Anna Bell Gay
Stapleton, GA – Anna Bell Beckworth Gay, 90, loving wife of the late Marion J. “Bud” Gay, entered into rest Sunday morning, March 17, 2013 at University Hospital McDuffie. Services will be held at 3:00PM Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Avera with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Rev. Nathan Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
One of eleven children born to the late Ammie Lou and Roney Beckworth, Anna Bell was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, living either in Avera or Stapleton. Until her decline in health, she was an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for 40+ yrs, where she was in the Gleaners Sunday School Class and was a member of the Young At Heart Club. Anna Bell worked as a seamstress at Stapleton Garment Company for many years. She loved to work in her yards and to travel. She loved people, especially children, and was known for her hugs—“neck breakers”. She cherished her family and found great pleasure in her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This loving, generous mother, grandmother, sister and friend will be greatly missed.
She was also preceded in death by eight siblings, William Beckworth, Florine Beckworth, Bular Mae Usry, Cleo Martin, Frances Irby, James Beckworth, Robert Beckworth and Daniel Beckworth. Survivors include her daughters, Ponda G. Chalker (Louie) and Wanda J. Gay; two sisters, Sarah Guy of Matthews and Dahlia Brown of Jacksonville NC; three grandchildren, Stephanie Jones (Brad) of Waynesboro, Seth Williams and Chris Chalker; six great grandchildren, Bailey Jones, Brantley Jones, Caleb Jones, Cason Chalker, Mallie Chalker and Marlie Chalker; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Pallbearers will be Thomas Beckworth, Johnny Beckworth, Mike Beckworth, Phillip Brown, Donnie Guy, Jason Irby, Tommy Neal and Joey Usry.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobbie Kitchens, PO Box 4, Avera GA 30803.
Legacy of Love
A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.