John Raymond Laird
January 1, 1970 - April 11, 2017

John “Jaybird” Raymond Laird II 51, of Wilmington, NC passed away on April 11, 2017.
Everyone who ever met Jay was immediately and deeply touched by his unconditionally
caring soul. He had no enemies, only friends. One of his passions was cooking and he
“knew a little something” about Texas barbecue… just ask the hundreds of folks who have
had the pleasure of sampling his tasty cuisine. Being a welder by trade, Jay would never
consider a “store bought” cooker. He would instead design and build from scratch his
ingenious masterpieces, and quite often offer them as gifts to family and friends. This
world will not be the same in his absence as he will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
Rest easy Jaybird, we love you dearly.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations. Please share memories and condolences with the Laird family by clicking "Share a Memory."


  • Billie Jo Toney Posted April 19, 2017 3:40 pm

    I will miss my brother Jay, I have so many memories . He left us way to soon.

  • Sandra Clubb Posted April 19, 2017 4:06 pm

    I am going to miss you so much Jaybird. No. Matter what, if I was down or not feeling well, you always come back with a big smile and made me smile and laugh. I love you ad I will see you again. Love Sister Sandy

  • Kacy Posted April 19, 2017 4:28 pm

    Miss you bird man, we shared some awesome memory’s you were more of an uncle to me then my blood uncles love you man.

  • Lynn Laird Towersey Posted April 20, 2017 8:58 am

    Yes Little Brother YOU will be very missed. You had a HEART of GOLD & YOU will LIVE in My Heart FOREVER along with ALL OUR MEMORIE’S. Love you Lynn :blue_heart::innocent::kiss:

  • jenny Posted April 20, 2017 11:10 am

    Miss you Jaybird. You always made me and Hailey’s day brighter when we would see you at CB. From your contagious laugh to all the many memories we have of all the fun times spent together. Till we meet again- fly high my friend. Rest In Peace and give Pat a big hug from us. :feet: :pig::hibiscus::smile_cat::heart::ocean:

  • Todd Watts Posted April 20, 2017 12:13 pm

    I still remember when I first met Jay. (Almost 39 years ago)God brought Jay in to my life when I needed a friend.Jay brought me a lot of joy and a lot of laughs. Little brother you were a good friend , I love you and going to miss you.thanks for the memories.

  • Billie Jo Toney Posted April 21, 2017 7:47 am

    I met Jay when he was 7 years old. We started in Charlotte NC.. We lived in Austin for 11 years. Then when I moved to Wilmington NC he soon followed.. He had a kind heart and always wanted to have fun. He loved grilling out. He loved his cats and boy did he have cats. We have one of his cats still. I will miss him on every holidays and every weekend. I loved him very much.

  • Eileen Thorman Posted April 21, 2017 10:46 am

    Rest in peace you will be remembered never forgotten his friendliness was just wonderful and he accepted Yankee and it was me and I ever made his Kitty litter cake before I left.

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