April 25, 1937-Nov. 24, 2018

Dr. John L. “Jay” Hix died Nov. 24, 2018, at the age of 81. A memorial service celebrating his life will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. His family will receive friends Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5-8 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be at the American Cemetery in Natchitoches.

Jay was born April 25, 1937, in Batesville, Ark., the only child of John A. and Monnie Hix. The family moved to Port Arthur, Texas, where Jay attended high school. He went on to attain his Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar State University in Beaumont, Texas, where he met and married Jo Condray.

Upon graduating from Lamar, Jay earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas in 1972.

A life-long educator, Jay held teaching positions at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL), Lafayette, Northwestern State University, McMurry University, Louisiana College and overseas graduate programs for the University of Arkansas, Troy State University and Boston University.

Jay is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jo Condray Hix; son, Kenneth Hix and wife Missy Toups Hix of Lafayette; daughter, Karen Hix Cherico and husband Tony Cherico of Rogers, Ark.; grandson, Austin Hix and wife Stephanie; and grandson, Connor Hix. He will also be remembered by the many students who touched and enriched his life throughout the years.

The family wants to thank Jay’s caregivers and friends Marilyn Cochran and Julie Scott, as well as the caring professionals from Circle of Life Hospice for their devotion to, and loving care of, Jay. He and the family were truly blessed to have them.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches Choir Fund.