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Irene Keel Gay

July 25, 1929 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 92)


Walstonburg…………………………………….Irene Keel Gay, aged 92, died on Monday, November 8, 2021.

She was born in Wilson County on July 25, 1929 to the late Walter Clayton and Bessie Keel.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Clayton, Norman, Eva Lee and Danny Keel.  She was married to Paul Robert Aldridge and Herbert Gay, Sr. whom she survived.   


She is survived by her children: James Robert Aldridge, wife Sue and granddaughter Sam; Linda Hodges, husband Horace; and Lena Brewer, husband, Jerry, and grandson Dan Hines; step-sons Gerald Gay, wife Kaye and, Herbert Gay, Jr., wife Sandra and their children and grandchildren.  She is also survived by a special niece Phyllis Woolard.


She worked at North State Garment Company in Farmville over thirty years where she developed lasting friendships.  Upon her retirement she enjoyed taking bus trips along the eastern coastline with her friends.  She loved and was loved by her church family at Howell Swamp Free Will Baptist Church in Walstonburg. 


A graveside service will be held at Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville, North Carolina on Thursday, November 11, at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. Tony Glass. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside.


The family would like to thank the staff of Wilson Pines Nursing Home and the Hospice caregivers for their compassionate care.


Donations may be made in her honor to Howell Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, 673 Speights Bridge Road, Walstonburg, North Carolina 27888.


Online condolences may be made at www.farmvillefh.com.    

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