Friends and family of 71-year-old Billy Ray Kay and 55-year-old Billy Jean Kay reminisced through a picture slideshow Tuesday evening at their visitation in Leeds.
The couple was found dead in their truck in Fultondale last week. Married for almost 40 years, Billy Ray's brother, Robert, says they were inseparable.
"The only good thing about the whole thing is they're always together and they left together," said Robert.
Billy Jean's best friend, Dianne Batson, reported them missing after not hearing from her. The two spoke almost every day.
"I called and I called. They said there was about 20 or so messages on their phone when her brother went to check it," said Dianne.
For many, the loss of the two is hard to believe. Catherine Roberts lived next to the couple for years and considered them to be like family.
"They were very sweet and they were always working if they weren't working on their own place," said Catherine.
Friends and family said once you knew the Kays you knew them forever. That's why many of their loved ones knew something was wrong when they didn't hear from them.
"My heart just sank, we knew that something was wrong," said Catherine.
"She told me they had found them and they were in that ditch. I just lost it. I was there by myself, I just lost it," said Dianne.
"You try to be prepared for those situations but you never are," said Robert.
Though investigators are still working the case the cause of death has yet to be determined
"From where the wreck happened and everything I just think they just didn't know the road good and it was dark and missed it," Robert said.
How the two died may not be known right now but one thing is for sure the Kays were loved by many.
"I wish I had the chance to say goodbye," said Catherine.
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