Chad Christopher Shay, 34, of Vidor, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Born on Aug. 12, 1979 in Galveston, to David O’Neil Shay, Sr. and Janice Mae (Nester) Shay, he was a lifelong residence of the Orange and Vidor area.  

Chad worked as a bartender at the Delta Downs Casino in Vinton. He was a graduate of the Bridge City High School Class of 1999, and he was of the Pentecostal faith. Chad made many friendships throughout his life, and will be remembered for his love of video games and spending time with his nieces and nephews.  

Chad is preceded in death by his parents and his maternal grandfather, Harold Haymon.  

Those who will most cherish his memory are his brother, Davied O’Neil Shay, Jr. and wife, Teresa of Vidor; sister, Bridget Marcellian and husband, Mike of Nederland; maternal grandmother, Shirley Haymon of Bridge City; maternal grandfather, Otis Nester of Vivian, La; nieces and nephews, Richard Shay, Abigail Shay, Gabriel Meyers, Kimberly Berry, Auston Shay, Christian Shay, Serenity Shay and Kylee Marcellian; his uncles, Steve Nester and wife, Susan of New Mexico, Harold Haymon, Jr. of Bridge City and Ronnie Haymon and wife, Samantha of Bridge City; cousins, Amanda Rueda and husband, Rusty of New Mexico and Steven Nester, Jr. of Austin. Chad is also survived by numerous members of his extended family and friends.  

Services to celebrate Chad’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Bill Smith, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services, where he will be laid to rest next to his mother, at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange.  

A gathering of Chad’s family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  

The Shay family wishes to thank all of Chad’s co-workers at Delta Downs, and all of the many friends who have been so comforting during their loss.  

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