Mrs. Katie Ruth Dawson Gay

January 10, 1926, on a cold winter day, a beautiful and lovely flower came forth, Katie Ruth Dawson.

Katie Ruth was born to Almon Dawson and Colista Meadows Dawson, the last of eight children, six of whom preceded her in death. Katie Ruth was educated in the Newnan School System. She graduated from Howard Warner High in 1942. Later that year she moved to Camden, New Jersey. In 1944 Katie Ruth moved back to Newnan to care for her ailing father. Katie Ruth was an active member in the Newnan community. She was a member of the former Progressive Club, where she served in several positions. She worked as a Poll Officer with the Coweta County Election Board for many years, until her failed health, and she was also very active in committees for the restoration of Howard Warner School. “Kitty,” as she was affectionately called by her husband and close family and friends, was employed at Newnan Police Department as the first black and only crossing guard for a number of years. She then went to work for the F. W. Woolworth Co. until Woolworth went out of business. She was then employed with Big Star until retirement.

Kitty started driving at the grand age of 55, and there was no stopping her. She enjoyed transporting her friends, grandchildren and great grands, and she also enjoyed shopping.

Katie Ruth joined Zion Hill Baptist at a young age and has been a very active member. She was a member of the choir for 50 years. She was a dedicated member of the Pastor’s Aide Club and the Senior Mission. You could always count on her for any needs at the church. She was a member of the Sizzling Red Hatters and past Queen.

On Dec. 24, 1945, Katie Ruth married the love of her life. They were married for 66 years until the death of James Gay. To this union are four children, Reginald (Jacqueline), James Michael (Deloris), Kathy and Wayne (Joyce). She also leaves to cherish many beautiful memories her grandchildren, James Michael Jr., Latrice, Camille, Jamal, Awun, Ashley, Wayne Jr., Raven and Kyla; great-grandchildren, Joni, Leah, Kameron, Jaden, Mallory, Jalen and Reginald James (R.J.); a loving sister, Carrie Booze; and two sisters-in-law, Emily Dawson and Lauranette Arnold; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

One grandchild (Reginald Musomi) and one great-grandchild (Naomi Elise) preceded her in death.

A phenomenal woman indeed. Loved and missed by many.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Reverend Adrian Smith, eulogist. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, Georgia. Visitation will take place on Friday, July 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Sellers-Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Newnan, 770-253-1607. Express condolences online at www.sellerssmithfh.com.



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