jay," and the name stuck with his new family. In the spring of 2000 he began going to Alabama football practices and posting his views. That led to permanent employment with ‘BAMA and an end to his quest for a journalism degree.

His official title was associate editor of ‘BAMA Magazine, but he was best known for his work in running BamaMag.com. Few sports reporters in the past four years enjoyed greater access and admiration of Alabama athletes and coaches than did Jay Lisby.

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