SANIBEL, Fla. — Wesley Harrell Fay, born on March 29, 1965 in Atlanta, Ga. to Lamar and
Ellene Harrell, passed away surrounded by friends and family on April 11, 2018.
Wesley grew up the youngest of four siblings in Sarasota, Fla. and Shelby, NC. She attended St.
Mary’s School in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She belonged to
Chi Omega women’s fraternity. She studied accounting and became a Certified Public
Accountant in 1988.
Wesley was a talent in horseback riding, swimming and diving, snow skiing and water skiing,
painting, and so much more. She found new forever friends at every stage of her life - at school,
tennis, bookclubs, parties, and anywhere else she went.
Wesley married the love of her life, James Lester Fay, Jr. of Columbus, Ga., at her home in
Shelby on June 4, 1988. Together they raised three beautiful girls, Elise McGehee, Porter de
Launay "Laney", and Hannah Alston. In 2003, the Fay Family moved to Sanibel Island, Fla.
where Wesley and her family spent time playing tennis, boating, and watching sunsets.
Wesley enjoyed endless hours coaching, teaching, and cheering on her daughters in sports,
choirs, art, performances, and academic accomplishments. Her favorite place was Useppa Island,
where the Fay Family spent countless weekends and holidays. Wesley turned every house into a
home and haven through her decorating and landscaping. She filled those havens with art, color,
flowers, puppies, music, and love. Wesley was bright, funny, quick-witted, so strong and so kind.
To know her was truly to love her.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy, her daughter Elise (New York, NY), her daughter Laney
(Nashville, Tenn.), her daughter Hannah (Sanibel), her sister Tracy Hallett and her family (HK,
HK, Wilson and Campbell) (Charlotte, NC), her brother, Lamar “Mister” Harrell, and his family
(Ella and Logan) (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.), her sister Kelly Bell and her family (Edwin, Win,
Nathan, and Olivia) (Albany, Ga.), her mother Ellene Harrell (Sanibel), and hundreds of other
loving friends and family members, near and far. She was predeceased by her father, W. Lamar
Services celebrating Wesley’s wonderful life will be help on April 14 at 3 pm at St. Michaels and
All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel and on April 17 at 3 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in
Columbus. In lieu of bringing or sending flowers, please plant some in your garden, or consider
making a donation to Moffitt Cancer Center.