May, June, and sometimes December are the months when students finish their high school and college careers. Its definitely a time for families to celebrate. This month and in June we will celebrate members of the family who graduated in 2017 and who graduate in 2018.

Sandra Sand Gay Tyson is the daughter of the late Mary Whitehurst and David C. Gay, youngest son of Pa Bob Gay  and Ma Lillie Parker Gay . About her graduation from East Carolina University on May 5, 2018, Sand writes, It was an honor to have my siblings, sibling-in-laws, spouse, grandchildren, Chris and Torie, watch me walk across the stage at Minges 05/05 to receive my Masters of Science in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling.  Thanks, guys, for being there through it all and special thanks to Dad for always being there.  To God be the glory.

Joshua Josh Gay is the son of Gwendolyn J. Gay and grandson of the late Lucille Gay Blow, daughter of Pa Bob Gay and Ma Lillie Parker Gay. About his graduation from North Carolina Central University and receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Josh writes: I am grateful and humble to be put in the opportunities I have been put in. All glory to God for my abilities and talents, and I hope to make my family name proud. I am going to Elon University for my Masters program. My life is only going up from here. God Bless and Thank you.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon May 22, 2018 inUncategorized

We should thank Uncle Dave for pushing for greater family awareness about health, wellness, longevity, and causes of death:

Few of us want to talk about all of these health-related topics. Everyone agrees that how well you are, how long you will live, and what you will die of should maybe stay in private conversationor, with your doctor/health provider.

Not anymore. Knowing more about yourself and your familys health history might add more years of good health. Knowing more might even provide a greater awareness of diseases you may experience.

At the 2017 reunion dinner, Uncle Dave challenged members of the family to learn about diseases that are prevalent in the family. He cited high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney problems. Uncle Dave said that the members of the Gay family died from strokes, diabetes, and heart attacks.

Uncle Dave speaking at the July 2017 Gay-Parker reunion dinner

On May 19, 2018, Uncle Dave used his own health challenges of having to receive dialysis treatment as a means of sharing health awareness information about kidney disease and dialysis to family and community.

Here are facts from death certificates and recollections of family members which support the somber statements Uncle Dave made about our family health and the pursuit of wellness.

Pa Bobs mother, Arie Gay, is believed to have died from stroke and heart attack at age 44. This conclusion is based on statements Pa Bob made when he shared recollections about his mother Arie Gay. He recalled that she had heavily swollen feet at the end of a day of working in the fields and that she would faint. No death certificate is available for Arie Gay.

Pa Bob Gay had one sister and four brothers. Pa Bob and his siblings died from the following causes according to death certificates found in and from Pitt County Courthouse.

Ages at death: 1-3 years old, 43, 46, 66, 76, and (81)Pa Bobs age at his death

Ma Lillie Parker Gays mother, Jenny Parker Moore, died from infection and tetanus/ lockjaw. Ma Lillies mother Jenny was 37 when she died.

Ma Lillie and her brothers died from the following causes according to death certificates:

Ages at death: 42, 50, and (87) Ma Lillies age at the time of her death

Pa Bob and Ma Lillie had 10 children in the years of 1915 through 1935.

According to death certificates in m, eight of Ma Lillie and Pa Bobs 10 children died from the following causes:

Infancypneumonia/respiratory disease

Their ages at their deaths were as follows:: three months, 17, 45, 56, 81, 83, 88, and 96.

One thing is clear: everyone in the family needs to follow Uncle Daves lead of becoming more aware about health, wellness, along with the health history of the Gay-Parker family.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon May 21, 2018 inUncategorized

Today, Emmanuel Community Unison Baptist Church  sponsored a kidney disease walk and awareness event.

Called Walk-With-Dave or the Dave Walk,  this years event continues  Uncle Daves desire to educate people about kidney disease and the process of participating in dialysis. Participants will made a $10 donation, which will be given to a local dialysis center.  Uncle Dave has been a dialysis patient for 10 years.

Heres thevideothat was shown on WITN Channel 7 on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon May 19, 2018 inUncategorized

On this Mothers Day, May 13, 2018, we pause to look briefly at the genealogy of Ma Lillie Parker Gay, wife of Robert Bob Gay, mother of 10 children, eight of whom lived well into adulthood; grandmother of 68, great grandmother of more than a 100, a great-great grandmother, and great-great great grandmother. Presently, only her two youngest children,Robert James (aka Bishop Gay, Uncle Rob) and David Clinton (aka Deacon Gay and Uncle Dave) survive.

In tribute, lets go back as far as we can to take a look at the Parker family.

According to the 1880 United States Federal Census, Dempsey Parker is married to Viney Barrett Parker. Dempsey is 26 years old, and Viney is 28. They have six children: Buck, 11; Maggie, 9; Mary, 6; Elizabeth, 4; Jenny, 3; and Buddy, 1. The family is listed as living in the Farmville, Pitt County, North Carolina area. Dempsey is described as head of the house, a farm worker, and both Dempsey and Viney were born in the 1850s, over 10 years before slavery had ended. Both answered yes for the Cannot Read and Cannot Write questions on the 1880 Census. In this census, Lillie Parker Gays mother, Jenny Parker, is three years old.

Twenty years later, in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Parker(now spelled Parken) family has faced several changes and additions. First, Dempsey Parker is deceased; Viney is now identified as a 50 year old widow. Interestingly, Viney reveals that she and Dempsey were married in 1888 and lived as a married couple for 12 years, which leads to the conclusion that Dempsey died just before the 1900 census was taken.

In the 1900 US Federal Census, Lillie Parker Gay is listed as a three-year-old granddaughter of Viney Parker, who is now the head of the household and has 10 living children.

The Viney Barrett Parker (Parken) household had 16 members. Vineys children are Margrit, 30; Mary, 29; Jennie, 26 (Ma Lillie Parker Gays mother); Daniel, 21; Dunprey, 19; Julius, 17; Laura, 12, and Clara, 10.

Vineys grandchildren who lived with her were Susan, 13; Florence, 9; Edward, 8; Blaney, 6 (Ma Lillie Parker Gays brother), Lillie, 3; Mary, 3, and Jarvis, 2.

Ma Lillie also later appeared in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 censuses as wife and mother in the Gay household headed by Pa Robert Bob Gay.

Mothers Day is an excellent occasion to pause and pay homage to Ma Lillie Parker Gay, the matriarch of the Bob Gay-Lillie Parker family.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon May 13, 2018 inUncategorized

All of us talk about Pa  Bob Gay. We have heard stories and some of us have had our own experiences with Pa. As a deacon at Pauls Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Pa was  aware of and lived by one powerful Christian doctrine: that faith without works is dead.

For maybe some of the grand children and probably all of the great, great and great grandchildren, here are a few comments about the works of Pa Bob Gay.

Youve probably read  about how sad and how uncomfortable large families were: that they were constantly battling and on welfare and begging everybody in sight. Not Pa Bob Gay. In fact, anybody who stopped by and talked to him would have to listen to him brag about how many relatives he had in the house. He would say, I got one of Jennies, one of Georges, all of Lous, Erma Dells, Daves, Lillies cousin, Spence, and Robert James gonna be here soon. We already got over 30 in here. Then Pa would let fly one of his full throated, hearty laughs, with a yes, sir or two thrown in.

Pa Bob Gay was a provider who was ahead of his time. We admire people who spend their time helping others.  We tout businesses that offer food baskets and turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We watch rich professional athletes who have  toy give-aways and fun times for needy children.

Well,  Pa  helped his relatives and neighbors just like that throughout his life. He was a free hearted man who discovered at some point in his life that the joy of living gave its greatest joy through giving.

Want a few examples? Throughout the garden season it was routine to see Pa  take a bag or two and go in his garden and gather a few meals for his friends, neighbors or anybody who asked for some of the vegetables.  For many of these friends, neighbors, and relatives Pa would go to the smokehouse and get pot meat and sausages or some smoked ham or shoulder. It was ordinary for someone out of the family to stop by to get meat for a week of evening meals.

During the Christmas holidays Pa busily packaged bags of fruit, nuts, and candy. As the Christmas season passed, he would set out bowl after bowl of fruit, raisins, and candy until his supply was gone.

Why did he do it?  Simple.  Pa loved helping people whether they were relatives or acquaintances.  If somebody needed it and had to have it, Pa Bob Gay would share whatever he had.  From the Bible, James 2:22 makes the point clear about Pa Bob Gay: Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect.

As we reflect on our memories of Pa during our reunions or just during conversations at lunch, we can learn a valuable lesson from Pa Bob Gaythat faith must also have works.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon April 18, 2018 inUncategorized

In the words of Alice Bay Vines, manager of the Glorifying Vines Sisters, Amp, & Group, their August 2017 trip to Lugano, Switzerland was wonderful.

Here are a few pictures Alice Bay made available to the gayparkerfamilyreunion blog.

Front: Johnny Ray Daniels, Alice Vines, Dorothy Daniels, Mattie Harper, Curtis Harper. Back: Anthony Amp Daniels and Joe Louis Daniels

In mid-April, the Glorifying Vines Sisters and Johnny Ray Daniels video recorded a cappella style Pray for Me, an intensely emotional gospel song.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon October 2, 2017 inUncategorized

Uncle Dave talks about health and wellness

We had a good time.  First, a fish fry which included dogs, burgers, sumptuous pig tails, pastas, banana pudding, and coconut cake. Then, a reunion dinner with an empowerment speech by Kimberly Gay Smith, a sermonette by Bishop Melvin Phillips, singing by Amp, his daughter, and cousin Melody Harper, a speech of encouragement by Elder James Phillips, and a health and wellness speech by Uncle Dave.  And of course, the family theme song, We Will Work performed by the Vines Sisters, Ronald Gay, and Charles Worsley.

Elder Eunice Gay introduced daughter Kimberly Smith

Bishop Melvin Phillips delivered a sermonette on family and love

Elder James Buddy Phillips shared words of encouragement

Kimberly Smith discussed and analyzed empowerment. Watch anexcerptof Kims speech.

Posted bybobgaylillieparkerfamilyon July 5, 2017 inUncategorized

Graduates of 2017 and 2018 in Gay-ParkerFamily

Uncle Dave pushes for more family awareness of health, wellness, andlongevity

Emmanuel Community Unison sponsors Kidney Walk and AwarenessEvent

Genealogical Tribute to Ma Lillie Parker Gay, Matriarch of the Bob Gay-Lillie ParkerFamily

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