Martha Jane Stephens Gay • August 30, 2017



Martha Jane Stephens Gay, 79, formerly of Pensacola, FL passed away August 30, 2017. She was born in Mobile, AL and had lived in the Pensacola area for 40 years. She worked for the Escambia County School System for 30 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pensacola.
Mrs. Gay graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL in 1956 and went on to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree in Education from Montevallo College in 1960. She was very proud to have been a counselor at the Christian Camp Crestridge for Girls in North Carolina. Mrs. Gay was a Physical Education teacher at Blount Jr. High School and Brentwood Middle School. She was a coach for the cheerleaders at Blount Jr. High School when she met her future husband. She was very active in the church with the Girl’s in Action in the 1980’s. Mrs. Gay and her husband, Hampton Eugene Gay, moved to Stafford, VA in 2001 to be close to her grandchildren when he started to exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s.
Mrs. Gay is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Hampton Eugene Gay, December 28, 2006.
She is survived by her twin sister, Margery Elaine Stephens Keys of Decatur, AL; brother, Andrew Jackson Stephens, Jr. of Huntsville, AL; son, Hampton Stephens Gay of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Amy Gay McKinney of Stafford, VA; three granddaughters, Cheyanne, Cierra, and Savannah McKinney all of Stafford, VA.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens from 10:00-11:00am Tuesday, September 5th with funeral service to follow at 11:00am.

  1. CO SLAWSON FAMILY says:

    Cheer is my PE coach and middle school at Brentwood middle and she was in the awesome PE coach you can talk to her about anything and everything. Praying for the family

  2. Judy Boston says:

    I am just seeing this obit of Mrs. Gay. She was my cheerleader sponsor when I was at Blount for 3 years. I remember when she was going to have Stephen we had a surprise baby shower for her. She always wrote the most beautiful things in my yearbook each year to reach for the best things and trust in God to guide me. I loved her and am so sad to see this. My sympathies to you Stephen and Amy. She was so very proud of you both. Prayers to you and your children.

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