Charles Clark Gay, Sr.

by | June 18, 2015 3:57 pm

Last Updated: June 18, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Gay obit   Graveside services for Charles Clark Gay, Sr., of Cleveland, Ga., will be held Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Cavenders Creek Baptist Churchin Dahlonega. He died June 12, 2015.

   Mr. Gay was born in Garfield, Georgia and graduated from Garfield High School and North Georgia Military College in Dahlonega, Georgia. Mr. Gay was a multifaceted individual. He was a loving husband and father, a businessman, an innovator and pioneer of diesel engines, an aviator, and a supportive and kind grandfather and great grandfather. He marveled at the development and progress of the United States, particularly with regards to transportation. Mr. Gay started Gay Trucking Company in 1945 with one tractor and two trailers, hauling cottonseed in Georgia. Later, Mr. Gay went on to become the founder and CEO of Builders Transport, Inc. in Camden, SC. Builders Transport, Inc. became the second largest truckload carrier in the country at the time with approximately 3,500 tractors and 9,000 vans and flatbeds. Even at the age of 94, he was always thinking of things to do, problems to solve and ways to be productive in his life. Mr. Gay is the son of the late John Harry Gay, Sr. and Fannie Clark Gay of Garfield. He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma Anderson Gay; son, Lee Anderson Gay; and three brothers, John Harry Gay, Jr., James Ormond Gay and Hugh Vinson Gay.

   Survivors include his son and daughter in-law, Charles Clark Gay Jr. and Ann Humphreys Gay of Sullivan’s Island, SC; grandchildren, Rebecca Travis Gay of Alta, Wy., Charles Clark Gay III of Charleston, SC, Hawkins Clark Gay of Savannah, Susan Sadler Stafford of Atlanta, Rebecca Gay Evans of Savannah, and Joseph Usher Gay of Savannah; great-grandchildren, Emma Travis Caulkins of Alta, Wy.,  Archer Dane Caulkins of Alta, Wy., Adelaide Lee Gay of Charleston, SC, Charles Clark Gay IV of Charleston, SC, James Guthrie Sneed of Alta, Wy., and Waylon Augustus Stafford of Atlanta.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cavenders Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 219 Dahlonega, GA 30533 and/or the donation of your choice.

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  1. Comment by Sarah Jane Gay Odiorne

    June 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Our Uncle Sonny’s obituary is an accurate and well deserved tribute to a wonderful man. He was the oldest of four boys, all reared in Garfield, GA. God blessed him and his brothers with wonderful, loving, Godly parents who taught them to work hard, to expect nothing without working hard, to respect others, and to always be honest. He was a devout Christian who didn’t flaunt it, but instead simply lived it. I was blessed to have him as my Uncle and can only strive to be more like him and his three younger brothers each day. I humbly thank Ms. Carol Martin for taking great care of Uncle Sonny. She is truly an angel among us. Our hearts go out to Charles and to Uncle Sonny’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will all miss him so much.


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