Gay’s memory honored by Board

The Sussex Board of Supervisors recognized the late Walter T. Gay, Sr. Thursday night with the presentation of certificates to Gay’s twin memorializing resolutions enacted by the county board.

Walter T. Gay, Sr. was a public servant in Sussex County for all of his life. The county and his family will forever remember his accomplishments. Gay’s son William writes of his numerous accomplishments as a cherished citizen of Sussex:

“Mr. Gay was a pioneer of his time by being the first in many areas. He was the first African American Deputy Sheriff in Sussex County. He was the First African American in Sussex County to hold a constituted office. He was the first African American in Wakefield to be appointed to the Sussex County School Board and elected Vice Chairman the same year. He was a member of the Sussex County Planning Commission, and he was also the first African American in Wakefield to be appointed to a State Office by the governor.”

William said he and his brother graciously acknowledged this presentation the behalf of their father, for the recognition of his work and accomplishments.

“My father used to tell us to step outside of your comfort zone and reach for things that seem impossible,” William said. “What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. This presentation means so much to us and we are so thankful to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, Sheriff Department and all that helped to make this a reality. We want to thank to all that came to see this occasional and packing the room with love.”

Featured Photo: Ben May/Sussex-Surry Dispatch
Left: Sussex Board Chair Keith Blowe stands with Walter Gay Jr. to present a plaque honoring the late Walter Gay.
Right: Vice Chair Susan Seward with William Gay.

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