Paul Eugene “Gene” Gay: November 17, 2021

Published 1:25 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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Paul Eugene “Gene” Gay, Sr., 80, of Leslie, died at Hospice Pine Pointe in Macon on November 17, 2021, after an extended illness.

He was born in Eufaula, Alabama to the late William Lloyd Gay, Sr. and Ollymae Sanderlin Gay. Mr. Gay graduated from Clay County High School in 1959. After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church for over fifty years, serving in many capacities such as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, and as a member of the Administrative Board and Finance Committee. Together with his brother, Lloyd, they owned Gay Farms for well over fifty years. He as also part owner of Fresh Farm Produce. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Lloyd Gay, Jr.

Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he shared that love with his grandchildren. He was a woodturner who loved making wooden bowls for his friends and family. His true talent was the gift of story-telling, which he loved to tell to anyone, especially children.

Mr. Gay is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eugenia Sutton Gay; a son, Dr. Paul Eugene Gay, Jr. of Newnan; a daughter, Ginger Gay Rollins (Dennis) of Blackshear; three grandchildren: Sutton E. Rollins of Brunswick, Ruby E. Gay of Newnan, and Thomas Eugene Gay on Newnan; one sister, Anne Gay Head (Larry) of Americus; one sister-in-law, Bobbie Watson Gay of Leslie; several nieces and nephews; and numerous relatives and friends.

The family received friends at Hancock Funeral Home, 427 S. Lee St., on Saturday, November 20, beginning at 10:00 AM. The funeral service followed at 11:00 AM, with burial at 3:30 PM at New Park Cemetery in Fort Gaines, Georgia.

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Hancock Funeral Home, 427 S. Lee St., is honored the be entrusted with these arrangements for Mr. Paul Eugene “Gene” Gay, Sr.